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National Night Out unites emergency personnel, community – July 23

By Julie Fiedler | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 16, 2014

What does a fire engine look like on the inside? What does a fox pelt feel like? Are police officers good at basketball?

Come to National Night Out, or NNO, for a chance to find out, meet emergency responders and explore some of their equipment and vehicles.

“In a block party atmosphere, it’s our attempt to show a caring and supportive attitude displayed by the Fort Riley Police Department and its officers,” said Capt. Kurtis Mohlman, training officer, FRPD, Directorate of Emergency Services, who is organizing this year’s event.

NNO is scheduled for 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 23 at Ware Elementary School. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to July 24.

The event includes a free barbecue dinner, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and static displays by Fort Riley Game Wardens, Fire and Emergency Services and the Special Reaction Team (similar to a SWAT team.)

Attendees can also take photos with McGruff the Crime Dog and Daren the D.A.R.E. lion.

The goal is to strengthen the relationship between the Fort Riley community and DES personnel by providing various activities in a laid-back setting, Mohlman said.

“This is a time to build on the relationship between the Fort Riley Police Department and the citizens we serve,” he said. “Come on out and help us as a community in the fight against crime.”

Soldiers, family members and retirees are welcome to the community event, which is hosted by the police department with support from USO Fort Riley, Corvias Military Living and Unified School District 475 Geary County Schools.  National Night Out

NNO, known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” began in 1984 as an initiative by the National Association of Town Watch, or NATW, to bring communities together across the nation in an effort to promote crime prevention and build camaraderie.

The event now reaches nearly 38 million people in more than 16,000 communities across the United States and military bases across the globe.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie,” said Matt Peskin, executive director, NATW, according to the NATW website. “While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

For more information about NNO, visit natw.org.
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