Getting to know your neighbors and surroundings creates a safer community. That is why Pullen Field was glistening with police lights and the sound of sirens, as Families stopped by Tuesday to visit Fort Belvoir responders during National Night Out. Fort Belvoir Police Chief Johnnie Kibler said a first encounter with police should not be a tense, confrontational moment, and National Night Out is designed to bring police and communities together under positive circumstances.
“The more that the community sees law enforcement and they meet them in non-confrontational situations, the better. This allows us to build a level of trust with the community and deal with them in a friendly atmosphere and let them know we’re here to help,” Kibler said.
Garrison commander vs. military working dog
Garrison commander Col. Michael Greenberg and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young were also on hand to thank everyone for attending. Unlike most communities which limit the event to police, Fort Belvoir’s NNO includes other first responders. The garrison commander donned a bite suit for the military working dog demonstration, and took off in a futile sprint, as Megan, a military working dog, did her job and took him down. Good girl, Megan!