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Crime prevention and Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to Ellsworth

Senior Airman Dorukhan Reels, a response force leader assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, hugs Emmalyn Jensen, daughter of Staff Sgt. Michael Jensen, a cyber transport systems technician assigned to the 28th Communications Squadron, during a Superhero Parade at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017.This is just one of eight events that are happening on base where 28th SFS members are spreading awareness for Crime Prevention Month and are keeping Halloween safe and fun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Senior Airman Dorukhan Reels, a response force leader assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, hugs Emmalyn Jensen, daughter of Staff Sgt. Michael Jensen, a cyber transport systems technician assigned to the 28th Communications Squadron, during a Superhero Parade at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017.This is just one of eight events that are happening on base where 28th SFS members are spreading awareness for Crime Prevention Month and are keeping Halloween safe and fun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Staff Sgt. Tyler Perry, a security forces evaluator assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, holds a child for a picture at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. Local police and 28th SFS members posed for pictures, handed out candy and raised awareness about Crime Prevention Month during a superhero parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Staff Sgt. Tyler Perry, a security forces evaluator assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, holds a child for a picture at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. Local police and 28th SFS members posed for pictures, handed out candy and raised awareness about Crime Prevention Month during a superhero parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Jon Pressly and Staff Sgt. Kellie Grabe, response force members assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, arrest a “criminal” played by Airman 1st Class Michael Escalante, a 28th SFS member, during an event for Crime Prevention Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. During the parade, Escalante would “break out” and security forces members dressed as superheroes would bring him to “justice”. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Jon Pressly and Staff Sgt. Kellie Grabe, response force members assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, arrest a “criminal” played by Airman 1st Class Michael Escalante, a 28th SFS member, during an event for Crime Prevention Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. During the parade, Escalante would “break out” and security forces members dressed as superheroes would bring him to “justice”. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Force Protection members assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron stand for a picture with families from the local community during an event for Crime Prevention Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. October is when local communities and law enforcement agencies team up to help crack down on crime and make neighborhoods a safer place for everyone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Force Protection members assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron stand for a picture with families from the local community during an event for Crime Prevention Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. October is when local communities and law enforcement agencies team up to help crack down on crime and make neighborhoods a safer place for everyone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Jon Speicher, the resource advisor for the 28th Security Forces Squadron, hands out candy to a child during an event for Crime Prevention Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. The 28th SFS and local law enforcement build relationships with the local community by holding multiple events throughout October, and raising awareness for crime prevention.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Jon Speicher, the resource advisor for the 28th Security Forces Squadron, hands out candy to a child during an event for Crime Prevention Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. The 28th SFS and local law enforcement build relationships with the local community by holding multiple events throughout October, and raising awareness for crime prevention.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Tech. Sgt. Nathan Patterson, the police services non-commissioned officer in charge assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, gives out candy to children during an event for Crime Prevention Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. Patterson and other law enforcement members build relationships and strengthen their team in order to be more effective in preventing crime by holding events such as the Superhero Parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Tech. Sgt. Nathan Patterson, the police services non-commissioned officer in charge assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, gives out candy to children during an event for Crime Prevention Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. Patterson and other law enforcement members build relationships and strengthen their team in order to be more effective in preventing crime by holding events such as the Superhero Parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Jon Spiecher, the resource advisor for the 28th Security Forces Squadron, dressed as a superhero, stops a “criminal” played by Airman 1st Class Michael Escalante, a 28th SFS member, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017.  The SFS hosts the annual Superhero Parade for Crime Prevention Month among others including Trunk or Treat, Little Defenders, Pumpkin Patrol, Cops and Neighbors, a weapons display and a visit to the Child Development Center by McGruff the Crime Dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Jon Spiecher, the resource advisor for the 28th Security Forces Squadron, dressed as a superhero, stops a “criminal” played by Airman 1st Class Michael Escalante, a 28th SFS member, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. The SFS hosts the annual Superhero Parade for Crime Prevention Month among others including Trunk or Treat, Little Defenders, Pumpkin Patrol, Cops and Neighbors, a weapons display and a visit to the Child Development Center by McGruff the Crime Dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Jon Pressly, a visitor control center clerk assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, dresses up as a superhero, passes out candy to children in base housing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. October is Crime Prevention Month and helps recognize heroes such as local law enforcement officers and the 28th SFS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Jon Pressly, a visitor control center clerk assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, dresses up as a superhero, passes out candy to children in base housing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. October is Crime Prevention Month and helps recognize heroes such as local law enforcement officers and the 28th SFS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

The 28th Security Forces Squadron and the Family Advocacy Program are hosting several events in October to raise awareness about Crime Prevention and Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.

The 28th SFS and FAP are spreading awareness by holding Halloween themed events and a bowling event to try and help people in the local community.

“This is a month where the SFS is raising awareness about potential crimes in the area,” said Capt. Zachary Jarvis, the 28th SFS operations officer. “It’s also a great opportunity for us to connect with the local community and instill trust between them and law enforcement agencies.”

In doing so, the 28th SFS is teaming up with local law enforcement to bolster relationships with the local community using a Halloween theme.

The events hosted by the 28th SFS include the Superhero Crime Prevention Parade, Trunk or Treat, Little Defenders Trick or Treat Festival, Pumpkin Patrol and a weapons display.

28th SFS members and local law enforcement dressed up in Superhero costumes and paraded around base housing handing out candy to children. Trunk or Treat will be held at Camp Lancer and the Pumpkin Patrol is where individuals on base housing will keep an eye on the neighborhood on Halloween night.

Jarvis continued by saying these events gives SFS Airmen a chance to interact with fellow Airmen, civilian law enforcement, families and members of the local community.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month also falls in October. This year, Kimberly Kohler, the Family Advocacy Outreach Manager, decided bowling would be a unique way to bring awareness to the base community.

“It is a month to recognize victims and survivors of domestic violence,” Kohler said. “We are able to help people notice the signs and educate them on the resources they have available.”

One of the many signs of domestic violence is the absence of communication between partners. The staff at FAP bridges this gap by fostering conversation in a safe and friendly environment.

“The bowling event is a great way for us to have communication between individuals who may have been affected by domestic violence,” said Master Sgt. Luis Guillen Diaz, the Mental Health Clinic flight chief assigned to the 28th Medical Group. “A day of bowling and fun will hopefully help people realize we are here to help them.”

The Ellsworth FAP will be hosting the ‘Strike Out Domestic Violence’ bowling event at the Bandit Lanes Bowling Alley, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2017. There will be a guest speaker from Working Against Violence, Inc., and the first 25 participants to register bowl for free.

To register or for further information, please call Kohler at (605)385-3656.

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