NAB Little Creek Police Precinct Named Virginia’s Best

Story Number: NNS060908-10Release Date: 9/8/2006 2:47:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Timothy Matthews, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- In June, the Virginia Chiefs of Police named Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek Police Precinct the No. 1 military base precinct in Virginia in 2005, for the second consecutive year.

The award was the culmination of a year's work of accident reduction, traffic safety and the Click-It or Ticket campaign.

"Give us the bang for the buck to stay alive," said Maj. Daniel Powers, operations officer for NAB Little Creek Police Precinct, reciting the slogan the precinct used to promote the campaign.

The base joined with the national Click-It or Ticket program in 2003 in a partnership with United Services Automobile Associations (USAA) insurance company in an effort to raise the percentage of personnel wearing a seatbelt and promote a safe driving environment.

"All in and all, we feel like it's a great program," said Powers.

According to surveys conducted by the NAB precinct, it's clear the program is working. In the first year, the percentage of personnel wearing seat belts started at 60 percent. The following year it quickly rose to 80 percent and rose again to 100 percent on base this year.

With the success of the program, Capt. Garrat Cooper, commanding officer of NAB Little Creek, praised base security for their outstanding security measures.

"Achieving a 100 percent compliance of seat belt usage on base following this year's Click-It or Ticket campaign is simply outstanding," said Cooper.

The actions that have been taken to reduce risk to personnel are paramount.

"Although some on base may have received a citation for not wearing seat belts during the campaign, they owe a great deal of gratitude to our law enforcement officers for potentially saving their lives," Cooper said.

Along with the Virginia Chiefs of Police recognition, the precinct earned a variety of awards for their superb security initiatives.

The precinct was awarded the 2004 Virginia Law Enforcement Award, 2005 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Award (first place), 2005 International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Challenge Award (third place) and also 2006 International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Challenge Award (first place).

"I am extremely pleased with the diligence and even-handed enforcement of regulations by our civilian police force and master-at-arms," said Cooper. "They truly have a genuine concern for the well-being of all those who work and live on Little Creek."

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