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National Night Out —Event helps take bite out of crime

Officer Felipe Nardo, Community Oriented Policing Service, fingerprints Elijah Malpass, Family member, at the National Night Out event Aug. 4.

Officer Felipe Nardo, Community Oriented Policing Service, fingerprints Elijah Malpass, Family member, at the National Night Out event Aug. 4.

Story and photos by Rick Emert

Mountaineer staff

The rain couldn’t keep more than 1,600 Fort Carson community members from attending the National Night Out Aug. 4 at Youth Services Center.

It was co-sponsored by Balfour Beatty Communities and the Fort Carson Mayoral Program.

The event, which is designed to improve community ties and prevent crime and drug abuse, included a fingerprinting booth run by Community Oriented Policing Service, military and Department of the Army civilian police officers and officers from El Paso County Sheriff Department and the Colorado State Patrol. The Fort Carson Fire Department had fire trucks at the event, which were popular among the children.

“Although we are a gated community, we are not immune from crime; we need to be aware about crime prevention, drug awareness and the overall safety of our community,” said Joey Bautista, installation volunteer coordinator and mayoral program manager.

While much of the focus was on crime prevention, there was plenty of fun for children and Families.

The 748th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), had

demonstrations of its remote-controlled EOD vehicles; Balfour Beatty provided free burgers and hot dogs; the 4th Infantry Division Band and country singer and Family member Amy Downing performed; and the military police had working dog exhibitions.

“The event went very well,” Bautista said. “Lots of good information was delivered by the different agencies, and we had 500 more participants than last year.”

Kiowa Village mayor Jennifer Isbill said the National Night Out event helps bring the community together.

“This is a great way to get the community involved and show what organizations are available on post to help,” she said.

The event is held annually on Fort Carson on the first Tuesday of August.

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