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Mission Statement/Vision Statement/Core Values-Page 2

Letter from the Police Chief-Page 3

Letter from the Police Commission Chair-Page 4

Hawai'i County Police Commission-Page 5

Special Response Team-Page 6

Bicycle Patrol-Page 7

Community Policing-Page 8

Organization Chart-Page 11

Photos of Police Administration-Page 12

Internal Affairs/CIU-Page 13

Administrative Bureau-Page 14

Operations Bureaus-Page 18

Criminal Investigations Divisions-Page 19

Area I Patrol Districts-Page 27

Area II Patrol Districts-Page 31

Traffic Enforcement Unit-Page 35

Grants-Page 36

Budget-Page 39

Personnel Changes-Page 40

Statistical Tables & Charts-Page 42

Cover photo by Sandy Tokeshi


Page 2--2009-2010 ANNUAL REPORT

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The employees of the Hawai'i Police Department are committed to preserving the

Spirit of Aloha. We will work cooperatively with the community to enforce the laws,

preserve peace, and provide a safe environment.

The Hawai'i Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of police

service and forming partnerships with the community to achieve public satisfaction

making the Big Island a safe place to live, visit, and conduct business.

Core Values





Community Satisfaction


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Police Department

2009-2012 Annual Report

Hawai'i County Police Commission

County of Hawai'i

Aupuni Center

101 Pauahi Street, Suite 9

Hilo, Hawai'i 96720

Dear Commissioners:

I am pleased to submit the Hawai'i Police Department's Annual

Report for fiscal year 2009-2010. During this fiscal year,

we continued to make improvements to help provide the best

possible service to our residents and visitors. As in recent years,

we continued with ongoing state-of-the-art training for our officers and civilian employees.

Our officers continue to make progress in fighting the war on crystal methamphetamine and other

illegal drugs by using enforcement and preventive measures. At the same time, school resource

officers worked with schools to provide positive role models and teach curriculum designed for

school children--including anti-drug classes.

This fiscal year, we continued to hold monthly public meetings throughout the island. The meetings

allow the public to meet the Police Department's command staff and to discuss concerns with me,

the deputy chief, and the commanders who oversee police operations at the local level.

Another step toward improving our rapport with the community was through the expansion of

our Bicycle Patrol into West Hawai'i. Residents continue to express enthusiastic support for our

officers as they ride through our island's communities on bicycles.

The Police Department continued taking steps toward achieving the goal of gaining law enforcement

accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Thanks to

tireless efforts by our Accreditation Section, we are one year closer to achieving that goal.

We remain committed to enhancing our partnership with the public through community policing

and participation in neighborhood and charitable events. We look forward to working with our

neighbors to make the island of Hawai'i a safe place to live, visit, and work.

On behalf of the men and women of the Police Department, I thank you for your continued



Harry S. Kubojiri

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Harry S. Kubojiri

Police Chief

Hawai'i Police Department


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Hawai'i County

Police Commission

The Honorable William Kenoi

Mayor, County of Hawai'i

25 Aupuni Street

Hilo, Hawai'i 96720

Dear Mayor Kenoi:

In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the Hawai'i County Police Commission

held 12 monthly meetings on a rotating schedule in Hilo, Waimea, and

Kona. Our commissioners had the privilege throughout the fiscal year

to attend community events and various functions that included recruit

graduation, Police Week ceremonies, commanders meetings, and the

Hawai'i State Law Enforcement Officials Association Conference.

In May 2010, we had the privilege of hosting the Annual State of Hawai'i Police Commissioners'

Conference at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. The conference theme was "Balancing Police

Responsibilities and Public Perception." It was well attended by commissioners and police personnel

from all islands, and it generated thought-provoking discussions.

Although 2009-2010 was a very challenging fiscal year, our commissioners were committed to

their task and diligently worked with the chief and his staff to help the Police Department fulfill

its mission and vision statements.

I'm confident in saying that, along with my fellow commissioners, it is an honor to serve the

people of Hawai'i County as Police Commissioners.


Donn S. Mende

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Chair, Hawai'i County Police Commission

Donn S. Mende


Hawai'i County

Police Commission

2009-2010 ANNUAL REPORT--Page 5

Hawai'i County Police Commission

Nine Big Island residents proudly

serve on the Hawai'i County Police

Commission. The mayor appoints

one member from each district and each appointment

is subject to confirmation by the

Hawai'i County Council.

The commission's most important responsibilities,

as delineated in the Hawai'i County

Charter, are to appoint and remove the police

chief at its sole discretion, confirm the chief's

appointment of a deputy chief, and consider

public complaints against the department or

any of its members and then submit findings

to the chief.

According to the County Charter, the

commission's other functions are to:

Adopt rules it may consider necessary for

the conduct of its business and regulation

of the matters committed to its charge

and review the rules and regulations of the


Review the department's annual

budget prepared by the police chief

and make recommendations thereon

to the managing director and mayor

Submit an annual report to the mayor and

the County Council

Advise the police chief on police-community


Hire personnel necessary to carry out its


Evaluate at least annually the performance

of the police chief and submit a report to

the mayor, managing director and County


During Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the Police

Commission members were:

Carol Ignacio, District 1--Hamakua

Anita Politano Steckel /Leroy J.

Victorine, District 2--South Hilo

Donn S. Mende, District 3--South Hilo

Louis Kaoiwi/Michelle Kualii, District--South Hilo

Ka'ili Pe'a-Ferrari, District 5--Puna

Richard J. Behenna, District 6--Upper Puna

Melvin S. Morimoto, District 7--South Kona

Thomas P. Whittemore, District 8--North Kona

Michael B. Sumja, District 9--North and South Kohala


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Special Response Team (SRT)

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Lieutenant Burt Shimabukuro, Special Response Team commander, sits at the

controls of one of the SRT's specialized vehicles as Sergeant Thomas Shopay

pops his head out the hatch.

The mission of the Special Response

Team is to support the Hawai'i Police

Department and any other requesting

law enforcement agency with a response to

critical incidents.

Critical incidents are hostage situations,

barricade situations, sniper situations, high-

risk warrant service, and special assignments.

The team also provides security for visiting


The Special Response Team consists of specially

selected officers who train extensively

throughout the year ensuring operational

readiness. The SRT includes a crisis negotiation

team that receives special training to develop

communication skills that are necessary

for defusing volatile situations.

The SRT's incident commander, tactical

team, crisis negotiation team, and support

personnel conduct monthly scenario training

at different locations throughout the Big


From July 2009 through June 2010, the

Special Response Team responded to two barricaded

situations, served one high-risk warrant,

and conducted four security details and

a special assignment. The Special Response

Team is also tasked with managing the

department's TASER program and participation

in community outreach programs.

From its inception to 2009, the SRT responded

to 85 incidents.

SRT's day-to-day operations fall under

the Administrative Services Division. When

the team was mobilized during Fiscal Year

2009-2010, its operations fell under the

command of the assistant chief of Area I



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Bicycle Patrol

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Community policing officers Jesse Kerr and Todd Pataray set off for bicycle patrol.

The widely popular Bicycle Patrol

expanded into West Hawai'i in

2009-2010. The Area II Bicycle

Patrol was a welcome sight in Kailua

Village and at special events. These pedaling

officers developed a close working

partnership with the community, businesses

and visitors to Kailua-Kona.

At the same time, the Bike Patrol

presence in East Hawai'i continued to

effectively address street level crime in

Downtown Hilo, Pahoa Town, and at

community events.

Officers on Bicycle Patrol focus on

liquor enforcement, drug enforcement,

traffic enforcement, parking problems,

public nuisances, pedestrian safety,

and safety of our visitors--especially

on days when the cruise ships arrive.

Bicycles give the officers the advantage

of speed, stealth, and the ability to conduct

surveillance. Bicycle Patrol reinforces

the department Vision Statement

of providing a safe place to live, visit

and conduct business.

The Bicycle Patrol Program has helped

not only to fight crime but also to offer

additional opportunities to build positive

relations with the community by making

officers more approachable.


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Community Policing

Commanders: Area I, Lieutenant Albert Jason Cortez / Area II, Sergeant William Souther

The people of Hawai'i County continue

to embrace the Community

Policing philosophy. Its strategy is

to prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime,

arrest those who commit crimes, and provide

a safe environment through the use of

a proactive problem-solving approach and

established partnerships.

At the end of Fiscal Year 2009-2010,

the Community Policing section had 35 authorized

positions, including a supervising

sergeant in Area II and a lieutenant in Area

I. Of those, 15 positions were allocated for

community policing officers, six for School

Resource Officers, two for HI-PAL officers

and one for a civilian.

During the fiscal year, our community

policing officers, school resource officers,

and HI-PAL staff continued to pursue

partnerships with community groups in

a collaborative effort to address substance

abuse, homelessness, mental health issues,

crime, homeland security, lack of youth

activities, and numerous other issues.

The Area II Community Policing Unit

was tasked with the implementation of

the Special Enforcement Unit and Bicycle

Patrol to address reccurring problems, public

complaints, special events, and property

crimes in Kona.

Our school resource officers are stationed

at six intermediate schools throughout the

island and also reach out to students at many

feeder schools. The school is considered a

community within a community, and with

law enforcement present, it becomes a more

complete community. The school resource

officers wear three hats: law enforcement officer,

teacher, and counselor. They deal with

crimes on campus, teach classes to students,

provide presentations when requested, and

act as liaisons between the school and the

Police Department. These officers continue

to provide DARE classes, law-related training,

counseling and mentoring to students

daily, and are involved in school intramural


The Weed and Seed program endeavors

continued to be successful, with collaborative

efforts in Pahoa and the surrounding community

to provide crime prevention presentations

on topics such as identity theft, home

security, and drug recognition. Recently, a

Hawai'i Tourism Authority grant was secured,


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some of which will fund the upgrade of Pahoa

Village surveillance cameras. For Fiscal Year

2009-2010, police efforts in and around the

site resulted in 218 arrests for various offenses,

including 10 liquor violations, 31 drug violations

and 49 violent crimes.

