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NSA Annapolis Security Foot Patrols Help Keep Naval Academy Safe

Posted on: November 25, 2013 08:00 EST by Jessica Clark

Security personnel at the Naval Academy and Naval Support Activity Annapolis make nightly patrols of the Yard in an effort to combat potential criminal activity and ensure the safety of midshipmen, staff, faculty, and families in the area.

The primary mission of the NSA Annapolis security forces includes standing watch at the gates, regular vehicle patrols, and anti-terrorism measures. Those requirements are set down by Commander, Navy Installations Command, which also determines the minimum number of personnel the NSA Annapolis security force must maintain.

“The focus is on preventing incidents before they happen,” said Deputy Chief of Police Capt. Brian Rippey.

Extra personnel means that security can flex people to gates when needed for special events such as evening sports or large group visits to the Yard. It also leaves personnel available to patrol buildings on foot, especially after hours. These nightly patrols are part of a Naval Academy effort to combat sexual assault and ensure safety.

“We’re looking for anything out of place,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Alexandra Lewis. “If we notice a classroom or lab that’s open when it’s not supposed to be, we go in there and make sure nothing is going on. It’s not just for SAPR (sexual assault prevention and response), it’s to make sure that if someone is there, they’re supposed to be.”

Lewis and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mack Ball are on the night watch and conduct regular walkthroughs of parking lots, academic buildings, Bancroft Hall, and Gate 1, interacting with midshipmen and making their presence known.

“We’re focusing on where they park their cars, where they do athletic events – upper yard, lower yard, some of the obstacle courses on the NSA side,” said Rippey. “We’re trying to place a presence there so we can prevent this issue.”

It’s important for security forces to get out of the car and interact with the community in their jurisdiction, said Rippey.

“We should be breaking down that barrier and making sure the mids, our community, our faculty, staff, and residents know to come to us,” he said.

It’s also vital for the community to be aware of their surroundings and report anything they see out of place, said NSA Annapolis executive officer Brian Kelm.

“People don’t always trust their instincts,” said Kelm. “When something feels wrong, it’s wrong. Call us, and we’ll look into it.”

Rippey called this “community policing.”

“I truly believe in it,” he said. “You’ve got to tell us. We want to help you, but you’ve got to tell us about it.”
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