NEWS RELEASE   2/14/2012

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CITY OF FLINT WILL BEGIN A NEW ROUND OF BLUE BADGE POLICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Flint, Michigan – February 14, 2012 – The City of Flint will conduct a series of six training sessions for residents interested in becoming police volunteers. Police volunteers assist the Flint Police Department with crowd and traffic control for major events, administrative duties, dignitary details and community relations functions. Volunteers also play a vital role in supplementing police resources through such activities as neighborhood block clubs, participating in crime watch and crime prevention activities, and staffing mini-stations in each of the city’s nine wards.

Residents must attend all training sessions and successfully pass a background check before becoming an official Blue Badge Police Volunteer.

The training sessions will cover a range of topics. All trainings will be held at the Flint Police Academy, 3420 St. John Street (off James P. Cole Blvd.) from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm on the following days:

March 5, 2012
Topic: Policy Procedures, City Ordinances,
and Legal Updates

March 6, 2012
Topic: Traffic and Crowd Control

March 12, 2012
Topic: Personal Safety

March 13, 2012
Topic: Deescalating Conflict

March 19, 2012
Topic: Radio Communications

March 20, 2012
Topic: Report Writing


Space is limited. All participants must confirm their attendance no later than 4:00 pm March 2nd by contacting Officer Tanya Meeks at tmeeks@cityofflint.com or

(810) 237-6926.



Blue Badge is the umbrella initiative for recruiting and engaging a corps of citizen volunteers to fight crime and re-assert control over public space in Flint’s neighborhoods. Volunteers play a vital role in supplementing police resources through such activities as neighborhood block clubs, participating in crime watch and crime prevention activities, staffing mini-stations in each of the city’s nine wards and assisting in such areas as traffic control, special events and dignitary details.

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