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Security Forces hosts crime prevention seminar at library

By Staff Sgt. Beth Del Vecchio | Wingspread editor | Dec. 14, 2006

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE, Texas — The 12th Security Forces Squadron police services section and training section have
combined to offer the Randolph community seminars in crime prevention.

The seminars will be held the second Wednesday of each month, at 6 p.m., at the base library.

At the seminars, security forces members will cover topics such as vehicle and identity theft, home security and seasonal crime prevention tips.

"The topics discussed will help all involved to protect themselves on and off base," said Staff Sgt. Tyron Williams, noncommissioned officer in charge of police services. "People sometimes become complacent living on Randolph. We want to remind them of things that may hurt them and teach them things to help protect themselves."

The seminars are an effort to increase community policing on Randolph, a concept that has always existed, said Tech. Sgt. Lawrence Saiz, NCOIC of SF Training.

Sergeant Saiz works as an officer with the San Antonio Police Department when he is not fulfilling his reserve commitment as an individual mobilization augmentee assigned to the 12th Security Forces Training section. He said the SAPD has a similar program for the community at a local library.

"Some of the seminars will include presentations and assistance from local law enforcement agencies," he said. "This will hopefully give Randolph personnel some tools to use off base as well as develop a closer working relationship with the surrounding communities."

Parents are encouraged to bring their children along when the seminar topics warrant family participation.

"During the school year we will discuss bullying and gang protection," Sergent Saiz said. "These topics may help facilitate communication between families and may help resolve issues that would not be discussed otherwise."

The seminars are designed to help members of the Randolph community protect themselves, but Sergeant Williams and Sergeant Saiz hope to gain useful feedback on how to be more accessible to the community and better serve its needs.

"If anyone has ideas for possible topics to discuss, we can try to work them into this year's schedule," Sergeant Williams said. "If we can't get them in this year, we can work to add new topics to next year's list."

For more information about the seminars, contact Sergeant Williams at 652-5968 or by e-mail at tyron.williams@randolph.af.mil.