Tripler Police Dept.’s first traffic investigators hit the streets

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs Tripler’s new traffic investigators, Officer Glenn T.  Yamanouchi and Sgt. Nicole K. Chang,  receive their certificates of training from the tough course at Schofield Barracks. TAMC Provost Marshal Kevin L. Guerrero (right), nominated them to become investigators. Adding his support is Deputy Provost Marshal James A. Ingebredtsen (left).

Photo courtesy of Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs
Tripler’s new traffic investigators, Officer Glenn T. Yamanouchi and Sgt. Nicole K. Chang, receive their certificates of training from the tough course at Schofield Barracks. TAMC Provost Marshal Kevin L. Guerrero (right), nominated them to become investigators. Adding his support is Deputy Provost Marshal James A. Ingebredtsen (left).

Pfc. Paxton Busch
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Sgt. Nicole Chang and Officer Glenn Yamanouchi, Department of the Army Civilian Police, graduated from a traffic investigator course at Schofield Barracks last month, becoming Tripler Army Medical Center’s first investigators.

The graduates were nominated to attend the course by the TAMC provost marshal, Kevin Guerrero.

“The focus of the traffic section is to not only enforce traffic laws and regulations, but also to educate the public on driver and pedestrian safety,” said Guerrero. “With qualified TPD (Tripler Police Department) traffic investigators, the TAMC Provost Marshal Office is able to provide more direct and immediate services to the command, when requested.”

In the past, any traffic accident occurring on TAMC property would immediately be turned over to the Directorate of Emergency Services for investigation. Now, TPD police officers can conduct and/or assist the DES with any type of motor vehicle accident. They have also been certified in the operation of the light detection and ranging speed gun to ensure safety on TAMC’s roadways.

According to Chang and Yamanouchi, the course wasn’t an easy one to complete, with an attrition rate of 30 percent. Still, the two TPD officers not only completed the course, they also went on to tackle the speed gun course, as well.

“The whole course was packed with a lot of information, but the math was definitely quite challenging. It feels great to complete training classes like these, and overall I feel confident in knowing the information we received and how it will help our department,” said Chang.

“These classes have enhanced my knowledge of traffic laws, investigations and safety,” said Yamanouchi. “I look forward to establishing a traffic section within TPD, which will provide assistance to all drivers and pedestrians on TAMC property.”

James Ingebredtsen, deputy provost marshal, is pleased to have qualified traffic investigators at TAMC, too. The TPD is continuing to transition to a more self-sustained police force.

“The significant return on investment for TAMC is we are now able to provide our staff-patients-visitors with this service when applicable,” Ingebredtsen said.

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