Fort Belvoir’s Directorate of Emergency Services hosts a National Night Out event from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 7 on Pullen Field.

National Night Out is a nationwide, annual event with a goal to build relationships between police officers and their local communities. The campaign fosters ideas, like establishing a sense of community, when neighborhoods are kept safe.

Capt. Michael Lubinski, said NNO was a time for the Fort Belvoir community, “to see the human side to all the police officers and fire fighters. They are no different than those in the community, and we are here to help support the families and Service members here on post.” Lubinski is an operations officer at Belvoir’s DES.

NNO activities across the nation vary, but they all focus on fun for families and individuals and giving community members the chance to learn about what police do.

Belvoir’s Police Department will give a K-9 demonstration, showing the range of skills of dogs on the police force to deter and apprehend suspects. Demonstrators wear bodysuit protection and act as mock suspects. The fire department will also demonstrate how it rescues people from cars.

“National Night Out is an annual, community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and a better place to live,” wrote Staff Sgt. Keithley Watts, a DES operations sergeant and investigation supervisor. “It gives the community the opportunity to see that police and fire departments are there to assist and protect the community, regardless of the situation that might occur.”

Also available at the event is food from several food trucks and child-friendly activities.

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.

National Night Out – Aug. 7 Pullen Field

5 p.m., Food trucks arrive, event begins

6 p.m., Opening remarks

6:15 p.m., Fire and Rescue cut car

Every half hour from 6:15-7:45, K-9 demos

Every 15 minutes from 6:30-7:30, Motors demos