BEATRICE - Beatrice Police, Beatrice Fire and Rescue and the Gage County Sheriff's Office held a Community Connections Carnival Thursday night, at Charles Park in Beatrice.


"When we had it on Fifth Street it was mainly geared toward the Special Olympics and we decided to incorporate a little bit more of the community in this one....and this gave us a little more space and it's worked out pretty good."


Beatrice Police Chief John Hickman says besides games, free food and fun for kids and adults, the event serves as an opportunity to assist police or rescue workers in their ongoing effort to build a database of important information used in responding to emergencies.


"It has grown. We're hoping we can grow it a little more, tonight. We haven't been able to do this, recently. Every little bit of information we can get, especially with people who have special needs or cognitive disabilities, things of that nature...that we can put in the system really helps officers when they respond. It makes sure we're able to respond in a way that helps them."


The carnival also featured the Gage County Sheriff’s Office giving kids the chance to splash an officer at a dunk tank.


Hickman says the event also means a nice break from their regular jobs for police, sheriff, fire and other public safety staff members.  "We have a lot of the staff from our office who really bought into this and have gone way above and beyond with the planning aspect. They really did a very nice job of getting everybody on board and aligning tonight."


During the event, police, sheriff and fire vehicles were on display on Fifth Street.