FLINT, Michigan—There will be big red trucks, fire fighters, helicopter landings, badges, uniforms, and lots of children in awe. Saturday marks the 8th annual Touch-a-Truck event at the University of Michigan-Flint.
“The purpose of the event is to help build a sense of community, and to bring young people and their families, and law enforcement officers together in a positive way...and have a little fun while doing it,” said Chief Ray Hall, director of UM-Flint’s Department of Public Safety.
The event is free of charge and known to attract thousands of attendees each year. It is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the William S. White Building parking lot at the University of Michigan-Flint.
A helicopter landing is planned for 11 a.m.
Touch-a-Truck is designed to encourage community engagement between law enforcement and the residents they serve. Parents with their kids will be offered various hands-on tours of law enforcement transportation as well as interactive games with law enforcement. Free music, face painting, food, and other activities will be offered as well.
Touch-a-Truck is made possible this year through partnerships between the Genesee County Sheriff Department, Flint Police Department, Michigan State Police, Grand Blanc Township Police Department, Mott Community College, and several local businesses — as well as volunteers from UM-Flint Student Government, Criminal Justice Club and First Street Residence Hall Block Club.
UM-Flint's Touch-a-Truck draws thousands of onlookers every year.