Okinawa City Police recognize Marine for professionalism

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Sgt. Matthew P. Nelson bows as he accepts a letter of appreciation from Assistant Commissioner Chibana Kojun on behalf of the Okinawa City Police Headquarters May 30 at its headquarters. Nelson is the chief investigator with the accident investigation section of the Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Photo by Lance Cpl. Donald T. Peterson
Sgt. Matthew P. Nelson bows as he accepts a letter of appreciation from Assistant Commissioner Chibana Kojun on behalf of the Okinawa City Police Headquarters May 30 at its headquarters. Nelson is the chief investigator with the accident investigation section of the Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Photo by Lance Cpl. Donald T. Peterson

Okinawa City Police recognize Marine for professionalism

by: Lance Cpl. Donald T. Peterson | .
MCIPAC | .
published: June 07, 2013

Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan -- Members of the Okinawa City police presented Sgt. Matthew P. Nelson with a letter of appreciation May 30 at the Okinawa City Police Headquarters office.

Nelson, the chief investigator with the accident investigation section, Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, was recognized for his assistance and professionalism while investigating traffic accidents for the past three years with members of the Okinawa City Police Headquarters.

“Nelson was a great help with the investigations of accidents that involved military personnel,” said Assistant Commissioner Chibana Kojun, of the Okinawa City Police. “He helped ask questions we had pertaining to mishaps and helped us with our investigations, so we could determine the cause of the accidents.”

After the presentation of the letter, Nelson gave remarks, thanking the Okinawa Police for the award.

“I could not have received this letter of appreciation if it was not for the help of my fellow Marines and the Okinawa Police,” said Nelson. “It has been terrific working with the Okinawa Police, and I hope that our relationship continues to grow as we continue to work together.”

“Through close cooperation, Nelson established an excellent working relationship with the Okinawa Police Department and contributed to the maintenance of public safety,” said Kojun. “It was a great pleasure to present the letter of appreciation along with a commemorative memento to Nelson on behalf of the Okinawa City Police Headquarters.”

Working with the Okinawa City Police was an enjoyable experience, and the relationships between the two law enforcement agencies, as well as capabilities ,has greatly improved because of the close working relationship, according to Nelson.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition,” said Nelson. “The Okinawa Police were very easy to work with and made investigations of accidents easier. Whenever we needed help with the investigations, they were more than willing to assist.”

Prior to the ceremony, the leaders from the investigation section of the Okinawa City Police Headquarters and AIS discussed future training opportunities.

“The Okinawa Police and military police are working together to create more opportunities to train and work together to ensure we are better prepared for any accidents that may happen in the future,” said Kazufumi Miyazato, the chief inspector for the Okinawa City Police Headquarters. “I feel that this continued training will further improve our capabilities.”