• A boy from the Heidelberg community sits atop a German Polizei motorcycle during the National Night Out event held on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg Aug. 4. The event was designed to draw residents out of their apartments and bring them together to explore garrison and local national emergency response equipment and to become better acquainted with one another.

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    A boy from the Heidelberg community sits atop a German Polizei motorcycle during the National Night Out event held on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg Aug. 4. The event was designed to draw residents out of their apartments and bring them together...

  • Children from the Hedielberg community pet a horse ridden by German Polizei during the National Night Out event held on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg Aug. 4. The event was designed to draw residents out of their apartments and bring them together to explore garrison and local national emergency response equipment and to become better acquainted with one another.

    Petting the Polizei horse

    Children from the Hedielberg community pet a horse ridden by German Polizei during the National Night Out event held on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg Aug. 4. The event was designed to draw residents out of their apartments and bring them together...

  • Family member Daliah Daniels, 8, is secured to a backboard by members of the Deutche Rote Kreuz during the National Night Out event held on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg Aug. 4. The event was designed to draw residents out of their apartments and bring them together to explore garrison and local national emergency response equipment and to become better acquainted with one another.

    Backboard demonstration

    Family member Daliah Daniels, 8, is secured to a backboard by members of the Deutche Rote Kreuz during the National Night Out event held on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg Aug. 4. The event was designed to draw residents out of their apartments and...

  • Children from the Heidelberg community explore the inside of a German Polizei armored vehicle during the National Night Out event held on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg Aug. 4. The event was designed to draw residents out of their apartments and bring them together to explore garrison and local national emergency response equipment and to become better acquainted with one another.

    Up armored kids

    Children from the Heidelberg community explore the inside of a German Polizei armored vehicle during the National Night Out event held on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg Aug. 4. The event was designed to draw residents out of their apartments and...

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Twelve different agencies, whose jobs are to protect the Soldiers, civilians and family members in the garrison communities, came together in Heidelberg Aug. 4 to celebrate National Night Out.

National Night Out is an event designed to bring neighbors together, to get to know their local law enforcement agencies and to give crime a going away party, said Sgt. Andrew Metzinger, who coordinated the event for the Directorate of Emergency Services.

"It's a good thing for the kids to see what the community has," said Sgt. Alexander Garcia, who brought his sons out, "not only on post with the military police, but off post with the local police. So the kids get familiar with the Polizei and how they work."

Garcia said he was curious after seeing the advertising and hearing it on the radio, but mostly he came because the event took place right outside his window.

The event was held in the center of Patrick Henry Village, among family housing and playgrounds.

"For our very first one, it was a success," Metzinger said. "I know a lot of agencies that were out there ... were impressed. They were really excited. They liked a chance to get to talk to the military and the kids."

Garcia said during an ice cream break, he thought his kids were having fun. His oldest son, Alexander Jose, won some Legos from the U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg Fire and Emergency Services.

The Polizei had several vehicles and a pair of horses at the event, and the children seemed to enjoy using the loud speaker in the police cruisers the most.

"The kids were all excited about crawling over (the Polizei) tank, and the horses and motorcycles," Metzinger said.

"I hope they do this every year," Garcia said.

Metzinger said they do plan to have National Night Out next year and hope for more agencies and more community members.

"Not only did it build our community spirit, it let people know our host nation is part of keeping us safe, too," Metzinger said. "They are part of our law enforcement team."

(Editor's Note: Jason Austin writes for the USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg newspaper, the Herald Post.)

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