Missing children are a command ‘all-call’

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Emergency Services,
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

To our community parents and neighbors, the garrison commander (Col. Dan Whitney) and I would like to address a recent spate of incidents involving missing children.

These incidents are always alarming and stressful for our entire community, including our emergency responders, parents and neighbors.

Missing children are normally associated with one of three scena­rios: (1) most commonly, uncoordinated parental or child activities, (2) a runaway, or (3) the heart-wrenching scenario of child abduction.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Emergency Services treats all missing children as potential child abduction. Our response is an “all-call” across the entire garrison team with exigent activities requiring notification to the Honolulu Police Department, access control points and all DES emergency responders and investigators, with other garrison leaders and teams on standby.

Provost Marshal Operations will place a “Be On the Lookout,” or BOLO, to synchronize all surveillance and search efforts. Community bulletins are released on garrison and DES Facebook to notify the local community.

Our response efforts may include vehicle surveillance or searches entering or exiting access control points; investigative interviews of the family, friends and neighbors for last-known information or suspicious activities; ground and building searches; and investigating tips or leads from helpful community members.

We ask for your continued assistance in our community response to missing children. Parents, please remind your children of the importance of communicating with you regarding their whereabouts, being responsive to your phone calls or texts, and to call 911 in any emergency.

In the event of a missing child, especially when associated with changes in routine patterns, we ask parents to immediately call law enforcement before checking with neighbors and friends.

In incidents involving missing children, time is of the essence.

Similar to federal and many state laws, USAG-HI policy prohibits leaving children under the age of 10 years alone, anywhere. Because of the obvious vulnerabilities and risks associated with children who may become isolated or abducted, we ask for your strict compliance with all child-related policies, including installation curfew hours.

Parents are ultimately responsible for the welfare of their children and violation of any child-safety policy could result in a citation or constitute child neglect.

Additionally, our Senior Commander (Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller), reminds us of the heightened risks during installation ceremonies and special events, such as the upcoming Fourth of July Spectacular on Schofield Barracks. Parents must be extra vigilant in watching and maintaining control of their children amid extremely large crowds and heavy traffic.

Please be sure to reference Policy Memorandum USAG-HI 34 (Child Supervision Policy) at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/command/documents.htm for information regarding primary child supervision guidelines.

The following are recent cases involving a missing child:

•May 19, at approximately 7:08 p.m., the Schofield Barracks Police Station was notified of a missing child on Schofield Barracks. The juvenile was last seen boarding the bus at Wheeler Middle School at 2:30 p.m. that day. The missing child was found in the vicinity of the PX at 10 p.m.

•May 21, at approximately 5:53 p.m., the SB Police Station was notified of a 14-year-old runaway on Schofield Barracks who had been missing since 1 p.m. The runaway was located on Waianae Uka Avenue at 8:10 p.m.

•May 23, at approximately 5 p.m., the SB Police Station was notified of a 16-year-old runaway dependent of a service member residing off post. The mother had last seen him at 9:30 a.m. that morning in their residence in Ewa Beach. The runaway was last spotted at 10:30 a.m. at Leilehua High School by his brother’s friend. The runaway was located at 7:16 p.m. at the Wheeler Middle School graduation.

•May 24, at approximately 6:38 p.m., the Fort Shafter Police Station was notified of a 16-year-old runaway on Aliamanu Military Reservation. The runaway had been missing for more than nine hours. The runaway had abruptly left the house following an argument with her mother. The runaway returned home the next morning, but immediately fled on foot upon having a verbal dispute with the mother. Patrols were able to make contact with the runaway at the AMR skate park and escorted the runway back to the mother.

 

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