Top Cop: Domestic violence has no place in the Army

| March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Col. La’Tonya D. Lynn
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

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Welcome to Top Cop.

The goal of this monthly column is to provide crime data to our military communities throughout U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and to increase awareness, which will aid in crime prevention.

The Directorate of Emergency Services, USAG-HI, uses crime statistics to determine patrol distribution and to maintain safety and security within our communities.

There have been a large number of domestic assaults reported within USAG-HI’s area of operations, or AORs.

According to USAG-HI Policy 8, “Violence against a spouse is contrary to the values and standards of the U.S. Army.”

Spousal abuse is a community issue that requires a consistent and coordinated community response. This policy pertains to anyone, to include visiting civilians, family members and contractors who live, work or visit an Army installation or facility in Hawaii.

There is zero toleration for domestic violence. The best tip during a heated argument is to take a second and breath. Leave the house and take a walk or separate from the argument by going into another room.

Another instigator for domestic violence is alcohol, which causes irrational thinking and emotional arguments. The best way to prevent domestic violence in this case is to drink responsibly.

When a service member is the offender, that offender’s commander will put him/her in the barracks or with a command-assigned individual for a minimum of 72 hours. The command-

assigned individual will be no less than one grade higher than the service member and no rank less than a noncommissioned officer.

Accountability of the service member will be kept at all times to protect the victim and allow the offender to cool down. The same steps are taken if the civilian spouse is the offender.

The service member will be protected by the command and placed in the barracks.

A temporary bar from post would be another way to ensure a victim’s safety. The command may institute a 72-hour separation for verbal disputes that have gained the attention of the military police/Department of the Army civilian police.

For dual military cases, the offending Soldier will be placed in the barracks for 72 hours, and the victim will remain at the residence. If both individuals are offenders, the primary offender will be removed.

All domestic cases that reach the MP blotter report will be seen by Social Services. During and after a 72-hour period, Social Services will advise the commander of any steps that need to be taken to prevent a reoccurrence.

When children are involved, the interest of the child will always take precedence.

Our No. 1 goal continues to be to provide safe and secure installations for all who live, work and visit. The safety and security of our installations is everyone’s responsibility.

Gate Changes

Due to concerns from residents, the gate changes that were to be put in place for Aliamanu Military Reservation, Red Hill, Patch and Hale Koa gates will not be instituted. All current gate hours will remain in effect.

We need our residents to be aware, to be involved in their communities and to report suspicious activities to the MPs and DACP. We all can continue to make USAG-HI a safe and secure installation.

­Crime Statistics

USAG-HI’s DES uses crime statistics to determine patrol distribution and to maintain safety and security within our communities. From Feb. 1-29, the Schofield Barracks Provost Marshal Office, or PMO, reported a total of 303 cases for both AORs. A listing of these cases follow.

Report any suspicious behavior or witnessed criminal acts to law enforcement personnel at Schofield Barracks at 655-7114 or at Fort Shafter at 438-7114.

Assaults
Those involving alcohol: 1
Service members apprehended: 18
Family members apprehended: 11

Larcenies
Unsecured/unattended: 20
In housing area: 27
In public area: 15

Traffic accidents
Involving injuries: 2
Damage to property: 24

Driving under the influence
Service members apprehended: 14
Family members apprehended: 2
Civilians apprehended: 1

Traffic citations
Traffic citations that were issued during this time period in both AORs follow:
Cell phone violations: 20
Speeding violations: 115
Failure to stop as posted: 56
No insurance: 27
Expired safety inspection: 174
Parking violations: 32
Improper turns: 4
No vehicle registration: 7
Failure to register: 15
Driving without a license: 24
Expired registration: 63
Defective equipment: 18
No seatbelt: 9
Suspended driver’s license: 13
Failure to use turn signal: 11
Open container: 3
Excessive noise: 5
Expired license: 5
Crossing double yellow line: 4
Impeding traffic: 8
Failure to display front license plate: 4
Driving with earphones in: 1
Duty to report upon striking: 2
Following too closely: 4
Abandoned vehicle: 13
Disregarding a traffic control device: 30
Failure to yield right of way at intersection: 2
Prohibited blue lights: 4
Parking violations: 151
Failure to display safety sticker: 4
Fraudulent use of license plates: 1
Defective license plate: 1
Delinquent vehicle tax: 1
Unsafe movement: 1
Inattention to driving: 1

Pet Citations
Failure to control pet: 4
Not providing water for pet: 1

 

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