Pumpkin Patrollers keep children safe

Airman Edward Drescher
Kaiserslautern American

Parents don’t have to worry about safe trick-or-treating as the 568th Security Forces Squadron will team up with Ramstein ROTC cadets and other volunteers to form the Pumpkin Patrol 6 to 8 p.m. today in the KMC.

Pumpkin Patrol is formed annually in order to ensure the safety of on base trick-or-treaters.

Members of the Pumpkin Patrol are assigned different sectors of the housing area which they patrol on foot. Each person attends a guard mount in which they receive a safety briefing, police traffic vests and radios.

“I think Pumpkin Patrol helps a lot,” said Master Sgt. Donald Tubbs, 568th SFS NCOIC of police services. “It gives the parents and the kids a good sense of security.”

A minimum of 12 patrollers will be assigned to each KMC housing area to make sure the children stay clear of traffic. These patrollers will have direct radio contact with on duty police if they see something suspicious, said Sergeant Tubbs.

“I think the Pumpkin Patrol has a very big impact,” said Sergeant Tubbs. “The community appreciates what we do and the volunteers feel that this is a very worthwhile effort.”

McGruff the Crime Dog is also part of the Pumpkin Patrol. He has allotted time in each KMC housing area in which he will provide entertainment for the children.

“We will definitely be out there in force, making sure everyone is safe,” said Airman 1st Class Daniel Chaale, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron police services staff Airman. “It should be a fun night”