Our community policing officers regularly

attend Neighborhood Watch and community

association meetings to provide crime prevention


Other notable Community Policing/HI-

PAL activities included:

Merrie Monarch Festival

Downtown Hilo Ho'olaulea

July 4 festivities

Keiki ID projects

Graffiti paint-over and

beautification projects

Sign waving projects that raise

community awareness about

domestic violence, child/vehicle

safety, and drug abuse

Downtown Hilo Neighborhood

Watch Aloha Patrol

Weed and Seed Steering Committee

meetings and activities

VASH meetings and activities

Bicycle Patrol in Pahoa, Downtown

Hilo, Keaukaha, Pana'ewa, Kailua

Village, and at special events.

Kurtistown Family Fun Day

Mountain View Family Fun Day

Halloween Safety presentations

for parents and children

Aloha Patrol on Ali'i Drive

Beach Sweeps on Ali'i Drive at

county beach parks

Business Watch for Kailua-Kona

Abandoned vehicle beautification


"Meth" conferences

Community meetings

Station tours

Kailua-Kona Block Party

Illegal hunting education project


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During Fiscal Year 2009-2010, community policing officers worked in partnership

with the following groups, resulting in the following outcomes:



Troy Barboza Torch Run:

Special Olympics track and field event competition

16 Department of Education elementary and intermediate schools:

DARE classes provided by SROs to about 2,900 students in grades 5-8

Pahoa Weed and Seed, Puna Action Team, Neighborhood Place of Puna, QLCC, Prosecutor's Office:

Continued participation with the Weed and Seed project by stepped-up police enforcement and joining with various neighborhood groups in activities such as Springtime Jam, bike patrol, and a wrestling clinic/drug presentation for 100+ kids

Department of Parks and Recreation,pony baseball:

Memorial Day Baseball Tournament, State Baseball Tournament

Department of Parks and Recreation, Keaukaha Athletic Association:

Spring Basketball Tournament, "Click It Or Ticket" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Kea'au, Halloween Havoc 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Keaukaha, Fall Intermediate Basketball League, Winter Basketball Classic

Department of Parks and Recreation, New Hope Hamakua, Kalaniana'ole School:

HI-PAL Open Gym Night at the Papa'ikou gym with various youth activities

Downtown Improvement Association, Planning Department, Friends of Downtown Hilo:

Continued work with "Envision Downtown Hilo 2025"

Boy Scouts of America-Aloha Council:

Safety and fingerprinting merit badges, training of more than 100 scouts

Public and Private Schools:Anti-bullying presentations

Drug Court: Police Department liaison

U.S. Marshals Service: Operation Falcon warrant sweep

Kona Coast resorts:Health Fair projects

Hawai'i Fire Department:Fire Prevention Week activities


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Hawai'i Police Department Organization Chart



Police Chief




Police Chief

Area I

Operations Bureau

Area II

Operations Bureau







South Hilo





Investigations Div.


Investigations Div.



Investigations Sec.

North Hilo





Investigations Sec.

South Kohala




North Kohala






Vice Section





Juvenile Aid


Juvenile Aid








Records &



Enforcement Unit


Enforcement Unit



Crime Lab



Traffic Services









Policing Officers


Policing Officers


Workers' Comp

School Resource


School Resource











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Paul Ferreira

Deputy Police Chief

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Marshall Kanehailua

Assistant Chief


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Derek Pacheco

Assistant Chief

Area I Operations

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Henry Tavares

Assistant Chief

Area II Operations

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Paul Kealoha


Administrative Services Division

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Larry Weber


Technical Services Division

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Samuel Thomas


Operations Bureau

Area I

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Randy Apele


Operations Bureau

Area II


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Internal Affairs/CIU

Commander: Captain James O'Connor

The Internal Affairs and Criminal Intelligence Units report directly to the police chief.

Internal Affairs (IA)

Internal Affairs Mission Statement

The mission of Internal Affairs is to protect and serve the public, the

employee and the department through fair, thorough and proactive

investigations of alleged misconduct while preserving the spirit of aloha.

During the Fiscal Year 2009-2010,

the Internal Affairs Unit conducted

27 administrative investigations

and 82 internal inquiries into actions by

police department personnel. The detectives

also provided 36 in-service training sessions

to employees.

Internal Affairs also conducted

64 Quality Control and Compliance

Inspections (QCCI) of various elements

of the department to prevent the abuse,

misuse, fraud, and waste of department

resources. The goal of the QCCI is to

provide a safe working environment,

maintain a degree of government and

public trust, and prevent a financial or

libelous predicament while creating an

attitude of pride and discipline.

Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU)

During Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the

Criminal Intelligence Unit provided intelligence

information, which in whole or part

led to initiating 84 criminal investigations.

The unit also submitted 401 intelligence

reports during this period.

The unit conducted 276 criminal history

investigations for prospective department

employees, other designated employees,

as well as prospective employees of other

county, state, and federal law enforcement


Officers from the Criminal

Intelligence Unit also conducted surveillance

and provided intelligence that

aided criminal investigation detectives

in successfully completing numerous

felony investigations.

The unit is a member of the national Law

Enforcement Intelligence Unit, the state

organization of Inter-County Criminal

Intelligence Unit, the U.S. Marshals Service

Fugitive Task Force, and is the department's

liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.


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Administrative Bureau

Commander--Assistant Chief Marshall Kanehailua

The Administrative Bureau is divided into two divisions--Administrative Services and

Technical Services. A police major heads each one.

Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division

includes the Finance Section,

Accreditation Section, Word Processing

Section, Public Relations Section, Human

Resources Section, Training Section, and administration

of the Special Response Team.

The Finance Section is responsible for

payroll, accounts payable, officers' gas and oil

accounts, special duty work, inventory, and

other finance-related tasks.

The Accreditation Section revised more

than 100 General Orders, wrote more

than 30 operations policies, and created an

intranet portal toward the goal of achieving

law enforcement accreditation through

the Commission on Accreditation of Law

Enforcement Agencies.

The Word Processing Center is responsible

for transcribing all narrative police

reports that sworn personnel dictate into a

digital recording system. Throughout the

2009-2010 Fiscal Year, the Word Processing

Center worked long hours in an attempt to

keep up with the high workload. The Word

Processing Center is composed of one clerical

services supervisor, one assistant clerical

supervisor, and 14 clerk III staff members.

Their responsibilities include the processing,

transcribing, and routing to the Records

Management System all police narrative

dictations for timely prosecution. More than

33,000 reports were transcribed, totaling

more than 322,000 minutes of dictation.

The Public Relations Section is responsible

for maintaining the department's website

and Nixle alerts, responding to inquiries

from the news media, managing the Police

Department's Community Satisfaction

Survey, producing the cable access television

program "Hawai'i Island's Most Wanted,"

and publishing the department's annual report

and employee newsletter.

The Special Response Team (SRT) is

mobilized for high-risk, tactical operations

involving barricaded suspects, hostage situations,

and high-risk warrant services. The

team also provides security for visiting dignitaries

and politicians. The SRT's day-to-

day operations fall under the Administrative

Services Section. When the team is mobilized,

its activities fall under Area I Operations.

On March 1, 2010, the Police Department

filled all of its vacant, sworn positions. The

new personnel came from applicants who

were recruited the previous fiscal year during

an aggressive police officer recruitment

campaign run by the Police Department's

Human Resources Section in cooperation

with the Hawai'i County Department of

Human Resources.

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The Training Section conducted training

for two recruit classes (the 77th and

78th), consisting of a combined 26 police

recruits. These officers received a wide variety

of training. which included criminal

investigation, principles of patrol, interview

and interrogation, forensic sciences, constitutional

and citizen's rights, understanding

of federal, state and county laws and a host

of other subjects pertinent to law enforcement.

In addition to the academic training,

police recruits received training in firearms

use, arrest control techniques, use of the

electronic control device and other related

physical training in preparation of becoming

a sworn police officer.

Also during this fiscal year, the Police

Department provided more than 7,913 hours

of instruction and training to its sworn police

officers and civilian employees. Topics of instruction

included supervisory training, customer

service, evidence collection and many

other specialized training sessions. To better

respond to the increasing number of internet

crimes reported by the Big Island community,

the department hosted three training sessions

related to the investigation of internet or

cyberspace crimes. To better protect and educate

the public about this growing problem,

members of the department's Community

Policing and Community Relations sections

received training in making public presentations

to school children, community groups

and other interested individuals.

A primary focus of the training provided

by the Police Department during this fiscal

year was directed at enhancing the department's

disaster preparedness and response

in the event of a natural disaster, terrorist

attack or other major incident. In completing

this ongoing initiative, command staff

and supervisors attended National Incident

Management training while all other sworn

personnel attended Incident Command

System Training. These programs are

mandated by the federal Department of

Homeland Security. They have been developed

to provide to police departments, civil

defense agencies, public safety personnel

and first responders from other government

agencies a unified and systematic response

to catastrophic events.

Technical Services Division

Commander: Major Larry Weber

The Technical Services Division is

in charge of the Communications

Dispatch Section, Communications

Maintenance Section, Computer Center,

Records and Identification Section and Traffic

Services Section.

The Communications Dispatch Center

continues to work with wireless service providers

to enhance the Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 system

deployed in April 2007. During Fiscal Year

2009-2010, the Police Department worked

with those service providers to deploy 545

new towers and 1,514 new sectors. Continued

maintenance of the data and cellular sites was

conducted through audits of the data provided

by the various wireless service providers. This

process includes updating the geographic information

system map layers and verifying the data

that is displayed during a live 9-1-1 call. That

helps the dispatchers determine the location of


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callers so they can send assistance to them. Nine

new layers were added to the existing Positron

mapping system and all of the previous layers

have been updated.

The Hawai'i Police Department continues

to expand on the capturing of Pictometry

aerial mapping data. Expanded imagery will

allow dispatchers to provide the first responders

with information such as the terrain,

number of houses, heights of buildings. At the

end of the fiscal year, the Police Department

expected the complete data to be delivered

and available for use in December 2010.

During the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year, the

Dispatch Center received 119,751 emergency

9-1-1 calls, with 16.9 percent being

transferred to the Fire Department.

Requests for police service are made using

the 9-1-1 emergency call system, the Police

Department's non-emergency telephone line,

and by reports directly to police officers or

at the police station. All such requests are

recorded, logged, assigned, and documented

by Communications Dispatch personnel using

the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)

system. There were 181,843 CAD events that

documented such requests.

