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SAGINAW ARSON WATCH ON THE LOOKOUT FOR VOLUNTEERS
The Saginaw Police and Fire Departments, and SCENIC are collaborating with the local Neighborhood Associations and preparing for another successful Arson Watch on October 30 and October 31, 2016. The Neighborhood Associations are looking for Arson Watch volunteers to work with the Police, Fire, and SCENIC departments to be the “eyes and ears” of Saginaw to help stop arson related fires.
Arson Watch teams, working with police, S.C.E.N.I.C. and fire personnel, will patrol assigned neighborhoods by vehicle from dusk to dawn. Other volunteer teams will patrol neighborhoods on foot to watch for suspicious activities. The patrols will focus on monitoring abandoned buildings and other areas that statistically have higher crime rates. Volunteers will be provided with Arson Watch T-shirts, flashlights, flashing lights for cars, and complete training on how to patrol throughout their watch. Refreshments will also be provided for volunteers throughout the weekend at various locations.
Commenting on the event, Chief Inspector John Stemple stated, "This is the tenth year we have implemented this event in Saginaw and it is amazing to see the positive impact this has made in the City. We began in 2006 with 17 arson related fires, and there were none during the weekend of October 30 and 31, 2015. We could not have achieved these results without the dedicated volunteers and neighborhood associations."
Citizens interested in volunteering for Arson Watch should contact their area Neighborhood Association to volunteer for the event. To find out more information about your Neighborhood Association and contact person, visit the City’s website www.saginaw-mi.com/residents/neighborhoodassociations or pick up a map at City Hall.
For more information concerning 2016 Arson Watch, please contact John Stemple, Chief Inspector at 989-759-1304.
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