Keiki IDs can help keep children safe

| April 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

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More than 150 keiki (“child/children” in Hawaiian) identifications have been issued in the past two weeks as U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii law enforcement personnel are continuing outreach efforts with military communities during public events.

The Schofield Barracks Bike Patrol issued 76 keiki IDs to children and parents during the Earth Day Family Fun Fest, March 30; the week prior, another 98 IDs were issued during the “End the Use of the R-Word Rally,” hosted by the Exceptional Family Member Program, Army Community Service.

The Honolulu Police Department has partnered with Chevron to host this opportunity within our communities since 1998.

Originally, the keiki ID only had basic information: the child’s name, parents’ names, date of birth, hair and eye color, and a thumbprint.

Recent updates to the keiki ID now include a picture, both thumbprints and home address.

Keiki ID cards issued by the USAG-HI Directorate of Emergency Services have all four fingerprints, blood type and a hair sample.

This update provides additional information and a DNA sample, if necessary.

A keiki ID can be a valuable tool to help identify a lost child in the case of an emergency. Parents should store their child’s keiki ID in a safe, but accessible location at home, and update the information annually.

Island Palm Communities, DES and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will regularly post on their Facebook pages the dates of events during which keiki IDs will be issued.

The following is a list of upcoming community events:

•Bike Rodeo, April 13, Aliamanu Military Reservation;
•McGruff/D.A.R.E. Support, April 16, Fort Shafter Child Development Center;
•Earth Day, April 27, Fort Shafter Flats; and
•May Day, May 17, Solomon Elementary, Schofield Barracks.

In case of an emergency, contact the Missing Child Center at 586-1449, or your local military police station: Schofield Barracks at 655-7114/5555, or Fort Shafter at 438-7114.

 

The Blotter

The following are excerpts taken from actual Military Police blotter entries from the USAG-HI area of operations, including Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. Subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

DES collects and uses these crime and incident statistics to determine patrol distribution within our Army communities.

 

Toddler found unattended on HMR

The Schofield Barracks Police Station was notified of an unattended child found wandering the streets nearly half a mile from home on Helemano Military Reservation at 8 a.m., March 26.

Upon investigation, military police learned the child’s mother fell asleep, and her 3-year-old left the quarters without her knowledge.

The mother was issued a DD 1408, Armed Forces Traffic Ticket for Unattended Child, and was released on scene.

Note: Please ensure your children are under constant supervision, for their safety.

Refer to Policy Memorandum USAG-HI-34, Child Supervision Policy for Army Installations in Hawaii, for specific requirements.

When incidents like this occur, the police station will also contact the State of Hawaii Child Protective Services and Military Social Work Services.

These agencies provide a level of scrutiny in their areas of expertise to determine if the situation was accidental or if there is greater cause for concern.

Coordination with these community agencies helps MP and Department of the Army civilian police ensure comprehensive response to serious incidents.

 

Investigation continues for driver involved in AMR traffic accident

March 12, a gold Chevrolet sports utility vehicle entering Aliamanu Military Reservation on Bougainville Drive slowed down next to a young pedestrian.

Witnesses said the juvenile grabbed onto the side of the vehicle, which suddenly accelerated, knocking him off.

The vehicle sped off without rendering aid or assistance.

The juvenile received multiple lacerations, abrasions and bruises on his head and body as a result of the fall, and was transported to Queen’s Medical Center for treatment.

The traffic investigation continues to pursue leads to identify the owner of the vehicle.

Note: In a situation like this, it is never safe to hang on to a moving vehicle.

Under Hawaii State Code, when accidents occur, the driver has a responsibility to stop, provide information and render aid, if necessary.

This incident was preventable with common sense and good judgment.

If anyone has knowledge of this incident, please contact the Fort Shafter Police Station at 438-7114.

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