By Senior Airman Justin Parsons, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affair / Published August 24, 2017
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 9th Security Forces Squadron Airmen participated in the annual National Night Out, hosted in Marysville, recently to promote positive relations between law enforcement and the local community they are sworn to protect.
National Night Out is an event held in over 16,000 communities nationwide. 9th SFS Airmen attended to help build relations with the local neighborhoods by showcasing what they do to ensure the safety and security of Beale Air Force Base.
"I’m excited that our Airmen are ambassadors to the community," said Capt. Jordan Criss 9th SFS operations officer. “Our interaction with them shows we are here to do what's right, which builds a culture of trust."
Beale Airmen spoke to attendees on the details of their career field and provided an opportunity to local families to have minors complete a fingerprint identification kit, which includes up-to-date information on the child to be given to local authorities in an emergency situation.
"We fingerprint all ten digits of their hands and include any information on the child, including photos, and give that kit back to the parents for safe keeping." said Staff Sgt. Robert Kammeyer II, 9th SFS security forces leader. "It allows parents to give local police a complete profile on their child in the case of an emergency."
Beale participating in events like the NNO is designed to help establish strong relationships between the Airmen and local population and instill that in younger generations.
"We aim to teach kids it is a good thing to have a positive interaction with police officers and if they see something bad or suspicious to tell an adult or an officer,” Criss said. “We want to grow great kids that have trust in the military and the police.”