Police, security guards also provide community policing, school relations

| March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

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

Every week, more than 600 Military Police, Department of Army Police and Security Guards provide 24-hour law enforcement and security services to all 22 installations.

They are out there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, protecting the U.S. Army Hawaii community.

Col Miller


While these personnel are frequently the face of the DES, there are a lot of behind-the-scenes efforts taking place to ensure that we provide a safe place to live and work.

We understand that having a capability to respond to incidents is only half the solution; we need to work proactively to prevent incidents, as well.

Did you know that we liaise with local, state and federal authorities to identify off-post trends and threats? That we augment with our internal crime analysis and intelligence program to identify on-post crime trends? And that we use intelligence-led policing to address and prevent crime?

The DES also has a robust community-oriented policing program that works with our community members in order to educate and assist in prevention efforts.

Some of our initiatives include these:

Keiki IDs. The DES issues these IDs at most community events. Parents can enroll their children into the program by completing a quick form, which collects basic identification information, 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

Crime Prevention. We team up with Island Palm Communities to help set-up, train and assist in the Neighborhood Watch Program. Bike officers 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.

We also team up with IPC for the annual National Night Out event, which draws attention to crime prevention efforts.

Spc. Thomas Loome (left, center), 13th MP Det., shares safety regulations with young bike riders at at a past Bicycle Safety Bonanza. (File Photo)

Spc. Thomas Loome (left, center), 13th MP Det., shares safety regulations with young bike riders at at a past Bicycle Safety Bonanza. (File Photo)

• Bike Patrols. Our bicycle patrols are active in supporting the community in many ways. They hold Bike Safety Bonanzas, which 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.

In addition, these patrols make their way through the nooks and crannies of the installations – places our vehicles typically can’t go – and interact with members of the community while providing a deterrence presence.

School Support. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our children is very important to us. In addition to the Keiki ID program and bicycle safety, the DES supports our local schools through a number of programs.

We are the proponent for the Drug Abuse Resistance (DARE) program and the McGruff Crime Prevention Program. You may also see our police personnel out at the schools ensuring the safety of the students as they go to and return from school.

The physical manning of installations is governed by federal law and national security requirements. The aforementioned initiatives, coupled with additional programs, such as random security checks and inspections, keep the crime rate at our installations well below those communities surrounding our installations.

We are always looking for ways to better serve you, so if you have any questions or recommendations on how we can improve our community policing programs, we are open to suggestions.

• More Online

For more information on the services and the personnel who support this community, please visit DES at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/des/default.htm.

• Police Beat

From Feb. 19-March 3, the following occurred on U.S. Army Hawaii installations:

Aliamanu Military Reservation

1, wrongful property damage

1, assault

Fort Shafter

1, duty upon striking (traffic accident, hit and run)

Helemano Military Reservation

1, limitations on backing (traffic accident)

Schofield Barracks

6, domestic disturbances

3, limitations on backing (traffic accident)

5, duty upon striking (traffic accident, hit and run)

3, assaults

2, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle

3, traffic accidents with damage to private property

5, wrongful property damage

Tripler Army Medical Center

1, traffic accident with damage to private property

Wheeler Army Airfield

1, domestic disturbance

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