- Community Policing Responsibilities
- School Resource Officers
- Contact Information
- How to Organize a Neighborhood or Business Watch Program
- Other Programs
- Home Invasion Prevention Tips
- “I Am Neighborhood Watch”
To form a partnership with the community in order to create a safe and secure environment.
Community Police Officers are responsible for developing partnerships within the community in an effort to create a safe and secure environment. This can be accomplished through community mobilization, crime prevention efforts and problem solving (i.e., Neighborhood Watch, Citizen Patrol, etc.). Through mobilization, Community Police Officers can facilitate a community’s efforts to create positive changes within their neighborhood.
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program was established on the Big Island in 2003. It is a collaborative effort by law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community to offer law-related educational programs in the schools in an effort to reduce crime, drug abuse, violence and provide a safe school environment.
The SROs deal with crime on campus, teach informative classes to students, provide law related counseling and are liaisons between the school and the Police Department. Most important, they are positive role models.
These are the SROs and their assigned schools:
Hilo Intermediate School
Officer Bryan Tina
Waiākea Intermediate School
Officer Nelson Acob
Honokaʻa Middle School
Officer Aaron Yamanaka
Pahoa High and Intermediate School
Konawaena Middle School
Officer Wyattlane Nahale
Kealakehe Intermediate School
Officer Paul Mangus
The HI-PAL program was established on the Big Island in 1980. It provides social and athletic activities for the youth of Hawaiʻi between the ages of 5 and 17.
HI-PAL officers are responsible for coordinating HI-PAL activities year round and island wide. Along with the assistance of the community, these officers provide positive activities in a safe environment that teaches moral and social values, such as sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork, respect for authority, self discipline and the benefits of hard work, while having fun.
Learn more on our HI-PAL page.
Community Policing Coordinators
Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo, Puna
Lieutenant John Briski 961-2350
North Kohala, South Kohala, Kona, Kaʻu
Sergeant Floyd Richards 326-4646, Ext. 259
Community Policing Officers
South Hilo 961-8121
Officer Nicole Leyson
Officer Frank Mojica
Officer William Brown
Officer Robert Panem
Officer Zachary Fernando
Officer Blaine Morishita
Kona 326-4646, Ext. 290
Officer Darren Cho
Officer Bryan Ellis
Officer Elsworth Fontes
Officer Tyler Prokopec
Officer Joseph Stender
South Kohala 887-3080, 883-0092
Officer Kristi Crivello
Officer Brent Foster
Officer Denise Smith
North Kohala 889-6540
Officer John Kahalioumi
Residents or businesses using the following steps can organize a Neighborhood or Business Watch Program:
- Contact between law enforcement (Community Policing) and the neighborhood or business begins the process. The Community Police officer can provide information and offer guidance to all interested parties on how to set up the program.
- The group will be asked to conduct a survey as a means of determining community problems and/or major issues of interest to the community.
- The interested group is asked to host a meeting to:
- Review identified problems.
- Focus on crime issues in the neighborhood or business area.
- Help the community develop strategies to deal with identified problems or issues.
- Select a Coordinator and Block Captains.
- Schedule the next meeting and develop plans for future meetings.
Has your home or business been burglarized? Have you been a victim of theft on numerous occasions? If so, you may wish to have a Community Police Officer advise you by conducting a home or business security check. These checks are conducted as a means of providing preventive measures that hopefully will lessen your chances of being victimized again. Community Police Officers are knowledgeable in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. By preparing your environment properly, you can make your home or business safer.
Community-Traffic Awareness Partnership (C-TAP)
The Community-Traffic Awareness Partnership program is an activity involving a partnership with the police and communities to educate and encourage safe driving within designated neighborhoods. Community members hold signs warning motorists of the dangers of speeding in their neighborhood. A “Speed Board” display is used by the police to show motorists how fast they are going. Police will follow up weeks later with actual enforcement to ensure that motorists comply with the speed limit.
Problem solving is one of the core components of community policing. The Hawaiʻi County Police Department encourages problem solving with communities in order to improve the quality of life and create safe and secure neighborhoods. Whether it is a traffic, criminal or nuisance problem, Community Policing Officers facilitate change within communities through the use of the SARA model of problem solving (Scan, Analyze, Response, Assessment). Through this method, communities can focus on the root causes of the problem, and be part of the solution. By working with the police, they have a direct impact on what types of solutions are implemented to solve problems and improve the quality of life within their communities.
The Keiki I.D. program was created in 1998 through a partnership between Chevron and the Hawaiʻi Police Department. It is a free community service program that provides parents with a laminated identification card that is used as a tool to relocate children in the event a child becomes lost or goes missing. The Keiki I.D. includes a recent picture of the keiki, address, phone number, physician information and the child’s left and right thumb print. All this information has proven to be beneficial in finding a missing keiki in the critical moments following separation from a parent or guardian. None of the information on the card is retained by police or kept in a database.
