Hawai‘i Police Department
Captain Scott Amaral
Phone: (808) 965-2716
For his determined efforts and collaborative approach tracking down criminal suspects who had assaulted hikers in Keaau, Puna Community Policing Officer (CPO) Eddie Cardines was recognized by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i as Officer of the Month for July during a ceremony at the Pahoa Police Station on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
Community Policing Officer (CPO) Eddie Cardines, a 14-year veteran of the department, was honored for his outstanding problem solving skills and his ability to coordinate a community-based response to numerous robberies, unauthorized entry into motor vehicles, and auto thefts in the Hawaiian Paradise Park (HPP) subdivision.
On Sunday, June 20, 2021 a robbery occurred on the Shipman Trailhead in Keaau during which the suspect jumped out of the brush and used a bat/pipe to strike the victim and steal their belongings.
Three weeks later on Wednesday, July 14, a robbery occurred on the Shipman Trailhead where the suspect jumped out of the brush and pepper sprayed the victim, stole their bags, which contained their vehicle keys, ran to the parking lot, and stole their vehicle.
The crimes took place on property owned by multiple entities, including Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision, W.H. Shipman Ltd., and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).
CPO Cardines organized a joint agency HPD-DLNR reconnaissance mission of the trail areas and learned that the robbery suspects were possibly camping along the coast. He also conducted a meeting with community members from HPP and W.H. Shipman Ltd., updating them on the investigation and discussing how the community and police could work together to reduce crime in the area.
On Thursday, July 22, CPO Cardines and the task force he created hit the trails in the early morning darkness to locate the suspects. Upon arriving at the campsite, they found a male and female who were both placed under arrest for various criminal offenses. Later that morning the male robbery suspect was located and placed under arrest.
After conferring with the County Prosecutors Office, detectives charged one of the male suspects with two counts of first-degree robbery (during emergency proclamation), three counts of third-degree assault, second-degree theft, third-degree theft, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle (UCPV), and unauthorized possession of personal confidential information. His bail was set at $30,000.
The other male suspect was charged with UCPV and as a habitual property crime offender. His bail was set at $20,000.
CPO Cardines used his problem solving skills and brought law enforcement and community members to the table to address their concerns. The task force accomplished its mission by arresting criminals that were plaguing lower Puna and other parts of Hawai‘i Island. He exemplifies the community policing mission statement which states, “the police will form partnerships with the community in order to create a safe and secure environment.”
Every month the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i honors a police officer in East Hawaii as their officer of the month. Officers are nominated by their supervisors from the police districts in Area I, including Hāmākua, North Hilo, South Hilo, and Puna districts, and a winner is selected.
All officers selected for Officer of the Month are eligible to be selected as the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i Officer of the Year.
Pictured is Community Policing Officer Eddie Cardines and James Sanborn of Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i.