Parents are responsible for their children

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


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

As a reminder, in accordance with Section 8(r) of Policy Memo Installation 1 (Discipline, Law, and Order), parents are responsible for controlling and supervising their children at all times.

Juveniles will not involve themselves in wanton destruction, vandalism or violation of existing Army regulations and Hawaii laws while on U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii installations.

Family members between 10 and 17 years old who engage in dangerous, disruptive, disorderly or criminal behavior may have to attend the Juvenile Review Board and be subject to administrative action. Additionally, service members may potentially face punitive action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for not properly controlling their children.

The community is also reminded of the curfew policy that remains in place year-round. All children under 13 will be inside a residence between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Juveniles between the ages of 14 and 17 are required to be in a residence between 10 p.m.-5:30 a.m.

Children may be outside during those designated times only if they are under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or family member over the age of 18. Exceptions to the curfew policy apply for children returning home from a community facility, an installation activity, a Youth Services program or paid employment.

Failure to adhere to the policy may constitute child neglect.

The following are excerpts of actual Military Police blotter entries from USAG-HI. Subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

Unattended Child

•July 18, four unattended children (ages 8, 10, 11 and 13) were reported in the ravine between McMahon Road and Wilikina Drive. Investigation by MPs revealed the children departed their residence and were told to return at 7 p.m. They were unable to do so when two of the children were incapable of climbing out of the ravine.

The father of the stranded children attempted to enter the ravine and rescue them, but fell and broke both his arms. Emergency Medical Services, the Federal Fire and the Hawaii Fire Department were called to the scene and successfully recovered the two children. One of them was transported to Tripler Army Medical Center for mild hypothermia.

Each sponsor was issued a citation for unattended children and released on scene.

•Aug, 21, an unattended child, 3 years old, was reported at the intersection of McMahon Road and Carpenter Street. The child left the residence while his parents were asleep. The father was on recovery from pulling staff duty the night before. The mother was cited for unattended child and released on scene.

•Sept. 25, MPs on patrol in the Aliamanu Military Reservation Bougainvillea housing area were notified at 10:30 p.m. of a missing child. The missing 9-year-old boy was last seen playing in the park at 3:30 p.m. The child eventually returned to his residence at 11:15 p.m., claiming to have been at a friend’s house a few streets down.

The father was cited for unattended child and released on scene.

Command Documents

For more information regarding juvenile misconduct and the post curfew policy, read Policy Memorandum Installation 1, “Discipline, Law, and Order,” and USAG-HI 34, “Child Supervision Policy.” Visit USAG-HI Command Documents at

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