For information on other activities undertaken by the Community Policing Section, you may call the South Hilo office at (808) 961-2350 or the Kona office at (808) 326-4287.
For information on other programs, see section on Community Relations.
Home invasion is the residential version of automobile carjacking. Most home invasions occur at nights and on weekends when homes are more likely to be occupied. The people committing this type of crime rarely work alone and rely on an overwhelming physical confrontation to gain control and instill fear in their victims.
The same tactics used to prevent burglaries will go a long way toward preventing incidents of forced entry home invasion. If home invaders can be delayed at the point of entry, then there’s a chance of deterring them and being able to call police.
Here are some prevention tips to consider:
- Have a solid-core door for all entrance points.
- Use a quality, heavy-duty deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt.
- Use a quality, heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism.
- Use a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with three-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame.
- Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors.
- Use anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws.
- Use highly visible alarm decals and beware of dog decals or neighborhood watch decals.
- Secure all accessible windows with secondary blocking devices.
- Make sure someone cannot reach through an open window to unlock a door or remove a blocking device.
- Use anti-lift devices to prevent the window from being lifted out.
- Secure windows at night and, if need be, leave only a slight opening for ventilation purposes.
- Get to know your adjacent neighbors.
- Agree to watch out for each others home.
- Use motion sensor lights near or around key entry points.
- Use good lighting along pathways to and from main entry points.
- Make sure any exterior lighting allows for 10-foot visibility.
- Make sure your alarm system has an audible horn or bell to be effective.
- Instruct your neighbors how to respond to your alarm should it become activated.
- Be sure to activate your alarm system before leaving home or before retiring for the evening.
- Identify your valuables by engraving objects with a set of numbers that only you would know, make a list of the items and their numbers and keep the list in a safe deposit box or somewhere in your home.
- Photograph items of value.
- Photocopy the contents of your wallet and other important documents.
- Do not keep the PIN for your credit cards or debit cards in the same place.
The best defense against home invasion type crimes is education and planning. Have a security plan devised so that there are escape routes out of your residence or a safe location within your home. This location should have a telephone so that you are able to alert the police. If an escape route is part of your plan, make sure that everyone in the household knows where to run and what to say.
If your home is invaded, be sure to keep a cool head. Do not scream, yell out, cry or attempt any violent confrontation. Do not attempt to run or escape unless you can do so without getting hurt or caught. Do exactly as you are told — nothing more or nothing less. Do not volunteer information unless asked to do so. Without being obvious, take some time to remember the best possible description of the suspects. Remember, safety for yourself and family is paramount in this situation.
To request a home security check, call Lieutenant Jason Cortez, community policing coordinator, at 961-2350.
I am S.A.R.A., a problem-solving model and CPTED, an environmental approach to crime prevention. I am committed to making Hawaiʻi a nice place to live! Be proud, be great, be still, and know I AM A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH.
By Lieutenant James Sanborn
(Taken from a presentation given on April 27, 2002, at the “Solutions 2002: Neighborhoods in Action” Conference.)
I AM A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH. My birth certificate is the date a community decides to have me. I am basically conceived to provide citizens an opportunity to address crime and the fear of crime that threatens their community’s well being. Today’s lifestyles can contribute to community isolation and weaken civic ties.
I am the opportunity for you and your neighbors to prevent or break this cycle, and in the process build your community into a safer, friendlier, and nice place to live.
I am a strategy that can be used for many things and involve lots of people. I have been successful in the communities of Leilani Estates, Ocean View, Kaumana Caves, and Kealakehe, to name a few. I can be found in rural areas, subdivisions, cul-de-sacs, agricultural areas, towns and cities. I am a strong and committed group of citizens wherever I am! I search for a “safe and secure” environment in every program or project I undertake and I am busy at this very moment building a better tomorrow today!!
I am a meeting at a government facility, church, school, business, or in someone’s home, built with love and sweat. I am a farmer, a salesman, a retiree, a Christian, a Buddhist, a grandparent, a senior citizen, a teenager, and someone who’s trying to be a contributing member of society after having chosen the wrong path in life.
I am a letter to a Council member, government agency, business, or neighbor pleading for assistance to address a problem impacting the community’s quality of life. I am growing through all that I undertake.
I am never a loser!! I am about roles and responsibilities, communication, planning, training, mobilization, and seeking out resources. I am neighborhood and park cleanups, teen dances, home security checks, finding solutions to traffic problems, collecting toys, clothing and food items for the homeless, organizing after-school activities, helping crime victims, reclaiming playground areas from drug dealers, and task forces that influence policy-makers.