Due to the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), there were 379 denials of access to the Patuxent River NAS in the month of September alone.
USMC photo by Cpl. Justin wheeler
LEXINGTON PARK, Maryland – The Defense Biometric Identification System, better known as DBIDS, has been in operation at NAS Patuxent River since 2017 and has proven effective in managing personnel and facility access.
DBIDS is a Department of Defense system developed by the Defense Manpower Data Center as a force protection program. The system is used to enter personal data into a database, capture biometric information and retrieve this data and information for verification and validation at a later date.
“Anyone with access to the base must be in the computer system that DBIDS is extracted from,” said Lt. Charles Whittenton, security manager at Pax River.
DBIDS improves plant security and communication by updating the database more frequently with information and providing continuous monitoring each time a DBIDS card is scanned at a facility entry point .
Due to DBIDS, Whittenton noted that there had been 379 refusals at the front doors in the month of September alone, not counting turnovers from people who approached by accident. Refusals can result from a person’s exclusion from installation, loss or theft of the presented ID, presented credentials are expired or invalid, and want or warrant hits.
“A warrant or a warrant can be issued by a judge for a lot of things,” said Whittenton. “It is always when a person is suspected of being charged or charged with something and has either failed to appear or has been released on bail, and there has been a violation of a law. that she wasn’t supposed to rape. They must indeed be legally detained, arrested, apprehended and referred to the judge for decision. We certainly have people trying to gain access and failing because they have desires or mandates or a criminal history that prevents them from getting on board.
Visitors attempting to gain access are also checked in the same database during their application process at the Pass and ID office.
“They have to give information as well, and if there’s something, we’ll see it,” Whittenton said. “We’re not actively looking for people, we’re just trying to keep the wrong people out. So when we look at your file or your information while you’re there, it comes from the same database and will show up, as long as some government authority or magistrate puts it there.
There are also a number of reasons why a person may be denied access to Pax River and most of these are criminal offenses, Whittendon said, such as sexual assault, domestic violence or violations. weapons.
“But here’s the big problem that applies to all of our people in Pax River: it’s something called ‘Disrespecting a Sentry’,” he added. “Refusing to show ID or name-calling and blasting at officers are examples of disrespecting a sentry; and that will make you immediately banned.
Whittenton admits that when DBIDS first arrived on the scene several years ago, he was skeptical.
“But then I started to see the numbers and I was like ‘we really need this’,” he said. “Of course it delays people a bit [at the gates], but it’s worth it for the added security.
Of course, DBIDS can’t end all incidents, but Whittenton says this has had a profound impact on reducing the number of possible incidents that might otherwise have happened.
“And with the current geopolitical paradigm, the world is not getting any safer; it is becoming more and more dangerous, ”he noted. “Any little thing we can do to pile things up on our side – the good side – is good.
We must all remember that Pax River is a military installation that is there specifically to fuel national strategy and provide combatants with what they need to accomplish their mission. As long as we maintain this perspective, everything will be fine.