The Police Department continues to address

the issues associated with the Master

Street Address Guide (MSAG). A total of

2,434 transactions were completed during

the last fiscal year. Those transactions include

change of addresses, insertions/deletions of

street records, and customer change reports.

The Communications-Dispatch Section

successfully completed two Police Radio

Dispatcher recruit classes to increase staffing.

A third Police Radio Dispatcher class

began on June 1, 2010, and finished on July

31, 2010.

The Communications-Dispatch Section

received and processed 321 9-1-1 tape requests

from the public, Prosecuting Attorney's office,

and police officers. In March 2010, the

Computer Aided Dispatch System (CADS)

was upgraded, allowing the ability to capture

additional data and also interfacing and

testing with the Police Department's mobile

data terminals.

Scientel was selected as radio consultant

for the upgrade of the county's

Land Mobile Radio system under the

Communications Maintenance Section.

Scientel recommended that the county deploy

VHF digital trunking technology for

future communication needs. Requests

for proposals were submitted for this

upgrade. The proposals all recommend

similar technology and overall coverage

will be improved.

The Police Department's plan is to narrow-

band the existing VHF system by 2013

as mandated by the FCC. If the new VHF

digital-trunked radio system can be deployed

before the 2013 deadline, then we can retire

our existing system.

Scientel installed surveillance cameras

in Hilo and Kona, which aided in several

investigations. The department will be able

to appreciate their true potential once installation

of the surveillance cameras is complete

and optimized.

The department's Computer Center

started connecting district stations along

the county's INET fiber route to the INET

fiber network. Kea'au, Pahoa, North Hilo,

Hamakua, South Kohala, and Kealakehe

were expected to be converted by the end

of 2010. The INET fiber is not available in

the Ka'u, Mauna Lani, North Kohala, and

Captain Cook areas.

The department's records management

system servers were upgraded to faster

64-bit machines that are also much more


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energy efficient. The software upgrade was

scheduled for the beginning of the next fiscal


The Computer Center staff assisted with the

following projects that were in various stages of


Police Mobile Data Terminal (MDT)


County MPLS network installation

Hawai'i Integrated Justice Information

Sharing--Hawai`i Criminal Justice Data Center

Intergraph Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)

software and hardware upgrade

Video camera surveillance purchase and

installation--HTA grant

Pictometry mapping solution for Dispatch

Word Processing Center system upgrade and


During the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year the Police

Department received $212,195 in federal grant

funds, which the Traffic Services Section oversees,

for traffic enforcement and equipment purchases to

improve traffic safety.Police continued efforts to

make Big Island roadways safer by using the grant

funds to pay for overtime for checkpoints and other

enforcement projects aimed at reducing injuries and

deaths in motor vehicle crashes by increasing seat

belt use rates, apprehending impaired drivers, and

enforcing speed regulations and illegal "outlaw"

road racing.

Other Traffic Services Section highlights:

102 road closure permits issued

629 violation letters sent out to motorists

78 school crossing guard checks conducted

112 impound letters sent out to owners of

abandoned vehicles.

By the start of the 2009-2010 fiscal year,

the Records and Identification Section had

completed the final phase that allows the Police

Department to send all criminal cases to the

Hawai'i County Prosecutor's office electronically.

Before March 2007, when the Records and

Identification Section began the first phase of the

electronic transfer process, the backlog of cases

was as long as a year. Now, all cases reach the

prosecutor's office within a day or two after an

investigation is completed and approved.

In total, 18,353 criminal cases were sent electronically

to the prosecutor's office during the 2009-2010

fiscal year. This has been a giant step toward serving

the public more efficiently.

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Operations Bureaus

Area I--East Hawai'i

Commanders: Asst. Chief Derek Pacheco / Maj. Samuel Thomas

The Area I Operations Bureau includes investigative

and patrol operations in East

Hawai'i. Its districts include Hamakua,

North Hilo, South Hilo, and Puna--an area

encompassing 1,685 square miles. A captain

heads each of the four patrol districts.

Area II--West Hawai'i

Commanders: Asst. Chief Henry Tavares / Maj. John Dawrs / Maj. Randy Apele

The Area II Operations Bureau includes

investigative and patrol operations in

West Hawai'i. The 2,345 square-mile

area includes the districts of North Kohala,

South Kohala, Kona, and Ka'u, each headed

by a captain.

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Criminal Investigations Divisions

Commanders: Area I, Capt. Randall Medeiros / Area II, Capt. Chad Basque

The Police Department's investigative operations fall under the Criminal Investigations

Divisions, one in Area I and one in Area II. CID commanders oversee the operations

of the Criminal Investigations Section, Juvenile Aid Section and Vice Section with

operations in both Area I and Area II. Area I also includes the Crime Lab in Hilo.

Criminal Investigations Sections (CIS)

Commanders: Area I, Lt. Mitchell Kanehailua / Area II, Lt. Darren Horio / Lt. Gerald Wike

The Criminal Investigations Sections

investigate all major crimes, such as

murders, felony assaults, major property

crimes, and financial crimes. In addition,

CIS detectives respond to all reported

suicides, child deaths, and other deaths with

questionable circumstances.

During Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the Area I

Criminal Investigations Section investigated

2,305 crimes. Of those, 889 were burglaries,

425 were thefts, and 386 were financial

crimes. In comparison with the previous fiscal

year, this represents an 11 percent increase in

the number of burglaries investigated, a 22

percent decrease in thefts, and a 10 percent

decrease in financial crimes. The overall solution

rate for Area I CIS this fiscal year was

72 percent.

Area I CIS detectives investigated one

attempted murder and three murder cases.

Detectives solved all of the cases by the end

of the fiscal year.

One of the cases involved the February

2009 fatal shooting of a 24-year-old woman

in Hilo. The investigation revealed that the

victim was shot by her 28-year-old husband

who subsequently turned the gun on himself.

The case was classified as a murder/suicide

and, as is standard practice, was forwarded

to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for


Another case involved the September 2009

murder of a 5-year-old child in Hilo. The

investigation revealed that the child died as

a result of "forceful submersion" after being

found unresponsive in her bathtub. There

was also evidence that she was a victim of

a sexual assault. A 30-year-old Hilo man

remains in custody for these crimes and is

awaiting trial.

Another case that brought domestic violence

to the forefront was a brutal murder of

a 38-year-old Mountain View woman who

was repeatedly stabbed on a busy Hilo thoroughfare

during peak traffic. Her 47-year-old

husband was charged with her murder and

remains incarcerated, awaiting trial.

Area II CIS detectives investigated 727

cases. These are some highlights:

Detectives conducted a murder investigation

involving the death of a woman from

California, who was vacationing with her

fiance in Hawai'i and staying at a resort on the

Kona Coast. On March 20, 2010, the 52-year-

old woman died after falling from the second

floor balcony of her hotel room. Other guests

at the resort reported to security that they

had heard a domestic argument coming from


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the hotel room prior to the woman falling.

The victim's fiance, a 58-year-old California

man, was arrested and later released pending

further investigation. The case was referred to

the prosecuting attorney's office.

On April 24, 2010, Kona patrol officers

responded to a report of a stabbing at a

beach park off Ali'i Drive in Kona, where

they discovered a woman in a pavilion who

had been stabbed in the side. The 42-year-

old woman had been visiting with friends at

the pavilion when her estranged boyfriend

approached her and stabbed her with a

knife. The 59-year-old man fled from the

pavilion, but police tracked him down and

arrested him. The victim recovered from her

injuries, and the suspect was charged with

attempted murder. The case was referred to

the prosecuting attorney's office.

On June 11, 2010, Area II detectives

became involved in the investigation of a

reported robbery after Kona patrol officers

responded to a business on Napo'opo'o

Road in Captain Cook, South Kona, where

a 58-year-old visitor to the islands and her

63-year-old husband reported they were approached

by two local men while walking

in a small botanical garden. One of the men

brandished a knife and grabbed the woman

from behind, holding the knife to her throat,

and then removing the purse she was holding.

The second man confronted the victim's

husband and punched him in the face. Both

of the suspects were seen fleeing the area in a

small sedan. A witness was located who saw

the sedan minutes after the robbery occurred

and was able to identify the driver of the vehicle.

Police located the vehicle used during

the robbery and executed a search warrant.

Detectives recovered the victim's stolen purse

with contents from the vehicle. Both suspects

were identified and arrested for the robbery.

The case was referred to the prosecuting

attorney's office.

Juvenile Aid Sections (JAS)

Commanders: Area I, Lt. Lucille Melemai /Area II, Lt. Glenn Uehana / Lt. Gilbert Gaspar

The Juvenile Aid Section is primarily

responsible for the investigation of

sexual assaults, domestic violence, and

other family-related crimes, as well as internet

crimes involving child exploitation. JAS also

investigates runaways, truants, curfew violators

and serious crimes involving juvenile

offenders. One officer in JAS is also trained

as a canine handler to assist in investigations

of missing persons.

The Juvenile Aid Section has on staff a

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE)

Coordinator--a nurse examiner who specializes

in forensic/medical examinations

of victims of sexual assault and domestic

violence. The SAFE Coordinator also actively

recruits other nurses to become certified nurse

examiners in the SAFE program to provide

these services throughout the island.

A Victim Services Assistant was on staff

in the East Hawai'i Juvenile Aid Section. The

assistant analyzed data on reported crimes of

domestic violence and sexual assaults. In addition,

the assistant served as a liaison for the

department with social service agencies and

victims of family and sexual violence.

JAS is divided into three specialized

units: the Sex Crimes Unit (specializing in

sexual assault investigations), the Domestic

Violence Unit (specializing in domestic


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abuse cases) and the General Detail Unit,

which covers all other crimes related to juveniles.

The Area I Juvenile Aid Section also

has two detectives who have been trained

to recover digital evidence from computers,

mobile devices, cell phones, and other

electronic storage media.

Katie, a yellow Labrador retriever, is a

"scent-discriminating" tracking canine assigned

to Area I JAS. The national organization

Canines for Kids, Inc. donated Katie

to the Police Department in 2006, and the

Missing Children Center of Hawai'i and

the Children's Justice Centers of Hawai'i

provided additional funding. Katie's primary

duties are to assist in locating missing

children and Alzheimer's patients, although

she may be called upon to trail criminal suspects.

