By Masaki Tsutsumi
On the evening of Nov. 14, the Yokosuka Police Station conducted a joint patrol with the military police unit of the U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka base (Yokosuka City) and the Yokosuka municipal government in a bid to improve the environment of the city’s entertainment districts ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The joint team focused on patrolling the vicinity of Yokosuka-chuo Station and Shioiri Station on the Keikyu Line. At the Dobuita-dori shopping street in the city’s Honcho district, officers of the Yokosuka Police Station and the U.S. Navy’s military police unit visited restaurants and other entertainment venues. Also, officials of the municipal fire department inspected shops to check whether they have the appropriate fire control equipment installed in their buildings.
In the past, the Yokosuka Police Station and the municipal fire department conducted joint patrols once a year. But the Yokosuka base and the Yokosuka municipal government joined the latest patrol for the first time as the city expects to see an increase in the number of foreign tourists ahead of the next year’s Olympics and Paralympics. An official of the police says, “We want to continue to work together for the safety of the whole town.” (Abridged)