Public safety takes focus at Crestview 'National Night Out' (GALLERY)

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Crestview Police Officer Beau Baier speaks while Ethan Campbell, 16, listens and Timothy Lehneis, 14, holds the SWAT team shield during the National Night Out on Tuesday at the Crestview Community Center.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 06:40 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Nearly 100 residents learned more about the Crestview Police Department and other community organizations during Tuesday’s National Night Out, officials said.

The department and the National Association of Town Watch sponsored the event, which promotes crime and drug prevention awareness. In addition to participating in several family-friendly activities, including playing in a bounce house and face painting, visitors browsed police department vehicles including a police cruiser and SWAT vehicle.

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"I've been living out here for 14 years now and I didn't realize that they had a SWAT vehicle," Michael Pawlak said.

 In addition, visitors could tour a converted EMS vehicle and see some of the equipment the department uses. 

Volunteers at tables for the Mid-Town Neighborhood Watch and the North Okaloosa/Crestview Community Emergency Response Team handed out information on their groups.

"We just wanted to come out and support the community," said Pawlak, whose children were excited to see Burger King handing out free hamburgers and bottled water.

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