Top Cop: Being aware of signs aids in abuse prevention

| April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Col. La’Tonya D. Lynn
Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii



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.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and USAG-HI is dedicated to ensuring that our children remain safe on our installations. ­­We would like your help to stop abuse, in every form, within our military families.

In 1983, April was proclaimed the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As a result, child abuse and neglect awareness activities are promoted across the country during April of each year.

The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, within the Children’s Bureau, coordinates Child Abuse Prevention Month activities at the federal level, providing information and releasing updated national statistics about child abuse and neglect.

Hawaii is one of nine states to issue proclamations to encourage initiatives and events to spread awareness on this issue. USAG-HI has also issued similar proclamations to shed light on this issue within the military community.

DES is committed to putting an end to child abuse and taking the time to thoroughly investigate any claim of child abuse or neglect.

There is no place for child abuse and neglect in our military.

Child abuse takes many forms, from neglect to physical damage, and will not be accepted as a form of d­iscipline. Corporal punishment is allowed in the military to the extent it does not damage the healthy development of a child.

Healthy development means both emotional and physical. We must support the healthy emotional and physical development of our children, but never discipline them in anger.

The main goal in preventing child abuse is to protect the child and provide help for parents who have abused their child. This help comes in the form of counseling, treatment for substance abuse and classes for stressed new parents who need help with raising their child, as well as parents who need help and education on children with special needs.

According to the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services, the number of child abuse reports that involved Army families in Hawaii in 2012 was 148, and of those, most involved enlisted families.

Thirty percent of the reports were physical abuse claims, while 22 percent were threatened harm. Most of the abuse reports were filed by mandated reporters, which include medical, legal and educational personnel, but a few were the result of anonymous or unknown reporters.

Lastly, a majority of children abused in 2010 were 5 years or younger, with the gender of the child being evenly distributed between male and female.

Everyone must be aware of the signs of abuse to effectively prevent child abuse. If you witness an act of child abuse or have knowledge that it’s occurring, report this to your local PMO at Schofield Barracks, 655-7114, or at Fort Shafter, 438-7114.

Crime Statistics

The Schofield Barracks Provost Marshal Office, or PMO, reported a total of 345 cases for north and south installations in March.

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.

Those involving alcohol: 9
Service members apprehended: 19
Family members apprehended: 19
Unknown subject: 2

Unsecured/unattended: 40
In housing area: 36
In public area: 33

Traffic accidents
Involving injuries: 5
Damage to property: 37

Driving under the influence
Service members apprehended: 18
Civilians apprehended: 2

Traffic citations
Traffic citations that were issued during this time period in both AORs follow:
Cell phone violations: 18
Speeding violations: 207
Failure to stop as posted: 47
No insurance: 12
Expired safety inspection: 107
No vehicle registration: 4
Failure to register: 4
Driving without a license: 22
Expired registration: 49
Defective equipment: 22
No seatbelt: 5
Suspended drivers license: 15
Failure to use turn signal: 18
Open container: 1
Excessive noise: 2
Expired license: 2
Crossing double yellow line: 1
Impeding traffic: 6
Failure to display front license plate: 1
Following too closely: 3
Abandoned vehicle: 5
Disregarding a traffic control device: 1
Failure to yield right of way at intersection: 3
Prohibited blue lights: 2
Parking violations: 130
Failure to stop at flashing red traffic signal: 9
Failure to display safety sticker: 4
Fraudulent use of license plates: 1
Delinquent vehicle tax: 1
Unsafe movement: 3
Inattention to driving: 2
Driving on wrong side of the road: 1
Driving without headlights: 2
No license plate: 1
No protective equipment while on a motorcycle: 1
Implied consent refusal: 1
Driving wrong way on a one-way street: 3
Failure to yield to pedestrians: 1
Obstructed license plate: 1
Reckless driving: 1
Trespassing: 1
Operating motorcycle in violation of restrictions: 1


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