Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Chief Harry S. Kubojiri
The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Jenny Lee on Thursday (February 26) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for February.
Lee was honored for her bravery during a 2 a.m. incident at the Hilo police cellblock on January 11. Lee and another officer were attempting to move an unruly prisoner to the padded cell, when he attacked them, removed Lee’s conducted electrical weapon (commonly referred to as a “Taser”) and fired it at her.
Despite her injuries, Officer Lee maintained control of the prisoner and stayed on the job through the duration of her shift.
“Officer Lee was relentless in not giving the prisoner any chance to move any further within the detention facility and was able to overcome a prisoner who is believed to have mental and substance abuse issues,” said Lieutenant James Gusman in nomination papers. “Other officers assisted in controlling the prisoner but it was Officer Lee’s quick actions and brave efforts which prevented any further escalation of force upon the prisoner or officers.”
As “Officer of the Month,” Lee is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”
The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.