A temporary police booth has been set up at a shelter for victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. The officers on duty deal with questions and concerns via a consultation window, and regularly patrol the shelters to ensure that order is maintained.
Around 1,000 displaced people from the neighboring town of Tomioka and the village of Kawauchi have gathered at the shelter since March 11. Police officials said that as people spend longer in evacuation shelters, stress has increased and there have been reports of donation fraud, theft of valuables recovered from destroyed residences, as well as personal safety issues to deal with.
The Koriyama police force issued the statement saying: "We are striving to ensure that evacuees can live their lives with even just a little extra peace of mind during this difficult time."
One evacuee said, "I have small children, so it is a huge relief to have policemen on patrol." Another said, "Just having a policeman come and talk to you while he's on patrol makes a big difference."
The temporary police post will be open for as long as the shelter is in operation.© Compiled from news reports