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National Night Out at Barksdale

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

The 2nd Security Forces Squadron and Barksdale Family Housing hosted the 9th annual National Night Out at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Oct. 3, 2017.

The event provided free food, local Law Enforcement interaction from both on and off base, Mcgruff the crime dog, Sparky the fire dog, and other fun educational opportunities for Airmen and their families.

The program is designed to strengthen community partnerships and generate support and participation for crime reporting and prevention in our community, said Staff Sgt. Ryan Woods 2nd SFS police services noncommissioned officer in charge.

Activities for the night included information on weapon storage safety, railroad safety, weapon displays, prescription drug disposal and a drunken driving simulator.

“National Night Out is dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, and civic groups and individuals devoted to safer communities,” Woods said. “The nation’s premiere crime prevention network works with law enforcement officials and civilian leaders to keep crime-watch volunteers informed, interested, involved and motivated.”

2nd SFS and Barksdale Family Housing have won two awards in 2010 and 2013 since starting this program at Barksdale.

“While 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,” Woods said.