25th Infantry Division Public Affairs, News Release
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Infantry Division is scheduled to begin courtesy patrols, here, and on Wheeler Army Airfield, Monday, to increase safety awareness and enforce Army regulations, policies and standards.
The courtesy patrol is an extension of Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, senior commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and commander, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones, senior enlisted adviser, 25th ID, to straightforwardly enforce regulations and policies outlined in the Army Regulations, the Commanding General’s Standards of Conduct Memorandum and the 25th ID Blue Book.
The courtesy patrol will inform and educate leaders, Soldiers and their families to the policies provided in these publications, and establish a safe environment conducive to good order and discipline.
“The courtesy patrol will help build the resiliency by showing what right looks like and providing a greater presence, making our military community stronger,” said Sgt. Maj. Robert Parker, provost sergeant major, 25th ID.
“Soldiers need the right example to become better leaders, and this will spread to within their ranks, units and, ultimately, to the community,” Parker added.
Courtesy patrol teams will consist of senior leaders and officers from the 25th ID’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 3rd BCT, 25th Combat Aviation Bde. and the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, who will patrol high-traffic areas. These areas will include facilities, family housing areas and common areas, such as the commissary and Army Exchange stores, here, and on WAAF.
“The presence of a patrol in military housing will definitely deter anyone from trying to commit a crime, and that makes me feel safer, especially when my husband is out working,” said Tiffany Andrews, wife of Spc. Ratiguel Andrews, Military Police, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, 2nd SBCT.
Andrews is looking forward to seeing the patrols start, here, and the effects it will have on the community.
While on patrol, the teams will look for discrepancies in uniforms and civilian dress codes, Soldiers not in compliance with haircut regulations, loud music being played and use of profanity in family and common areas, all in accordance with garrison policies and the 25th ID Blue Book.
Courtesy patrollers will stop the offending party and make on-the-spot corrections and explain the discrepancy.
“It will be good to see Soldiers, families and civilians adhering to the polices and standards concerning the dress codes within the commissary,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kendrick Bryant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT. “It will be good to see Soldiers helping Soldiers building a stronger community for our families.”
“I have been to other installations that have a courtesy patrol and seen the success,” Parker added. “You could see a positive effect within the communities.”
Parker also noted he has had civilians on previous posts say that Soldiers are staying out of trouble and following the standards.
“It will have a positive effect that you will be able to start to see within the first 30 days of being activated,” Parker said.
Courtesy patrol teams work in conjunction with the MPs, the Provost Marshal Office, the Directorate of Emergency Services and USAG-HI.
The patrol also plans to work with community neighborhood watch programs for a greater effect on the community.