Community can help when children are missing

| November 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col Miller

Miller

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

 

The community experienced three separate incidents of missing children over the past couple of weeks. Thankfully, the children were found safely and returned to their families.

Neither of these incidents involved a predator or a kidnapping situation; both children simply chose not to return home or left home without the knowledge of their parents.

These incidents are isolated and rarely occur, but the Directorate of Emergency Services would like all families to prepare in case this happens to them.

The first step is to be prepared prior to an incident occurring. In order to be prepared, you must have a current photo of your child readily available for authorities to distribute to the community. A photo with the current likeness of your child is invaluable for us to post in order for the community to assist with the search.

Have current phone numbers of your child’s friends and their parents. This may be more difficult in a military community where families make permanent change of station, or PCS moves, in and out, but these numbers are extremely valuable if your child is missing. Your child’s friends are a good source of information about your child’s last location.

Complete a keiki ID, which can be completed during community events, such as National Night Out and the Fourth of July at the Military Police tents. The ID kit contains a photo, fingerprints and a DNA sample of your child, which is a great resource for investigators.

Pay close attention to what your children are wearing and where they said they are going when they leave the house. The more information you can provide for their description, the better. Also, knowing your child’s schedule can help law enforcement focus on an area to search.

Lastly, if you suspect your child is missing, immediately notify law enforcement. You can call 911 off post, or if you live on post, either 911 or 655-5555.

The DES has the ability to check vehicles leaving the installation, to distribute a “be on the look out” to all patrols for your child using the photo and description you provided and to distribute a community bulletin on Facebook and other outlets. If you delay calling law enforcement, some of the procedures that we can put into effect may not work.

 

 

Police Blotter

The following incidents happened during Oct. 15-30.

 

Aliamanu Military Reservation

1 – Larceny of private property

1 – Wrongful damage of private property

 

Fort Shafter

1 – Duty upon striking

1 – Larceny of private property

1 – Larceny of private funds

1 – ROI (other) theft in the third degree

1 – Suicidal ideations

1 – Wrongful damage of private property

1 – Wrongful damage to government property

1 – Wrongful use of inhalant

 

Hawaii Armed Services Police (HASP)

4 – Abuse of a family or household member

1 – Criminal contempt of court

 

Schofield Barracks

2 – Absent without leave

2 – Assault

4 – Damage to private property

1 – Damage to government property

4 – Domestic without assault

1 – Failure to obey general order

1 – Juvenile misconduct

4 – Larceny of private property

2 – Larceny of government funds

4 – Shoplifting

1 – Simple possession of marijuana

2 – Suicidal ideation/gesture

3 – Traffic accidents

1 – Unattended child

1 – Undetermined death

 

Tripler Army Medical Center

1 – Larceny of government property

2 – Traffic accidents

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