Police Call: Parents must supervise children outdoors, too

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments


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 has seen a number of incidents involving unattended children on post.

According to Section 8(r) of Policy Memo Installation 1 (Discipline, Law, and Order), parents are responsible for controlling and supervising their children at all times.

This responsibility includes ensuring children obey all applicable traffic laws and practice common sense safety precautions. Children should not play in the middle of the street where they may potentially be involved in a traffic accident. Additionally, DES reminds readers that, according to Hawaii State Law, all children under the age of 16 are required to wear properly fitted and fastened helmets when riding a bicycle.

The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Child Supervision Policy is effective year-round. Children under the age of 10 must be supervised at all times by a parent or a certified baby-sitter, even in their home of residence.

USAG-HI policy requires baby-sitters to be at least 12 years old and to undergo baby-sitting training at Child, Youth and School Services. No child under the age of 16 may be left unsupervised overnight (between 1-5 a.m.). However, juveniles between the ages of 10 and 16 may be left alone for several hours, so long as they have ready access to adult supervision (four hours for 10-11 year olds, six hours for 12-13 year olds, and eight hours for 14-15 year olds).

Juveniles over the age of 16 may be left unsupervised for up to 48 hours.

Service members who fail to control and supervise their children are also subject to punitive actions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. For specific details on the Child Supervision Policy and guidance on certified baby-sitters, please refer to USAG-HI Policy Memo #34, available on the USAG-HI Garrison website (www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/command/documents.htm).

The following are excerpts of actual MP blotter entries from U. S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. Subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

Traffic Accident Resulting in Personal Injury

•Dec. 30, 2013, a 911 dispatcher notified the Fort Shafter Police Station of a traffic accident with injuries that occurred on Skyview Loop in Aliamanu Military Reservation. Investigating MPs found that a female civilian driving a pickup truck struck a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl who were playing with chalk in the middle of the road.

The girl was struck by the right tire, causing small red marks on her back. The boy was run over by the front and rear tires, and suffered multiple injuries that required immediate transport to Queen’s Medical Center.

Initial investigations revealed the parents of both children were not in immediate view when the accident occurred. Investigation continues by the Honolulu Police Department.

Unattended Child

•Dec. 6, 2013, a caller notified the Schofield Barracks Police Station of unattended children in the Patriot Park Housing Area. Investigating MPs found two brothers, ages 5 and 6, who had been left unattended in a playground. The 5 year old had found a can of white spray paint and proceeded to spray a light pole.

The mother was issued one DD Form 1408 for unattended children and released on scene.

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