Deputy Director, Directorate of Emergency Services
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — What is a Neighborhood Watch program?
A Neighborhood Watch is a very important crime prevention tool that opens a line of communication between police and citizens.
With a Neighborhood Watch in place, residents can be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.
Not only does a Neighborhood Watch allow residents to help in the fight against crime, it’s also a bonding opportunity for communities.
Residents have control of this program, and they can have meetings anywhere, at community centers, parks or even in the carport of one of the residents. At these meetings, residents can have guest speakers attend, such as a representative from the police department to explain crime trends in a community. In addition, the police officer can offer crime prevention tips on how citizens can help take care of their community and be the eyes and ears for the police.
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Emergency Services has two community-oriented policing officers dedicated to the revamped Neighborhood Watch program. Area North, headquartered out of Schofield Barracks, has Mindy Dye; Area South, headquartered out of Fort Shafter, has Susan Manuma. Both officers are experienced, highly-trained Department of the Army civilian police officers. Their major duties will be to police the community.
Dye and Manuma are responsible for coordinating Neighborhood Watch efforts for military and civilian communities on all Army installations here in Hawaii. A large part of their duties will be to interact with community leaders and members; to attend resident advisory panel, or RAP, meetings; and to train and prepare volunteers to work within their communities.
Both of these officers are active in housing RAPs, which meet regularly in the community. Come out and bring your issues and comments. This resource aids residents, but it requires community members’ participation and support.
Remember, when you witness something that does not seem right, there is a good chance it’s not. Go with your gut feeling and report it. Be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Be that concerned neighbor.