Bike patrol plays active role in community relations

| October 25, 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

The Directorate of Emergency Services bike patrol officers are Military Police and Department of the Army civilian police officers who specialize in community outreach and policing. They are easily identifiable in their black and yellow uniforms.

Bike patrol officers conduct regular patrols in the housing areas to enforce laws, educate the community and raise safety awareness. They also interact with children in schools and in the community after school hours.

Below are just a few of the many community activities in which our bike patrols participate.

•Bike Rodeo. One of the major community events our bike patrols organize is our bike rodeos. The rodeos are held several times a year at various locations throughout USAG-HI. These events aim to teach kids how to safely ride their bikes by going over proper riding techniques, basic traffic laws and good safety practices, such as how to negotiate a crosswalk or maneuver through a busy intersection.

Bike rodeos are a great way to introduce children to DES bike patrols and traffic safety. MPs on bike patrol wear a distinctive uniform and interact directly with the Army community.  (File photo)

Bike rodeos are a great way to introduce children to DES bike patrols and traffic safety. MPs on bike patrol wear a distinctive uniform and interact directly with the Army community. (File photo)

Officers will also setup a “beer goggles” station, where participants will be able to experience the difficulty of riding a bike while simulating being intoxicated. The bike rodeo culminates with an obstacle course that tests the riding skills of participants following a day of practice.

•Keiki IDs. Keiki IDs are issued at most community events. Parents can enroll their children into the program by completing a quick form, which collects basic identification information (name, age, name of parents), fingerprints, a hair sample and photograph.

Completed forms are stored in the corresponding MP station and referenced in emergencies, such as a lost child or medical emergency, to expedite investigations and police assistance.

Participation is voluntary. Interested parents can contact their local MPs.

•Neighborhood Watch. The Island Palm Communities Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP) recently underwent a major revision and is now being conducted with the close cooperation of bike patrols. Participants of the NWP work hand-in-hand every day with bike patrol and other law enforcement officials in order to enhance community safety.

Bike patrols regularly conduct classes covering topics such as how to describe a suspect, how to report suspicious activity and what to look for when conducting neighborhood security walks. The classes also go over safety tips when using the phone, walking in the street and when driving.

NWP classes are normally held in community centers and classrooms, but if necessary can also be held in someone’s garage or backyard based on prior coordination. Groups can request Crime Prevention Classes and/or more information on the NWP by contacting their local Military Police Station or by emailing NWP@IPCHawaii.com.

•Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.). The Hawaii Department of Education and bike patrol have teamed up to educate students on drug abuse prevention awareness through the Keeping it Real program. This program targets realistic situations students may encounter and educates them on 10 lessons to help them develop skills that could be used to combat those situations.

Our bike patrol officers are always looking for additional ways to get involved in the community. Please feel free to interact with them and offer any suggestions you may have.

 

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