Campbell Crossings hosted its annual National Night Out event Oct. 1 at Hammond Heights Community Center drawing in hundreds of Fort Campbell Families.

They met with local law enforcement officers and first responders in a fun atmosphere, learning more about what they do for the community while putting friendly, familiar faces behind the uniform. 

Established by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is observed across the country and serves as a community-building event that promotes positive relationships between the local police, first responders and residents within that respective community. 

In addition to creating a sense of community, the Fort Campbell event featured rides, demonstrations, games and activities at various booths hosted by agencies that included the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Fort Campbell Police Traffic and Special Reaction Team divisions, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Community Service and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“I liked that they had a lot to do for Families,” said Biviane Velez, who attended with her husband and son. “It’s safe, on-post, and a fun community event.” 

Her husband, 1st Lt. Jose Velez, enjoyed spending his downtime with his Family right on post.  

“It definitely helps connect us to the community,” Velez said. “I just came back from the field, so it was great to spend time with my Family here at the event.”

The theme of the event was “Back to the Future,” and a real DeLorean from the famous movie was parked at the event for community members to check out. 

Local law enforcement and first responders had tables and activities set up, meeting with community members and making new friends.

“It was a great turn out, it’s a chance for us to talk with the community and let them know what we do,” Fort Campbell Investigator Justin Dionne said. “We showed them the kits we use, we had finger printing kits and different fluorescent equipment. We also offered finger printing for kids that their parents can keep, should something happen, like if they were to go missing.”

Investigator Curtis Brown also assisted at the booth.

“Everybody fears the unknown, so we show them our capabilities, what we do, and we introduce ourselves,” Brown said. “Now if people have a question, they know they can come to us, we’re approachable, and they put a face to the name.”

The event had a huge turnout of Fort Campbell Families.

“I loved the turn out, everybody that came out had a great, positive attitude,” Brown said. “It was a great event.”

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