Crime Prevention

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The Saginaw Township Police Department continues to look for ways to better serve our citizens. As a smaller department, it is difficult at times to devote manpower to specific programs aimed at small segments of the population, whether that population is residential or commercial.

We have had a community policing program in operation in Saginaw Township for several years. Though that program was very successful, it was limited to a small segment of our population. In looking for ways to increase specially assigned officers time and effectiveness, we have developed a Crime Prevention Officer Program, which is supervised by Sgt. Fredenburg.

The CPO program is widely recognized for its excellence in the services provided to the citizens and businesses of Saginaw Township.  In 2009, the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan named the Saginaw Township Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit the best of its kind in the State of Michigan.

This program builds on the idea of community policing but on a larger scale.  In our case, we have assigned an officer to each of our three districts.  These officers are responsible for dealing with neighborhood issues, Crime Free Multi Housing issues, school issues, and in some cases commercial issues. We also have two plain clothes detectives that work various assignments in supplement to the investigations and crime prevention unit.

The crime prevention officers are responsible for filling in the vacancy caused by the elimination of the D.A.R.E. program in the schools several years ago.  The T.E.A.M. program covers several grades and will cover many more issues than drug and alcohol use and abuse. The T.E.A.M. program has been found to be more effective in assisting students in making the proper choices as they grow toward adulthood.

The Crime Prevention Unit is supervised by Sergeant Chris Fredenburg.


Your Crime Prevention Officers are:
  • East District -- Officer Esterhai
  • North District -- Officer Esterhai / Officer Nothelfer
  • South District -- Officer Nothelfer

Crime Prevention Officers can also be reached on line at:


Featured Activities Include:

Community Partnership Program

National Night Out

Shoplifter Task Force

Neighborhood Watch

Business Watch