DES National Night Out event draws hundreds
Mike "Big Mike" Farlow and McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog greet neighborhood kids near the McGruff House during Installation National Night Out festivities.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - About 400 members of the APG community turned out for the 29th Annual National Night Out celebration in Patriot Village Aug. 7. Hosted by Directorate of Emergency Services police and firefighters, the event, held in communities nationwide, celebrates police and community partnerships. This year's event included displays of emergency vehicles, weapons and equipment; marine and wildlife exhibits; a tactical bus assault/hostage rescue by Special Reaction Team members; a bouncy slide for kids and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog. In addition, DES personnel provided grilled burgers, hot dogs and refreshments for attendees.

Participating organizations included Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Picerne Military Housing; Army Community Service; the Army Substance Abuse Program; Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic; and the Office of Emergency Management.

Activities were held outside in the field near the McGruff House on Flag Court. APG Community Policing Officer, Mike "Big Mike" Farlow, said the police department did an excellent job representing the positive side of law enforcement. "This event could not have been done without the help and support of so many people," Farlow said. "Our thanks go out to everyone that took part in the planning, preparation and execution of the APG National Night Out. We are already looking forward to next year's event." View more photos at flickr.com/photos/usagapg.

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