Tucker, the Department's first missing

persons canine, was retired because of health


During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, JAS

Area I detectives investigated 1,017 cases,

including sexual assaults, domestic violence

and related cases, and other crimes, such as

burglaries, robberies, and status offenses.

During fiscal year 2009-2010, the Area

II Juvenile Aid Section investigated 634

cases, including sexual assaults, domestic

violence and other crimes against women,

child pornography, and other juvenile related

crimes, including burglaries, robberies, thefts,

child abuse and neglect, and other status


On February 26, 2010, patrol officers arrested

a man and three juveniles after they

were observed operating a stolen vehicle in

Kailua-Kona. JAS detectives continued the

investigation and later determined that the

adult was responsible for 13 other cases,

including burglary, theft, attempted theft,

unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle,

and promoting a detrimental drug. The cases

were deferred to the prosecutor's office. An

arrest warrant was issued for the suspect's

arrest and he was subsequently arrested and

charged for all offenses.

On March 4, 2010, a woman visiting

from the mainland reported that while she

was on the island on February 27, 2010, she

visited a massage therapist for therapy. The

male massage therapist sexually assaulted

the woman during the therapy session. The

victim returned to the mainland, where she

reported the incident to local authorities.

JAS detectives continued the investigation

and were able to determine that the massage

therapist was suspected in other cases

with a very similar mode of operation. The

massage therapist was indicted on three

counts of sex assault involving three separate


On July 13, 2010, three male juveniles

who were clients at a therapy home in Ka'u

were being transported in a vehicle when they

decided to escape. They overwhelmed the two

women workers in the vehicle by holding a

sharp object to one of their throats, stopped

the vehicle, and pushed the women out. The

juveniles then escaped in the vehicle toward

Hilo. The following day, South Kohala patrol

officers apprehended the juveniles in the

Waikoloa area. JAS detectives continued the

investigation and initiated 10 cases, including

unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle,

kidnapping, assault, terroristic threatening,

robbery, and runaway. All cases were deferred

to the prosecutor's office.


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Vice Sections

Commanders: Area I, Lt. Richard Sherlock /Area II, Lt. Miles Chong / Lt. Sherry Bird

The Vice Sections (augmented by the

Ice Task Force and the Airport Task

Force in Area II) are responsible

for preventing and suppressing all forms

of commercialized vice activity, including

prostitution, gambling, and illegal trafficking

of narcotics. Special operations and

covert programs are in place to combat the

cultivation of marijuana and distribution

of illegal drugs. Federal and state grants

provide some of the necessary funding to

accomplish these objectives.

Crystal Methamphetamine--or "ice"--continues to be the greatest threat to the

community and continues to be the focus

of the Hawai'i Police Department's Ice

Task Force, as well as the entire Area I and

Area II Vice Sections. Arrests for methamphetamine

trafficking have increased as

ice is continually being imported into the

community from Honolulu and the West

Coast by way of body carriers and parcel


The Hawai'i Police Department's Vice

Sections seized 1,875 grams of crystal

methamphetamine during the 2009-2010

fiscal year in its efforts to disrupt the use,

distribution, and importation of "ice" into

our county.

Between the months of July 2009 and

February 2010, concentrated efforts to

curb the importation of crystal methamphetamine

into the Hilo airport resulted

in five interdictions and the arrest of

seven "couriers," male and female, from

Honolulu, California, and El Salvador. A

total of 548.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine

--$274,150 in street value--was recovered

as a result of these investigations.

An August 2009 search warrant served

on a property used as a day care center in

Hilo resulted in the recovery of 3.2 grams

of "ice" packaged for distribution, as well

as marijuana, pipes, and a digital scale.

A 52-year-old Hilo woman was arrested

and charged with methamphetamine trafficking.

Due to efforts by Hawai'i Police

Department officers, the warrant was

executed when no children were present.

Nevertheless, parental sign-in sheets, day

care equipment and toys, and other documentation

were in plain view upon service

of the warrant.

In August 2009, after a month-long

investigation conducted by the Area II Ice

Task Force, officers from the Area II Vice

Section served a search warrant at a home

in Kailua-Kona. Officers recovered more

than seven pounds of powdered cocaine, 12

grams of crack cocaine, approximately 10

ounces of crystal methamphetamine, nearly

a half pound of marijuana, and four firearms,

one of which had been reported stolen

during a residential burglary earlier in the

year. More than $6,000 cash was seized for

forfeiture. The drugs had a combined street

value of more than $222,000.

In October 2009, officers from the

Airport Task Force received information

alleging that a 51-year-old man would be

smuggling crystal methamphetamine on a

flight from California to Kona that afternoon.

During the course of the investigation,

police served a search warrant on the

suspect's bags and recovered approximately

seven ounces of crystal methamphetamine,


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almost four grams of marijuana, and nearly

two grams of powdered cocaine. In addition,

$1,600 in cash was seized for forfeiture.

The drugs had an estimated street

value of $25,000.

In October 2009, the Area II Ice Task

Force received information alleging a 24-

year-old Hispanic man would be transporting

crystal methamphetamine in a vehicle

in the Kona area. During the course of the

investigation, officers were able to locate the

man and develop further information that

led to the execution of a search warrant on

the vehicle. Officers executed the warrant

on the vehicle and recovered approximately

three ounces of crystal methamphetamine,

with an estimated street value of $10,500.

In November 2009, a four-month-long

investigation into a cocaine distribution

ring on the east side of the Big Island resulted

in nine felony cases, four arrests and

the recovery of 28.9 grams of cocaine and

3.9 grams of "ice."

The abuse of pharmaceutical prescriptions

drugs--or pharmaceutical diversion--

has become an alarming drug threat

in the United States, and Hawai'i County

is no exception.

The Hawai'i Police Department's Vice

Section reports that pharmaceutical

drugs--legally prescribed or diverted--are

present at 70 percent of its search warrants

executed for illegal narcotics. Most commonly

recovered pharmaceutical drugs

during these investigations are oxycodone,

hydrocodone, methadone, and fentanyl


The fact that the abuse or diversion of

these pharmaceutical drugs is being committed

by persons with legal prescriptions

makes these types of investigations that

much more difficult.

A 45-year-old Hilo woman was arrested

after Hilo Vice officers found her attempting

to sell prescription pills in the parking

lot of a local shopping plaza. Recovered

from her person were 756 methadone,

75 oxycodone, and 60 clonazepam pills.

The estimated street value for these pills is


In November 2008, Hawai'i County

voters passed a bill for an ordinance making

the adult personal use of marijuana

the lowest law enforcement priority of the

Hawai'i Police Department. The bill contains

wording that prohibits the Hawai'i

County Council from accepting any federal

funding for marijuana eradication.

During the second year of this bill, the

Hawai'i Police Department's Vice Sections

recovered 12,676 marijuana plants in spite

of the absence of eradication missions.

In Fiscal Year 2007-2008, the year prior

to the lowest priority bill, Hawai'i Police

Vice Sections recovered more than 37,000

marijuana plants as the result of eradication

missions and commercial marijuana

cultivation investigations.

The funding formerly used to investigate

commercial marijuana cultivation and distribution

was tied into those same federal

grants, thus limiting the Vice Section's

resources and tools to effectively target

commercial cultivation and distribution.

The Hawai'i Police Department continues

to research and develop new ways to solve

the problem of commercial cultivation and

distribution of marijuana in the County of


In July 2009, officers from the Area

II Vice Section served a search warrant

at a home in Kailua-Kona, where officers

discovered an indoor marijuana growing

operation. Police arrested a 27-year-old man


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and a 22-year-old woman on suspicion

of commercial promotion of marijuana.

Continued investigation led to the service

of another search warrant at a home in the

Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision,

where officers discovered another indoor

marijuana growing operation. Police

recovered 137 marijuana plants, several

vials containing hashish, and nearly 20

pounds of processed marijuana with a

street value of more than $80,000. Also

seized were two automobiles and $8,650

in cash for forfeiture.

A man and woman from Thailand

were arrested in December 2009 after a

search warrant executed at a home they

own in Puna led to the recovery of 613

marijuana plants from a sophisticated indoor

growing operation using LED lights

to conserve power. Also recovered were

more than three pounds of dry processed

marijuana, 117.3 grams of psilocybin

mushrooms, three rifles, a shotgun, and

two pistols. Upon approaching the property,

the suspects indicated that they had

heard marijuana was legal in our county

and referred to three lone plants that they

had growing outside the house. A 56-year-

old Pahoa woman, who was caretaking

the home, was also arrested.

In January 2010, Vice officers arrested

a 42-year-old Volcano man after purchasing

a quarter pound of dry processed

marijuana from him over the internet. In

the ensuing search warrant executed on

the suspect's home, vice officers recovered

80 marijuana plants from an indoor-

growing operation and seven pounds of

high-grade marijuana "buds."

Another investigation of marijuana distribution

via the internet led to the arrest

of a 42-year-old Volcano man and his 54-

year-old girlfriend following the recovery

of 123.4 grams of processed marijuana,

and 54 marijuana plants from an indoor

growing operation at his home. The man,

who had a medical marijuana permit, was

arrested and charged with nine felony

counts of selling marijuana.

In April 2010, a year-long multi-

agency investigation of a Big Island sport

fishing businessman concluded with the

arrest of three men in connection with

several commercial outdoor marijuana

growing operations in the North Kona

district. This investigation was led by

the Area II Vice Section and assisting

agencies were the Department of Land

and Natural Resources, Bureau of

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Drug

Enforcement Administration, National

Guard, Hawai'i HIDTA, and Western

States Information Network. Search

warrants were also served on vehicles and

homes connected with this investigation.

This investigation began in mid-2009

after officers observed one of the growing

locations on Route 190 from the air

during a marijuana eradication mission.

Information was developed on the other

grow sites that were later found during

additional aerial reconnaissance flights.

All of the patches were located on separate

parcels owned by the state, encompassing

nearly 70,000 acres.

Officers from the Area II Vice Section

conducted subsequent surveillance of a

marijuana patch in the Kiholo area off

Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway and observed

three men arrive at this location.

