Hawai’i Police Department
Office of the Chief
Harry S. Kubojiri
January 27, 2011
The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i recognized Officer Joseph Passmore on Thursday (January 28) as “Officer of the Month” for January.
Passmore was honored for solving an unreported burglary while thoroughly investigating another burglary.
In November, Passmore, a Puna patrol officer who also works as a Field Training Officer, was assigned to investigate a burglary in Kea’au. During a search of the suspect’s house, Passmore initially found all the stolen items except a firearm. He persisted in his search until he uncovered the carefully hidden weapon.
While in the house, Officer Passmore observed professional sound equipment that seemed out of place. By using his community contacts, he determined that the items had been stolen from a private school, although school officials had only been aware that sheet metal was missing. Further investigation led to the recovery of the sheet metal.
“Officer Passmore’s keen investigative skills resulted in not only one burglary being solved but also solving a separate unrelated additional burglary before it was even reported, ” said Sergeant Darrel Huston, who nominated Passmore for the honor. “His diligence also resulted in finding a firearm which could have been used in a future crime.”
As “Officer of the Month,” Passmore is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”
The East Hawaii “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of Hilo.