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Military police host ongoing crime prevention campaign

Date Posted: 2005-08-20

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan — The military police on Camp Butler are being proactive in their fight against crime with an ongoing crime prevention campaign according to 1st Lt. Timothy A. Martin, the Crime Prevention Unit officer in charge, Provost Marshall’s Office, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler.

The mission goes along with the idea that a community will feel more comfortable with the police if individual community members know the police personally, explained Martin.

“Our mission is to conduct crime prevention initiatives through environmental design and media,” Martin said. “Environmental design is conducting surveys in connection with physical security, like barracks safety inspections, as well as community awareness programs at schools and youth centers, including bicycle patrols and Drug Abuse Resistance Education.”

Drug Abuse Resistance Education officers routinely ride bicycles through base housing areas to get to know the community on a personal level, stated Sgt. Eric J. Wilson, crime prevention noncommissioned officer in charge, PMO, MCB Butler.

“This is especially true with kids,” Wilson said. “If they know a policeman, they are more prone to communicate with him.”

Bicycle rodeos are another program used by military police, explained Wilson. During the rodeos, community members can register their bikes with the PMO. Registering a bike is a great way to help the police find it if it is stolen or lost.

Bike inspections, during the Bicycle Rodeos, allow the police to check for safety issues and mechanical problems, Wilson continued. “We will show the kids what to look for and fix any problems we can.”

Military police also address crime prevention through “environmental design,” explained Martin. Police inspect barracks, looking for physical discrepancies, such as whether or not the doors and windows function properly, inadequate lighting inside and outside and defects on or around the building that may make it more susceptible to crime.

“The whole point of crime prevention is making people more aware of current regulations and that we are here to enforce them,” Martin said. “We want to proactively educate our community in order to prevent crime.”

For more information on upcoming crime prevention events sponsored by the Camp Foster Provost Marshall’s Office, contact them at 645-3955 or 645-9183.

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