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Marines, local police officers train together

Date Posted: 2005-09-26

GINOWAN CITY, OKINAWA, Japan -- Marines from Camp Foster and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Provost Marshal's Offices took part in martial arts training with Ginowan police officers at the Ginowan Police Department Sept. 7.

First lieutenants Bryce W. Carter, officer-in-charge of MCAS Futenma PMO and Tim A. Martin, officer-in-charge of the Crime Prevention Unit at Camp Foster's PMO participated in a judo session to exchange martial arts techniques and strengthen relationships between military police and local police officers.

"The chief of police for Ginowan invited us to come down and participate in the training," Carter said.

Being the officer-in-charge of a PMO has many duties and responsibilities according to Carter. One of those responsibilities is working closely with the local community.

"One of my very top priorities is to build a strong relationship with the Ginowan Police Department," Carter said.

During a phone conversation with Kentoku Tome, Chief of the Ginowan Police Department, Carter said they found out that they share a common interest in martial arts, which sparked the idea of getting together for martial arts training.

All police departments on Okinawa receive a variety of martial arts training. Tomoaki Uezu, the primary martial arts instructor for Okinawa prefectural police headquarters, was available to instruct the Marines in the Judo session.

Japanese police incorporate martial arts into their weekly training and take it very seriously, according to Tome.

"The training we do is part of our job," Tome said. "It is very important to train because even if you catch a criminal that you're chasing, you need enough energy to arrest them."

Japanese police departments incorporate many martial arts styles into their training including Kendo, Judo, Karate and other arresting skills.

Both Carter and Martin are experienced martial artists and look forward to working closely with the Ginowan PD.

"I would like to see some unique moves our MP's can learn," said Carter. "We can learn things we haven't thought of and trade martial arts styles."

Carter said he was impressed with the amount of skill that Uezu and the entire Ginowan PD possessed and he hopes to start training with the Ginowan Police Department on a regular basis.

"I would like to start some joint training," Carter said. "It's extremely important to have a strong relationship with Ginowan PD. There will always be instances where we will need to work together."

Tome said the feeling is mutual and that he looks forward to working with the MP's in the future.

"We have a very good relationship and we always support each other," Tome said. "We always get full support from the military side. The Marines are more than welcome to join us anytime for training."

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