Anti-gang summit in Saginaw encourages community to educate youth on dangers of joining gangs, kicks off anti-violence campaign
SAGINAW, MI — The Police Chiefs Association of Saginaw and Saginaw County Judge M.T. Thompson Jr. held an anti-gang and anti-violence summit on Saturday to familiarize the community with gang violence in Saginaw.
Officials gave a presentation of the current situation involving local gangs, drug trade and violent crimes that "plague our city," according to Saginaw Interim Police Chief Brian Lipe.
They discussed the homicides in 2012, including those ofTamaris "TJ" Steward and Milton Hall, with the residents that attended.
Lipe said it is important for the community to know how the Saginaw Police Department is addressing issues and to know that the police need their help in finding resolutions.
Several members of the police force attended the event at the Dow Event Center.
Lipe, Thompson and other officials spoke about the significance of talking with children early about staying away from gangs and drugs.
The summit kicked off a month-long campaign to find ways to put an end to violent crimes and drug distribution in the city.
To continue the campaign, a team of Saginaw police officers will visit all of the elementary schools in the city to talk with students.
Lipe said his goal with the visits is to "raise awareness and educate our youth on the dangers of joining a gang."
"It's important that we as a community address the problems that lead to violent crime in our neighborhoods. The situation is serious and everyone needs to do their part in order to address the violence and put an end to the senseless shootings and homicides we have in the city," Lipe said.