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MCPD nabs wanted suspects attempting entry on base

By Verda L. Parker | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | January 7, 2015

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The Marine Corps Police Department is ramping up its processes to existing security checks to provide optimum safety for personnel, residents and visitors at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

Working in line with the mission/vision of Base Commanding Officer, Col. Don Davis, MCLB Albany, safety officials said gate searches are necessary to make this installation the safest to work, visit and live.

Lt. Victor Singleton, chief accident investigator/supervisor, Traffic Division, MCPD, recently, commented on the importance of safety for base employees, residents and visitors here.

“We are the first line of defense for the installation,” Singleton said. “As the police department, our main concern is the safety of the base, hence we man the gates. During manning of the gates, it is our responsibility to make sure that nothing or no one, who could be a (potential) danger to this base, who could pose a safety concern to the installation or to persons working or living here, enters or leaves at any time.

“All gates are entry points to (MCLB Albany) and it is our responsibility to make sure that we head things off firsthand before they get on base,” he pointed out. "We utilize our officers as well as our canine units to maintain constant checks of vehicles and all persons entering and exiting."

According to Singleton, the impact of MCPD’s extra security measures is through screening of unauthorized visitors requesting access to the installation.

“We have gathered information to support the fact that our efforts to secure the installation are making progress,” Singleton added. “During this process of evaluation, we concentrated on people, who might make the base unsafe if they were to enter the gate.

“It appears that since Jan., we have captured, acknowledged or come into contact with several wanted persons – on average, one each month,” Singleton estimated.

“The persons we have encountered are apprehended at our gates and we are detaining them. Many are wanted by other agencies in other states – Florida, California, South Carolina and also locally,” Singleton pointed out.

The process or routine of conducting 100-percent background checks on drivers as well as passengers requesting access to MCLB Albany has contributed to the apprehension of some persons with outstanding warrants.

“Once the Wants and Warrants checks are completed by MCPD dispatchers, suspects are detained for authorities for their respective jurisdictions,” he concluded.
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