The Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division is proud to announce the successful launch of its Crime Prevention Business Coalition. The coalition’s goal is to enhance community safety and to solve complex criminal investigations in the area surrounding Camp Humphreys, South Korea, commonly known as "The Ville", a vibrant community known for its diversity and its appeal to military families.
Through this coalition, Army CID aims to preserve that appeal by focusing on proactive crime prevention and investigation by partnering with The Ville area businesses, especially food establishments and nightlife locations.
"The Crime Prevention Business Coalition is a milestone in community policing and investigations. It leverages the specialized capabilities of Army CID with the local knowledge of business owners to create a safer, more secure environment," said Special Agent-in-Charge Michael DeFamio, of the CID Far East Field Office.
Plans include conducting training for business owners and staff on how to identify and report potential incidents of sexual assault. Community outreach activities are planned to expand their focus to include specialized training in cybercrime prevention and financial fraud awareness. Key tools are also implemented such as establishing a secure and anonymous tip line, which generates leads and actionable intelligence on illegal drug activities.
"We are committed to the safety and well-being of everyone who visits or resides in The Ville. This coalition is a significant step toward that commitment," said Chairman Park Kyung Chan, of the Paengseong Anjeong Cooperative for Special Tourist Zone.
Through these partnerships, Army CID is working towards a safer environment for Army communities, helping to foster trust and understanding and promoting shared security programs.