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Mobile Police Communications Squad

  In case of disasters, accidents, serious crimes, security activities and criminal investigations, grasping the detailed situation of the scenes and ensuring communications of commands, orders, reports, etc. appropriately among officers are crucial in making appropriate commands and dealing with such situations.
  Therefore, Mobile Police Communications Squad is organized in each RPB and prefectural info-communications department all over Japan and the duty of the Squad is to secure police info-communications system at the scenes. Specifically, they transmit live video images of the scenes to PPHs, the NPA and other relevant organizations, and install and operate temporary communications systems depending on the situation.

Activities at the Scene of Disasters/Accidents

  When natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons heavy rains, etc. or serious accidents on aircrafts, railways, boat, etc. occur, Mobile Police Communications Squad is immediately dispatched to the scene. They smoothly transmit the video of the scene to related Police Station and PPH, and establish means of communications for the on-site police officers. Specifically, they operate helicopter television systems, digital video images transmitting units, portable satellite communications equipment, satellite communications vehicles and temporary radio relay stations that enable communications between on-site officers and the PPH or among officers.


  In July 2017, extremely torrential rain hit Kyushu region in Western Japan. By operating communications systems such as helicopter television systems, video images transmitting units, the squad transmitted live images of the scenes to the PPH, the NPA and the Prime Minister Office, including the images of the disaster site of the collapsed and water-damaged houses caused by the flood with driftwoods and rescue and search activities. Further, at Toho-mura village office, vicinity of the site, the squad installed and operated temporary radio relay stations to secure smooth communications among police officers.

Activities Supporting Imperial and Dignitary Protection

  Imperial and dignitary protection and crowd control operation are carried out based on security operation plans formulated in advance. Based on the plan, Mobile Police Communications Squad installs communications measures necessary for the operations.
  Concretely, the Squad installs temporary radio communications systems to secure the communications lines for prompt and accurate commands/reports between the field headquarters and police units. To remove insensitive zones of the police radio, the Squad installs temporary radio relay stations. They install surveillance cameras and operate helicopter television systems that enable police officers to grasp the detailed situation of the distribution of the units, surrounding areas and to prevent accidents in crowds from occuring.
  In 2017, at the 68th Zenkokushokujusai (tree-planting ceremony), the 72th Kokumintaiikutaikai (national athletic meet) and the 37th Zenkokuyutakanaumidukuri (nationmal meeting for the healthy ocean) to which Imperial couple made visits, the squads deployed relevant organizations contributed to the police activities like securing Imperial couple and preventing crows from an accident by transmitting the images of the concern, installing temporary radio relay stations to remove insensitive zones of the police radio and so on. At the dignitary protection for the President Trump of the U.S., they contributed to the police activities like securing the dignitary and ensuring the smooth operation of the event by transmitting the images to the field headquarters. In order to transmit those images they took measures such as installing temporary fixed cameras, operating helicopter television systems, etc.

Activities Supporting Criminal Investigations

  When a serious crime such as an abduction or a hostage siege occurs, Mobile Police Communications Squad is immediately dispatched to the crime scene. In collaboration with investigators, the Squad establishes means of communications carefully and appropriately for the on-site investigation taking into consideration of the safety of the hostage.
  Specifically, the Squad installs and operates video cameras as well as live-image transmitting systems so that investigators can grasp the current situation of the crime scenes. Depending on the situation, temporary radio relay stations and helicopter television systems are also manipulated by the Squad for efficient and effective investigations.

Training

  To improve and strengthen the response capability, Mobile Police Communications Squad conducts practical trainings assuming various disasters and accidents. The each squad holds trainings repeatedly and continuously collaborating with each PPH. Joint trainings are also held for a couple of neighboring prefectural squads together in order to deal with inter-prefectural incidents and large-scale disasters.