Like communities throughout the country, Fort Belvoir’s Directorate of Emergency Services hosts a National Night Out event from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, on Pullen Field. The annual National Night Out is an event intended to build relationships between police officers and the communities they work in. The event establishes a sense of community and enhances neighborhoods’ safety. “Police departments around the country participate in this nationwide campaign,” said Capt. Tevin Radford, an operations captain at Belvoir’s Directorate of Emergency Services. “It’s a great time that gives kids and the public a chance to see law enforcement and fire department equipment.
“It’s also a time for community members to speak with law enforcement who work in their communities, ask questions and get more of an overall understanding of what we do. It should be a great event, for everyone who comes out,” Radford said.
NNO activities across the nation vary, but focus on fun for families and individuals, while giving community members a chance to learn about what police do.
At Belvoir’s NNO, planners expect law enforcement and fire department vehicle demonstrations, K-9 teams; a bounce house; food trucks and an obstacle course. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Police also participate, with displays of their police bicycles.
The first National Night Out took place in 1984, according to the National Association of Town Watch website. Belvoir has been participating in NNO for more than 25 years.