Officers monitored their activities as they

spent approximately three hours tending

to the marijuana plants. The three men

were arrested after they returned to their


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truck with marijuana that officers had observed

them harvest from the patch. Later

that morning, police recovered more marijuana

plants from two other commercial

outdoor marijuana growing locations in the

Pu'uanahulu area. Investigators had linked

the suspects to these additional sites, which

were identified in the early stages of this

eight-month-long investigation.

Four search warrants were served

during this investigation. Throughout

the course of the investigation, officers

recovered 598 marijuana plants ranging

in height from 10 inches to three feet,

approximately four pounds of dried marijuana,

3.3 grams of suspected hashish,

water tanks, pumps, hoses, and grow pots.

Three vehicles and more than $1,000 in

cash were seized for possible forfeiture.

The dried marijuana had an approximate

value of $20,000.

Abuse of Hawai'i's medical marijuana

laws, enacted in 2000, also were


A search warrant executed on a

Kurtistown home in June 2010 led to the

recovery of 211 marijuana plants, 146 of

which were located in an indoor growing

operation, and 2.5 grams of dry processed

marijuana. A 65-year-old female resident

of the property did indeed have a medical

marijuana permit as a caregiver in another

subdivision, where her marijuana was to

be grown. It was later determined that the

main suspect was her 28-year-old son, who

was also arrested at a later date after turning

himself in.

An investigation led to the recovery

of 178 marijuana plants, 1,444 grams

of dry processed marijuana, and three

firearms from a Mountain View address

that, according to the State of Hawai'i

Narcotics Enforcement Division, had a

total of six medical marijuana permits.

It was determined that three people

lived on the property. They were subsequently

arrested for commercial promotion

of marijuana.

Vice officers belong to the statewide

Hawai'i Narcotics Task Force and are

involved in joint operations with the

Drug Enforcement Administration,

Immigration Customs Enforcement, and

the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

and Explosives. The Vice Sections are also

a part of the Hawai'i High Intensity Drug

Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

Through the months of August 2009

to December 2010, the Hawai'i, Maui,

and Kaua'i Vice Sections conducted investigations

in their individual counties,

using resources, training, and funding

available solely due to the existence of

the Hawai'i Narcotics Task Force and the

Hawai'i HIDTA.

Operation "Treble Hook" concluded

statewide with eleven persons charged or

indicted on 34 felony drug trafficking

cases. "Treble Hook" led to the recovery

of 216.9 grams of "ice" and 58.9 grams

of dry processed marijuana.

The Hawai'i Police Department's Vice

Sections continually strive to identify,

infiltrate, and dismantle drug trafficking

organizations in Hawai'i County from the

street to the highest level.


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Crime Lab

Supervisor: Criminalist III Kathy Pung

The Crime Lab's Evidence Specialists attended

several fully grant funded training


Computer Forensic Training

Biological Fluids Workshop

Crash Data Retrieval

Death Investigation

GSR Training

In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the Crime Lab

completed work on acquiring a fully equipped

crime scene van and laboratory equipment

through grant funds provided by the Hawai'i

County Civil Defense Agency. Evidence

specialists assigned to the Crime Lab worked

diligently to research specifications and vendors

to maximize the amount of equipment

and supplies purchased with grant funds. The

Crime Lab received a four-wheel-drive cargo

van on February 4, 2010. It is stocked with

equipment and supplies provided through

the grant funds.

Equipment and supplies purchased with

the crime scene van include:

2 laptops

10 SmartDraw Crime Scene Diagram

licenses (two for evidence specialists, eight

shared with police in Kona and Hilo)

Digital camera with accessories

Portable GPS


Outdoor lights


Metal detector

Trajectory kit

Photo kit

General purpose tool kit

Evidence markers

Handheld microscope

Two-way handheld walkie-talkie set

Mirror kit

Cast impression kit

Presumptive blood test kit

Handheld laser measuring tool, measuring

tapes, rose azimuth (for measuring large


Tent with accessories, folding table,

folding chairs

Coolers for evidence collection

Automated glue fuming chamber with


Four-foot downflow dusting hood

During this period, our evidence specialists

responded to 56 scenes and assisted

investigators from both sides of the island by

processing evidence, including constructing

diagrams and photo-documenting the scenes.

Six of these investigations were murders, three

were negligent homicides, four were suicides,

seven were coroner's inquests later determined

to be natural deaths, and four were sexual


With the majority of the responsibility of

processing these scenes relinquished to the

evidence specialists, our investigators have

been free to proceed with other aspects of

their investigations that previously had to

be put off until investigators completed the

time-consuming process of documenting and

recovering evidence.


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Area I Patrol Districts

Hamakua District

Commander: Capt. Randy Apele / Capt. Mitchell Kanehailua Jr.

Area: 223 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 18

Hamakua Police ended the 2009-2010

fiscal year with a 29 percent increase

in burglaries, having 31 reported

burglaries compared with 24 the previous

fiscal year. Ten of the burglaries were cleared

for a clearance rate of 32 percent. Thefts were

down 24 percent from the previous year, and

the district had a 78 percent clearance rate for

theft cases. Traffic enforcement was a focal

point in the Hamakua District and, although

speeding enforcement was down compared

with the previous fiscal year, traffic collisions

remained the same, with no traffic fatalities

recorded for the year.

In September 2009, a man reported he

accepted a ride from another man. The

suspect demanded money from the victim.

After being told by the victim that

he did not have any, and while the victim

was attempting to leave, he was pinned by

the suspect's vehicle and assaulted. Upon

completion of the investigation, Hamakua

officers arrested the suspect on charges of

robbery, kidnapping, assault, and driving

without a license.

Between February and March of 2010,

Hamakua officers investigated several reports

of an unknown person entering into different

vehicles and removing items from within.

During the investigation, Hamakua officers

were able to identify the man. They apprehended

him for eight counts of unauthorized

entry into a motor vehicle, fraudulent use of

credit card, identity theft, and theft charges.

The cases were pending trial at the end of the

fiscal year.

Between March and June 2010, Hamakua

officers investigated reports of someone

entering into parked vehicles at residences.

Through a lengthy investigation, and with

the assistance of a Hilo detective and many

concerned community members, officers were

able to identify and apprehend a male suspect.

The man was arrested for escape, resisting arrest,

unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle,

burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card, identity

theft, forgery, and theft charges. Officers

were also able to refer additional cases found

to be committed by the same person to the

prosecutor's office. The cases were pending

trial at the end of the fiscal year.

This year also saw a change in district commanders

as newly promoted Captain Mitchell

Kanehailua Jr. replaced former commander

Randy Apele, who transferred to another

position, on April 16, 2010. The Hamakua

police captain also commands the neighboring

North Hilo District.

The North Hilo District at Ka'ala Gulch and the South Kohala District at Lakeland form the boundaries

of the Hamakua District. Its police station is located at 45-3400 Mamane Street, in Honoka'a Town.


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North Hilo District

Commander: Capt. Randy Apele / Capt. Mitchell Kanehailua Jr.

Area: 144 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 12

In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the North

Hilo District had a 27 percent decrease in

reported burglaries. Theft cases were also

down, having 34 reported cases compared

with 39 the previous year. Officers cleared

10 of the reported 34 cases, for a 29 percent

clearance rate.

The number of traffic citations decreased

34 percent over the previous fiscal year. The

district also logged 42 major traffic crashes,

the same number as the previous year. There

were no fatalities.

Laupahoehoe Point Park continues to host

community events, such as the Laupahoehoe

Music Festival held in February and the

Laupahoehoe Point Memorial event in


The Laupahoehoe Point Memorial

event brings the entire community together

for a poignant reminder of the

devastation caused by the 1946 tsunami.

Students from Laupahoehoe School contribute

to the park by doing beautification

projects after the ceremony. Police

officers from the district take part in the

event every year assisted by community

policing officers from Hilo.

In April 2010, North Hilo officers responded

to a reported break-in at the Laupahoehoe Train

Museum. Upon arrival, officers located an 18-

year-old man inside the museum and arrested

him. The investigation revealed that the man

had broken into the museum and damaged

some items. He was charged with burglary,

trespass, and criminal property damage.

This year also saw a change in district commanders

as newly promoted Captain Mitchell

Kanehailua Jr. replaced former commander

Randy Apele, who transferred to another

position, on April 16, 2010. The North Hilo

police captain also commands the neighboring

Hamakua District.

The Hamakua District at Ka'ala Gulch and the South Hilo District at Hakalau Gulch form the boundaries

of the North Hilo District. Its police station is located at 36-2285 Pu'ualaea Homestead Road, in

Laupahoehoe, just west of the 25-mile marker off Old Mamalahoa Highway.


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South Hilo Patrol

Commander: Captain Kenneth Vieira

Area: 635 square miles/Authorized sworn positions: 82

The South Hilo Patrol Division is responsible

for patrolling the 635 square

miles that comprise the South Hilo

District. The district's police station also

serves as headquarters for the Hawai'i Police

Department. Additionally, South Hilo patrol

officers and community policing officers operate

out of mini-stations located at Mooheau

Bus Terminal, Clem Akina Park, Holomua

Street, Waiakea-Uka Gym, and Richardson

Ocean Park.

The East Hawai'i Detention Center located

off the Hualalai Street entrance has housed

pre-arraignment detainees since July 8, 2003.

The Detention Center has 18 individual cells,

one observation cell, one padded cell, and two

large temporary holding cells. Two of the 18

individual cells are able to accommodate the

disabled. The staff of the Detention Center is

composed of five officers, a sergeant, and two

contracted security personnel per shift.

This district also ranks as the busiest in

calls for service and cases initiated by police

annually. South Hilo Patrol is staffed with

four lieutenants, seven sergeants, and 56

patrol officers.

During Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the Hawai'i

Police Department continued a partnership

with the State Department of Public Safety on

a program to reduce the large backlog of outstanding

bench warrants and other court documents.

The program used South Hilo Patrol

personnel and sheriffs from the Department of

Public Safety to create a bench warrant service

team. This program, along with focused efforts

of other South Hilo Patrol personnel, contributed

to the program being just as successful as

during the previous fiscal year. Police served

4,407 court documents during Fiscal Year

2009-2010, of which 1,657 were outstanding

bench warrants.

