Fort Polk Guardian 09-06-2019

Viewpoint 2/ Guardian Sept. 6, 2019 The Guardian , a civilian enter- prise newspaper, is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Guardian are not necessarily official views of, or en- dorsed by, the U.S. Government, De- partment of Defense, Department of the Army or Fort Polk. The Guardian is published weekly by the Public Affairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. Printed circulation is 13,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage with- out regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation of this policy of equal opportunity by an ad- vertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of the Guardian is prepared, edited, pro- vided and approved by the Public Af- fairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. The Guardian is printed by the Natchitoches Times , a private firm in no way connected with the Depart- ment of the Army, under exclusive written contract with Fort Polk. The civilian printer is responsible for com- mercial advertising. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute en- dorsement by the Department of the Army or the Natchitoches Times of the products or services advertised. Guardian Editorial Staff Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general Col. Ryan K. Roseberry Garrison commander Kim Reischling Public affairs officer Chuck Cannon Command information officer Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Trading post ads: Fort Polk Homepage Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: FORT POLK, La. —With the recent spike in active shooter events across the country, the Fort Polk Directorate of Emergency Services wanted to take a moment to assure the community that Fort Polk is as safe as it can be. Your DES trains every day for a va- riety of threats that include an active shooter response. The relationships that our DES has with local, state and federal part- ners ensure that if there is a threat to the Fort Polk com- munity, Fort Polk is prepared and, if necessary, ready to respond. Fort Polk part- nered with the Na- tional Safety Coun- cil to host a training seminar for Families called “Sur- viving an Active Shooter Event.” Those who attended learned that prevention is the best way to sur- vive an active shooter. Several tools were presented and made available to report sus- picious activity. These tools have also been mentioned at Fort Polk Community Information Forum events. Although there have been sev- eral tragic active shooter events in the past few weeks, there are some success stories that are at- tributed to a concerned and in- formed public that saw something and said something. These includ- ed a high school student who posted threatening comments about a possible retaliatory attack at her school and a college stu- dent that had stockpiled weapons in his dorm room. We will never know their true intent, but we do know that they were exposed and reported by concerned citizens. We wanted to provide a de- tailed list of reporting tools avail- able for Fort Polk residents both on and off the installation and for events or activities on or off Fort Polk. First, in the event of an active emergency, 9-1-1 is — and will re- main — the first number to call as well as 531-COPS (2677) on Fort Polk. But, if suspicious behavior is observed that is not an immediate concern or threat, feel free to use these reporting tools. • The “See Something, Send Something” App . Go to the app store and type in “See Something, Send Something” and download to your phone. The app is a nationwide suspi- cious activity re- porting tool for citizens to help in the fight against terrorism and criminal activity, but not to replace 9-1-1 for emergency situations. It is free and allows people to send a photo or written note to the state police intelligence center, where its credibility can be exam- ined and referred to the proper law enforcement agency. • The Army Criminal Investi- gation Division App. This app allows for a safe and anonymous way to report infor- mation about a crime in which the Army is, or may be, a party of in- terest. Go to the app store and type in “Army CID” and down- load. The CID crime tips submission system is a web-based and smart- phone app submission method. The public can access the system via any Internet-connected device by visiting . In addition to the web interface, the app can be used to submit tips and is available for free download from the Apple Store and Google Play. The CID Crime Tips app is also approved for download on gov- ernment smartphones and smart devices. Apple users can access the app through the Department of Defense Enterprise Mobility Personal Use Mobile Apps and DoD Apps icons on their device. Android users can access the app using the Mobile@Work icon on their device. • Army iSalute is used for in- formation that may be of interest to U.S. Army Counterintelligence: Visit the Internet at - or call (800) CALL-SPY (225-5770). The Fort Polk Army Counterintelli- gence Field Office phone number is (337) 292-0767. • NIXLE: This is not a report- ing tool but a valuable asset for being aware of a wide variety of threats. To be notified in your local area off the installation, go to and register with your zip code or the zip code you are visiting. The web site offers public safety warn- ings and advisories on everything from weather to traffic events. • STEP : Another great service that is free of charge is the U.S. State Department’s Safe Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP. The service allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Con- sulate at . You will receive important infor- mation from the embassy about safety conditions in your destina- tion country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. It also helps the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emer- gency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest and allows family and friends get in touch with you in the event of an emergency Help us help you — be the sen- sor that detects a threat or suspi- cious activity and report it. You just may save a life. Be aware of your surroundings and when something just does not seem right, do your duty and re- port it. Law enforcement profes- sionals will do the rest. The world is too dangerous a place to ignore your instincts. See Something, Say Something. Tools may help prevent crime By Retired Lt. Col. MARK LESLIE DES Commentary Leslie For advertising contact Theresa Larue il: l t f rt l r i .