KMC Ghosts and goblins hit the streets

by Christine June
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***Little groovy ghoulies hit the streets Oct.31 for a fun-filled night of fright, fun and candy.

And, the KMC police were on pumpkin patrol to keep them safe. For at least 20 years, Pumpkin Patrols, including the German Zivil (Civilian) Police, Air Force’s Security Police and the Army’s Military Police have patrolled all the housing areas in the KMC during trick-or-treating hours.

 “It’s his first time ever coming out (for trick-or-treating) because we have been kind of afraid because of the cars and when they are so little, you just don’t know what might happen if they pull away from you,” said Barbara Mayers, mother of a four-year-old trick-or-treater. “I decided to come out this year because I heard that the SPs and MPs were going to be out here and that made me feel safer about him walking around. I’ve seen them on every street, watching out for the kids and stopping cars.”
Her husband couldn’t agree more.

“They (SPs and MPs) are all over the place,” said Capt. Jerry Mayers, from the Landstuhl Dental Activity. “There are no teenagers out here causing a ruckus. There are no eggs or toilet paper. I don’t see any property damage. There are no pumpkins smashed in the middle of the street. This is a great experience so far.”

***image2***Pumpkin Patrol is an ongoing program sponsored by the Army and the Air Force to conduct walking patrols in the housing areas to help deter mischief and ensure the safety of kids out trick-or-treating, said Maj. Jeneen Johnson, the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern provost marshal. “It provides peace of mind for parents who may be concerned about their children going out for trick-or treating.”


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