Hawai’i Police Department
Office of the Chief
Harry S. Kubojiri
May 27, 2010
The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i recognized South Hilo Patrol Officer Joseph Feliciano on Thursday (May 27) as “Officer of the Month” for May.
Feliciano solved a rash of crimes when he linked two car break-ins a month apart by dusting both vehicles for fingerprints. That led to the identity of the suspect, who is now in jail awaiting trial on numerous crimes, including multiple car break-ins, auto thefts and burglaries.
“Dusting for fingerprints is a tedious process,” said Sergeant Allan Watanabe, who nominated Feliciano for the award. “This fact did not deter Feliciano, a 25-year veteran, from doing a thorough investigation. Officer Feliciano’s unrelenting loyalty to his profession and his community has made it possible to enact further justice on a public menace.”
As “Officer of the Month,” Feliciano 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.