Also during this fiscal year, the number

of major traffic collisions in the South Hilo

District decreased by 124 accidents or 23

percent. This decrease is most significant as

it follows a decrease of 20 percent that was

realized during the previous fiscal year. The

District's officers contributed to this decline

using focused enforcement of speeding infractions

at targeted roadways and intersections

that were identified as having a high incidence

of major traffic accidents. During Fiscal Year

2009-2010, South Hilo patrol officers issued

13,869 traffic citations, of which 1,608 were

for speed-related infractions. South Hilo officers

sought to reduce injuries and enhance

highway safety by prioritizing enforcement

of seat belt infractions. During Fiscal Year

2009-2010, South Hilo officers issued 670

citations to individuals who chose not to wear

seat belts.

During this fiscal year, the communities

within the South Hilo District reported 302

burglaries, a decrease of 25 percent from the

previous year.

In efforts to increase the safety of the

public driving our roadways, officers of South

Hilo Patrol arrested 305 individuals for driving

under the influence, a 46 percent increase

from the previous year.

The South Hilo District occupies the area between the North Hilo District at Hakalau and the Puna

District at Papa'i. Its police station is located at 349 Kapi'olani Street.


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Puna District

Commander: Capt. Steven Guillermo / Capt. Samuel Jelsma

Area: 683 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 53

Fiscal year 2009-2010 was marked by

construction in the community. Late

2009 saw building projects under

way for both the Pahoa Police substation

and Woodlands Center, which is located

near the intersection of Kahakai Boulevard

and the Pahoa bypass highway. The center

houses a commercial drug store and several

restaurants and businesses.

On March 13, 2010, community policing

officers working under the Weed and Seed

project were partners in the Springtime Jam

2010, an alcohol- and drug-free family fun

day at the Pahoa Community Center. This

event lasted all day and featured local musicians,

a fashion show, and plenty of food

vendors serving ono food. A Keiki ID booth

was also set up to provide parents with an

opportunity to keep important identifying

information on their children on hand in case

of an emergency.

The lava flow that crossed over the Kalapana

Royal Gardens subdivision in 2008 continued

its flow into the ocean--an attraction that

drew thousands of spectators during visitation


On May 19, 2010, Puna Officer William

"Willie" Brown was recognized by the East

Hawai'i Aloha Exchange Club as "Officer of

the Year." As part of a burglary task force,

Officer Brown was honored for his outstanding

investigative skills that led to the arrest

of four suspects. Property was also recovered

in this rash of burglaries that had plagued

a Mountain View neighborhood. Officer

Brown was recognized for his dedication to

duty, which led to successes that enhanced

community confidence in the Hawai'i Police


The Puna District showed a downward

trend in certain crimes, with an 11 percent

reduction in burglaries, a 20 percent decline

in reported auto thefts, and a 16 percent

reduction in other thefts. There was also a

7 percent decline in the number of traffic

accidents reported. This may have been a

contributing factor in the reduced number

of traffic fatalities in the Puna District, down

from seven in 2009 to two in 2010. Drug

crimes showed a dramatic drop of 38 percent,

from 514 reported cases in fiscal year 2009

to 318 in 2010.

This year also saw District Commander

Steven Guillermo's 30-plus year career in law

enforcement end with his retirement on May

31. His command was assumed by Captain

Samuel Jelsma, who transferred from the

Kona Patrol Division.

The Puna District is situated between the South Hilo District at Papa'i and the Ka'u District at Keauhou

Landing. Its police station is located in Pahoa at 15-2615 Kea'au-Pahoa Road.


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Area II Patrol Districts

North Kohala District

Commander: Capt. Richard Miyamoto

Area: 123 square miles/authorized sworn positions: 15

The community of North Kohala

showed an increase in some crimes

during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

Reported burglaries rose from 28 reported

incidents to 39. Theft reports increased from

43 to 70 incidents and assaults rose from 24 to

36. Although the number of crimes reported

increased, the clearance rates remained about

the same as the previous year.

Traffic citations increased from 2,197 to

2,350 and may have attributed to the drop in

the total number of DUI arrest. Major traffic

accidents increased from 46 to 87, but none

resulted in a traffic fatality.

Our community policing officer continues

to work with the community on numerous

projects ranging from simple Keiki ID events

to the Kamehameha Day Parade. One of

his achievements is the culmination of the

first "Project Grad Night" event held for the

Kohala High School seniors. Almost every

member of the Senior Class attended the Grad

Night event. This all-night activity helps to

keep graduates safe on their graduation night.

Due to the event's success, plans and preparations

were under way at the end of the fiscal

year for the 2011 Project Grad Night.

The North Kohala station continues to

submit news articles to the Kohala Mountain

News publication. These articles seem to be

gaining in popularity. Feedback and interest

from the community have been positive.

Some of the most significant events that

occurred during the 2009-2010 fiscal year


The Police Department's community

meeting held at the North Kohala

Intergenerational Center, which gave the

community the opportunity to voice their

concerns directly to the police chief and his

command staff

The Kohala Reunion held during the

Fourth of July weekend at Kamehameha Park,

which attracted more than 2,000 visitors over

the weekend

The execution of a search warrant on a

home in Hawi, where officers arrested a man

and a woman and recovered 102 marijuana

plants, 340 grams of processed marijuana, 7

grams of hashish, growing equipment, and

$2,990 in cash

The North Kohala District is bounded by South Kohala at Kai'opae and Hamakua at Honopue. Its police

station is located behind the Kamehameha statue in Kapa'au at 54-3900 Akoni Pule Highway.


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South Kohala District

Commander: Capt. James Sanborn

Area: 688 square miles/Authorized sworn positions: 33The South Kohala District experienced

an increase in reported burglaries from

58 the previous year to 67. Given this

increase, the district realized a clearance rate

of 66 percent, which can be attributed to

some solid investigation by patrol officers and

Criminal Investigations Section personnel.

Our community policing officers took every

opportunity to raise the community's awareness

about home security measures and other

crime tidbits through the district's monthly

Neighborhood Watch newsletter.

Theft incidents took a slight decrease--from

318 in Fiscal Year 2008--2009 to 312 this fiscal

year. A clearance rate of 48 percent can be

attributed to investigative efforts on the part of

patrol officers.

A rash of unauthorized entry of motor vehicle

incidents plagued the district this fiscal year with

83 cases reported, compared with 78 during

Fiscal Year 2008--2009.

Reported sexual assault cases were down to

24 as compared with 37 cases reported during

the previous fiscal year. Continued collaboration

with the Area II Juvenile Aid Section and other

social agencies servicing the district may account

for this decrease.

Reducing major traffic collisions has been

an ongoing effort in South Kohala and enforcement

has once again reduced collisions during

this fiscal year (114) compared with Fiscal Year

2008--2009 (124).

A total of 6,132 citations were issued, of which

1,532 were for speeding violations, 389 for seat belt

violations, 49 for electronic device violations, and

738 for unsafe vehicle violations.

Officers participated in a number of community

events, projects, and outreach programs.

During this fiscal year, our officers continued

their participation in the Keiki ID program,

which remains a favorite of the preschools and

elementary schools in the district. Officers also

participated in health and safety fairs hosted

by area resorts and other agencies servicing the

South Kohala community.

The most significant events occurring during

Fiscal Year 2009-2010 were:

Several brushfires in the vicinity of

Kawaihae, Waikoloa, and PuakO, where

residents needed to evacuate

A robbery in the Waikoloa Resort area

resulting in the apprehension of a male

suspect who was arrested and charged (the

case was routed to the prosecutor's office)

Two robberies in the vicinity of Kawaihae

Road with a male suspect having shot

himself after the second incident

Fourteen incidents of unauthorized entries

into a motor vehicle in the vicinity of

Kamuela View Estates and the Waiaka

subdivision involving suspects from the

Hamakua district

The arrests of three juveniles involved in

burglaries at Waimea Elementary/Middle

School and Waikoloa Elementary School,

during which computers and other

electronic equipment were removed

The South Kohala District covers the area between the North Kohala District at Kiowa and the Kona

District at Kaua'i Point. Its police station is located at 67-5185 Kamamalu Street in Waimea.


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Kona Patrol

Commander: Capt. Chad Basque / Capt. Samuel Jelsma

Area: 834 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 78

During Fiscal Year 2009-2010, both

Captain Chad Basque and Captain

Samuel Jelsma were commanders

for the Kona District, each of them bringing

their leadership experience from community

policing principles and traffic enforcement


Kona patrol officers continue to use community

policing techniques and philosophy--a proactive

type of policing--together

with crime reduction projects, traffic enforcement

projects, and special enforcement units.

This type of proactive policing has made an

impact in reducing criminal activity and

increasing traffic awareness.

Kona patrol officers and special enforcement

units continue to focus on violations

that contribute to traffic accidents. Officers

initiated 592 DUI related cases compared

with 609 DUI related cases the previous fiscal

year. Patrol officers issued 2,915 speeding

citations compared with 2,775 the previous

fiscal year. This proactive approach to traffic

safety led to a reduction of major traffic collisions

from 344 in fiscal year 2008--2009 to

314 in fiscal year 2009-2010.

The community experienced a rash of

property crimes for fiscal year 2009-2010.

Burglaries increased slightly to 233 reports

compared with 210 for fiscal year

2008--2009; however, that figure is still

much lower than the 332 reports in fiscal

year 2006--2007. Other property crimes,

such as thefts, resulted in 1,034 reported cases

compared with 1,164 reported cases for fiscal

year 2008--2009. Police logged 157 reported

cases of unauthorized control of a propelled

vehicle (auto theft) compared with 132 the

previous year.

In June 2010, the Special Enforcement

Unit was established to address property

crimes, reccurring problems, and specific

community and department issues drawing

from various Area II Operations divisions,

such as Community Policing, Patrol, and

the Criminal Investigations Division. The

unit used community policing philosophies

and strategies to reduce calls for service to

patrol and improve community satisfaction

and quality of life.

The Special Enforcement Unit continuously

analyzed information obtained through

intelligence gathering provided from the

community, merchants, officers, and other

sources to identify and detect criminal trends

for early intervention--which is crucial in

curtailing crime.

Unit team members review all intelligence

and formulate proactive approaches to the

identified problems.

The Special Enforcement Unit then accelerates

investigations to identify criminal activities

and expedite the identification of persons who

may be responsible for these crimes. This strategy

minimizes the number of property crimes

committed by those persons.

