Police Call: MPs to support garrison’s 4th of July celebration

| June 27, 2014 | 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 time has come for the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii “Fourth of July Spectacular.”

This year, the event is open to Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests, which includes service members, their families, military retirees, DOD civilians and their authorized guests.

In order to ensure a safe, secure and fun environment, the Directorate of Emergency Services would like to remind readers of the various policies in place for the event.

For everyone’s safety and security, a 100 percent ID card check is in effect at all installation gates, and all coolers, backpacks and bags are subject to inspection while on Schofield Barracks.These policies are in place for the safety, well-being and security for all event attendees, and the community as a whole. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

DES would also like to remind readers to secure your vehicles and personal belongings when at Fourth of July activities throughout the duration of the event. During large events, criminals use the large crowds and vehicle availability as an opportunity to exploit unsecured valuables. Please do not leave high-value items unattended in a public area, and always secure your vehicle.

Last year, DES cared for more than 20 unattended children. We ask that parents maintain vigilant accountability of their children during this event. Field security MPs will maintain an unattended children area, should children become separated from their parents. The field’s Jumbotron will be used to help reunite parents with their keiki.

Ensuring community safety is a top priority for DES. At its peak, attendance last year was more than 43,000, and similar numbers are projected for this year. We ask for your patience while travelling on and off the installation during peak hours, and please follow all directions given by law enforcement personnel as the event concludes.

If, during the event, you notice any suspicious activity or require assistance, please call the MP Station or notify law enforcement on the field.

Together, we can make this year’s event safe, secure and fun!

Emergencies

Call 911 for an emergency. Otherwise, call 655-7114 at Schofield Barracks or 438-7114 at Fort Shafter to contact the Military Police Desk.

Prohibited items

The following items are prohibited on Schofield Barracks’ Weyand Field and will be enforced during the Fourth of July Spectacular:

•Non-service related pets;

•All open flames or charcoal grills, with the exception of reserved picnic areas;

•Glass containers;

•Distilled spirits; and

•Personal fireworks, including sparklers.

As a reminder, canopies will only be allowed on the field until 4 p.m.

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