The Kona district occupies the area between the South Kohala District at Waikoloa and the Ka'u

District at Kaulanamauna. Its main police station is in Kealakehe at 74-611 Hale Maka'i Place.


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Ka'u District

Commander: Capt. Andrew Burian

Area: 700 square miles / Authorized sworn position: 18

During Fiscal Year 2009-2010,

Ka'u officers investigated 75

major traffic accidents--a dramatic

decrease from the 109 investigated

in Fiscal Year 2008--2009. Along those

lines, DUI arrests rose by 31 percent and

the number of citations issued remained

steady at just under 3,400. As with years

past, the emphasis on traffic enforcement

was an attempt to curb traffic accidents

and make our roads safer.

Police officers were responsible for investigating

more than 1,300 incidents in

the Ka'u District. Officers investigated 61

burglaries--down from 75 the previous year.

The decline can be attributed to a number of

factors, not the least of which is the continuing

active Neighborhood Watch group in the

Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision.

Also contributing to this downward trend is

the continued emphasis on patrol and traffic

enforcement in higher crime areas and

partnerships with the community to raise

awareness about crime prevention methods

for protecting their property.

The most significant events occurring during

Fiscal Year 2009-2010 were:

In December 2009, Ka'u District officers

assisted Area II Vice officers in service of a

search warrant at a residence on Lokelani

Street in Na'alehu. This was in response to

community complaints of drug activity and

increased property crimes in that area. A

small quantity of crystal methamphetamine

and marijuana was recovered, as well as

drug paraphernalia. Seven suspects were arrested

and charged in connection with this


In May 2010, through the combined

efforts of Ka'u Patrol officers, Kona Patrol officers,

and Area II Vice officers, a male suspect

who was wanted for an outstanding warrant

of arrest connected to drug and firearm offenses

was located and arrested. The suspect

had been eluding police for several months.

Following the arrest, officers found probable

cause to recover the vehicle the suspect was in.

A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of

7.6 grams of heroin, 1.1 grams of morphine,

and related paraphernalia. The suspect was

subsequently arrested for numerous drug

related offenses.

Officer Dane Shibuya, a lifelong Ka'u

resident, is the community police officer

for the Ka'u District and continues to be

active in working with the community and

neighborhood watch organizations, as well

as assisting the community members in addressing

the problem of illegal dumping and

abandoned vehicle removal. He has done

an outstanding job in working to maintain

community satisfaction; he regularly

conducts Keiki ID, station tours, as well

as DARE classes for our youth.

The Ka'u District is bounded by the Kona District at Kaulanamaua and the Puna District at Keauhou

Landing. Its police station is located at 95-5353 Mamalahoa Highway in Na'alehu.


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Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU)

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is charged

with investigating traffic crashes involving

death or serious injury while conducting

traffic enforcement and training related to traffic

enforcement and investigation. It is staffed by a

sergeant and seven police officers.

In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, TEU investigated

25 fatal crashes that killed 29 people. All but

seven of those fatal crashes involved alcohol,

drugs or both. Alcohol alone was a factor in six

of the fatal crashes, drugs alone were a factor in

five, and a combination of drugs and alcohol

was a factor in seven. (The previous fiscal year, 25

people died in 24 crashes. That year, all but five of

the crashes involved alcohol, drugs or both.)

TEU officers conducted 84 DUI sobriety

checkpoints, arrested 393 drivers who were under

the influence of intoxicants, and conducted 95 seat

belt checkpoints.

The officers also issued 8,109 moving citations,

of which 4,994 were for speeding. They issued

4,346 regulatory citations and made 315 other


On September 24, 2009, Officer Andres Fojas

was recognized by the Aloha Exchange Club of

East Hawai'i as "Officer of the Month" for August.

Officer Fojas was recognized for arresting a man

who fled to avoid a DUI sobriety checkpoint in

Hilo on August 18. The man had drugs in the car

and paraphernalia associated with drug distribution.

He was charged with methamphetamine

trafficking, promoting dangerous drugs, and two

counts each of promoting a detrimental drug and

drug paraphernalia.

On May 6, 2010, the TEU received the

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawai'i 2010

Law Enforcement Award. The Traffic Enforcement

Unit was recognized--along with individual officers

from the Honolulu, Maui, and Kaua'i police

departments--for their outstanding work in the

prevention of impaired driving. The award was

presented at the 18th Annual Law Enforcement

& Youth Recognition Awards Ceremony held at

The Pacific Club in Honolulu.

On June 24, 2010, Officer Clarence Davies

was recognized by the Aloha Exchange Club of

East Hawai'i as "Officer of the Month" for June.

Officer Davies was recognized for his outstanding

DUI and traffic enforcement during the month

of April. He arrested 13 drivers for driving under

the influence and issued citations for 12 moving

violations stemming from the DUI arrests. He

also issued an additional 123 speeding citations,

59 moving citations, 15 unsafe vehicle citations,

82 regulatory citations, 23 seat belt citations, and

three child restraint citations.

Fatal Traffic Crashes

Alcohol related - 6

Drug related - 5

Drugs and alcohol -7

Not impaired - 7

Total - 25


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The following grants were funded by state or federal agencies during Fiscal Year


Click It or Ticket Basketball

To reduce fatalities and injuries to occupants aged 17 and under during motor vehicle collisions.

This was accomplished by improving awareness of state laws to increase the seat belt

usage rate of youths and teens ages 4-17.


To administer the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) curriculum in participating

private and public schools.

DATA Grant

To establish a statewide traffic data system and ensure compliance with national


Hawai'i Impact

To combat the methamphetamine ("ice") drug problem in the County of Hawai'i by conducting

various sting operations.

Hawai'i Narcotics Task Force

To assist with the interdiction of drugs within the County of Hawai'i via the apprehension/

arrest/conviction of individuals smuggling narcotics into/within/out of the County of



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OHA Grant

To train and educate patrol officers in the areas of cultural awareness, crisis intervention,

homelessness, and mental illness.

Roadblock Grant

To reduce the number of alcohol-related fatalities and injuries, increase public awareness, and

provide a constant deterrence against impaired driving.

Seat Belt Enforcement Grant

To reduce fatalities and injuries to front-seat and rear-seat occupants aged 17 and under by

increasing the usage rate of seat belts.

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training

To improve Hawai'i County's ability to respond to violent crimes against women--primarily

sexual assault--with associated intimate partner violence, physical abuse, and homicide with

improved medical and forensic examination services.

Speed Enforcement Grant

To reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions resulting in injuries and fatalities caused

by speeding drivers.

Statewide Marijuana Eradication

To assist with the interdiction of drugs within the County of Hawai'i via the apprehension/arrest/

conviction of the individual smuggling narcotics into/within the County of Hawai'i.

Traffic Investigations

To reduce the number of alcohol-related fatalities and injuries, increase public awareness, and

provide a constant deterrence against drunk driving.


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Victims Service Coordinator

To hire a Victims Services Coordinator to service the ongoing needs of victims of domestic

violence/sexual assault while the cases remain under investigation.

Aggressive Driving

To reduce fatalities and injuries, increase public awareness, and provide a constant deterrence

against aggressive driving.

Evidence Specialist

To fund two evidence specialist positions who will be trained in the latest techniques of crime

scene investigations.

SAFE Standby

To improve Hawai'i County's response to violent sex crimes, physical abuse, and crimes of

violence against women.

Specialized Detectives Standby Pay

To improve Hawai'i County's ability to respond to violent crimes against women by funding

the standby detectives investigating those crimes.


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The following are the budget figures for Fiscal Year 2009-2010:

Personnel Services

$ 34,170,947

$ 3,531,920

Salaries and wages, straight time

Salaries and wages, other

Other current expenses

Contractual services

Materials and supplies

Other charges


Miscellaneous accounts

Grants funded


$ 8,259,485

$ 2,769,229

$ 562,314

$ 147,959

$ 768,200

$ 2,324,125



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Personnel Changes

New Hires

Aaron P. Abalos, Police Officer I

Michael L. Abran, Police Officer I

Clifford B. Antonio, Police Officer I

Jennifer M. Balderas, Police Radio

Dispatcher I

Steven J. Burkey, Police Officer I

Josiah S. Coe, Police Officer I

Alva J. Curry, School Crossing


Kaeo J. Drummondo, Police Officer I

Raynette P. Fukui, Accountant III

Justin A. Gaspar, Police Officer I

Cory A. Gray, Police Officer I

Donovan L. Hegarty, Police Officer I

LeAnn M. Kajiyama, Clerk III

Corey M. Kaneko, Police Officer I

Gregg A. Karonis, Police Officer II

Bradden T. Kimura, Police Officer I

May M. Lee, Police Officer I

Gene E. Maluyo Sr., School Crossing


Irvin E. Molcilio, School Crossing


Amy C. Masuyama, Police Radio

Dispatcher I

Kupono L. Mata, Police Officer I

Blayne M. Matsui, Police Officer I

Michael W. Matsumura, Police Officer I

Daniel Murray, Police Officer I

Shea L. A. Nactor, Police Officer I

Clive H. Okino, Police Officer I

Stephen J. Parker, Police Officer I

Blake M. Ragocos, Police Officer I

Jeremy M. Riddle, Police Officer I

Peter K. Roan, Police Officer I

Adrian C. Ruiz, Police Officer I

Michael K. Rutkowski, Police Officer I

Larry C. Schuldt, School Crossing


Tara L. Thornhill, Police Radio

Dispatcher I

Aron M. M. Tomota, Police Officer I

Gabriel D. Wilson, Police Officer I

Brett P. Winther, Police Officer I

Helene M. Wright-Setterfield, School

Crossing Guard

Danton K. Zimmermann, Police

Officer I


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Randy Apele, Major

Akira E. Edmoundson, Sergeant

Reynold H. Kahalewai, Sergeant

Mitchell Kanehailua Jr., Captain

Cory L. Koi, Sergeant

Sonya A. Taosaka-Kelii, Records Clerk

Marvin K. Troutman, Sergeant

Michael K. Riviera, Sergeant


Officer Gregorio Antolin

Officer Aubrey K. Auna

Sergeant Benton P. Bolos

Officer Michael A. DeCoito

Major John E. Dawrs

Officer Vance Z. Fujii

Captain Steven Guillermo

Officer Charles K. Keliipio

Police Operations Clerk Janice Kualii

Officer George R. Menino III

Police Evidence Custodian Dennis

H. Nojiri

Dispatcher Jarnell K. L. Osborn

Captain Duane J. Rapoza

Police Investigative Operations Clerk

Judith A. Taggerty


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Total Index Crime Rate, Hawaii County, 200-2009

2000 - 4,231

2001 - 4,593

2002 - 4,481

2003 - 4,561

2004 - 3,909

2005 - 5,030

2006 - 3,949

2007 - 3,680

2008 - 3,376

2009 - 3,535

Rate per 100,000 population

Percent of Index Crimes Cleared since 2000

2000 - 26.6

2001 - 24.1

2002 - 22.6

2003 - 21.2

2004 - 20.2

2005 - 17.8

2006 - 19.0

2007 - 20.8

2008 - 22.6

2009 - 23.1

Index Crimes - Murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. However, due to a different method of counting, arson is not included in the totals of reported Index Offenses and Index & Part II Offenses.

From 2008 to 2009:

Reported Index Crimes increased 4.7% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

The Index Crime rate declined 18.2%.

In 2009, of the 6,211 Index Offenses reported:

Property crimes accounted for 92.5% (5,743).

Violent crimes accounted for 7.5% (468).

Hawaii County's total Index Crime rate in 2009 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Violent Crime Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 159

2001 - 182

2002 - 143

2003 - 189

2004 - 182

2005 - 286

2006 - 253

2007 - 260

2008 - 251

2009 - 266

Percent of Violent Index Crimes Cleared since 2000

2000 - 87.8

2001 - 74.7

2002 - 71.5

2003 - 62.4

2004 - 50.3

2005 - 55.0

2006 - 51.7

2007 - 53.1

2008 - 51.2

2009 - 53.2

Violent Crimes - Murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

From 2008 to 2009:

The rate of reported violent crimes increased 6.2%

comparing 2009 to 2000:

The violent crime rate increased 67.1%

In 2009, of 468 violent crimes reported:

Aggravated assault accounted for 70.5% (330).

Robbery accounte for 14.3% (67).

Forcible rape accoutned for 14.1% (66).

Murder accounted for 1.1% (5).

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Murder Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 2.7

2001 - 5.3

2002 - 3.2

2003 - 3.8

2004 - 1.9

2005 - 3.0

2006 - 2.3

2007 - 2.9

2008 - 2.3

2009 - 2.8

Rate per 100,000 population

Percent of Murders Cleared since 2000

2000 - 100.0

2001 - 75.0

2002 - 100.0

2003 - 66.7

2004 - 66.7

2005 - 60.0

2006 - 100.0

2007 - 80.0

2008 - 100.0

2009 - 60.0

Murder - The willful killing of one human being by another.

From 2008 to 2009:

The rate of reported murders increased 25.1% (5 murders were reported in 2009, versus 4 reported in 2008).

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

The murder rate increased 5.8%.

In 2009, of the 5 murders reported:

Firearms were involved in 60.0% (3).

Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) were involved in 20.0% (1).

Other/unknown weapons were involved in 20.0% (1)

Hawaii County's murder rate in 2009 was the highest in the state of Hawaii.

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Forcible Rape Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 35.6

2001 - 44.7

2002 - 22.6

2003 - 30.7

2004 - 54.1

2005 - 10.9

2006 - 38.0

2007 - 44.5

2008 - 44.4

2009 - 37.6

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Forcible Rapes Cleared since 2000

2000 - 96.2

2001 - 82.4

2002 - 62.9

2003 - 83.3

2004 - 30.2

2005 - 66.7

2006 - 46.2

2007 - 42.9

2008 - 43.6

2009 - 21.2

Forcible Rape - The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Assaults or attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force are included.

From 2008 to 2009:

Reported forcible rapes decreased 15.3% in rate

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

The forcible rape rate increased 5.4%.

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Robbery Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 36.3

2001 - 41.4

2002 - 31.0

2003 - 49.2

2004 - 33.3

2005 - 56.5

2006 - 51.4

2007 - 58.9

2008 - 41.5

2009 - 38.1

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Robberies Cleared since 2000

2000 - 51.9

2001 - 54.0

2002 - 45.8

2003 - 45.5

2004 - 47.2

2005 - 39.8

2006 - 29.5

2007 - 39.2

2008 - 34.2

2009 - 41.8

Robbery - The takin gor attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control f a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

From 2008 to 2009:

Reported robberies decreased 8.2% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

The robbery rate increased 5.0%

in 2009, of the 67 robberies reported:

Strongarm (hands, fists, feet, etc.) robbery accounted for 65.7% (44).

Other dangerous weapons were involved in 14.9% (10).

Firearms were involved in 11.9% (8).

Knives or cutting instruments were involved in 7.5% (5).

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Aggravated Assault Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 84.7

2001 - 90.7

2002 - 85.9

2003 - 104.9

2004 - 93.0

2005 - 215.7

2006 - 161.2

2007 - 153.7

2008 - 162.7

2009 - 187.8

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Aggravated Assaults Cleared since 2000

2000 - 99.2

2001 - 80.4

2002 - 82.0

2003 - 64.0

2004 - 62.8

2005 - 58.3

2006 - 59.4

2007 - 60.9

2008 - 57.0

2009 - 61.8

Aggravated Assault - the unlawful attack or attempted attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. this type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

From 2008 to 2009

Reported aggravated assaults increased 15.4% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

The aggravated assault rate increased 121.6%.

In 2009, of the 330 reported aggravated assaults:

Strongarm (hands, fists, feet, etc.) accounted for 40.0% (132).

Other dangerous weapons were involved in 36.4% (120).

Knives or other utting instruments were involved in 15.8% (52).

Firearms were involved in 7.9% (26).

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Property Crime Rate, Hawaii county, 2000-2009

2000 - 4,162

2001 - 4,411

2002 - 4,338

2003 - 4,373

2004 - 3,727

2005 - 4,744

2006 - 3,696

2007 - 3,420

2008 - 3,125

2009 - 3,269

Rate per 100,00 Population

Percent of Index Property Crimes Cleared since 2000

2000 - 24.2

2001 - 22.0

2002 - 21.0

2003 - 19.4

2004 - 18.7

2005 - 15.6

2006 - 16.8

2007 - 18.3

2008 - 20.3

2009 - 20.6

Property crimes - Burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime; however, due to a different method of counting, it is not included in the totals of property crimes, Index Crimes, and total Index & Part II Offenses.

From 2008 to 2009:

Reported property crimes increased 4.6% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

The property crime rate decreased 21.5%

In 2009, of the 5,743 property crimes reported:

Larceny-theft accounted for 67.1% (3,855).

burglary accounted for 24.6% (1,415).

Motor vehicle theft accounted for 8.2% (473).

Hawaii County's property crime rate in 2009 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Burglary Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 975

2001 - 1,011

2002 - 994

2003 - 919

2004 - 730

2005 - 1,116

2006 - 833

2007 - 798

2008 - 687

2009 - 805

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percentage of Burglaries Cleared since 2000

2000 - 21.0

2001 - 18.1

2002 - 15.7

2003 - 17.4

2004 - 16.3

2005 - 11.1

2006 - 12.6

2007 - 12.3

2008 - 11.4

2009 - 11.6

Burglary - The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Attempted burglary

is included.

From 2008 to 2009:

-Reported burglaries increased 17.2% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

-The burglary rate decreased 17.4%.

In 2009, of the 1,415 burglaries and attempted burglaries reported:

-Burglary accounted for 96.0% (1,359).

-Attempted burglary accounted for 4.0% (56).

In 2009, of the 1,359 burglaries that were reported:

-Structures entered by force accounted for 57.2% (777).

-Structures entered without force accounted for 42.8% (582).

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2009). Crime in Hawaii, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.


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Larceny-Theft Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 2,929

2001 - 3,075

2002 - 3,012

2003 - 3,149

2004 - 2,725

2005 - 3,167

2006 - 2,508

2007 - 2,309

2008 - 2,159

2009 - 2,194

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Larceny-Thefts Cleared since 2000

2000 - 24.0

2001 - 22.7

2002 - 22.4

2003 - 19.6

2004 - 19.7

2005 - 15.5

2006 - 17.6

2007 - 19.9

2008 - 23.5

2009 - 24.1

Larceny-theft - The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the

possession or constructive possession of another.

From 2008 to 2009:

-Reported larceny-thefts increased 1.6% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

The larceny-theft rate decreased 25.1%.

Hawaii County's larceny-theft rate in 2009 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.

Larceny-Theft Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Motor Vehicle Theft Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 258.3

2001 - 324.2

2002 - 331.4

2003 - 305.0

2004 - 271.6

2005 - 461.2

2006 - 355.2

2007 - 313.2

2008 - 278.8

2009 - 269.2

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Motor Vehicle Thefts Cleared since 2000

2000 - 38.8

2001 - 27.2

2002 - 24.2

2003 - 23.5

2004 - 15.7

2005 - 26.9

2006 - 21.1

2007 - 21.4

2008 - 17.3

2009 - 19.7

Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

From 2008 to 2009:

-Reported motor vehicle thefts decreased 3.4% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

-The motor vehicle theft rate increased 4.2%.

In 2009, of the 473 motor vehicle thefts reported:

-Autos accounted for 40.0% (189).

-Other vehicles accounted for 35.9% (170). Included in this category are motorcycles,

mopeds, and golf carts.

-Trucks and buses accounted for 24.1% (114). Included in this category are pickup

trucks and vans.

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.


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Arson Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 - 30.3

2001 - 28.9

2002 - 31.7

2003 - 30.7

2004 - 27.0

2005 - 19.4

2006 - 29.2

2007 - 45.6

2008 - 38.1

2009 - 15.9

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Arsons Cleared since 2000

2000 - 17.8

2001 - 6.8

2002 - 14.3

2003 - 16.7

2004 - 4.7

2005 - 15.6

2006 - 24.0

2007 - 20.3

2008 - 17.9

2009 - 21.4

Arson - Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a

dwelling, house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

From 2008 to 2009:

-Reported arsons decreased 58.2% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:

-The arson rate decreased 47.3%.

Source--Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai'i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

State of Hawai'i: Department of the Attorney General.

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