Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Chief Harry S. Kubojiri
The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Bradden Kimura as “Officer of the Month” for December in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (December 2) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.
Kimura, a Kona Patrol officer, was honored for his efforts that led to the recovery of a stolen handgun believed to be used in the commission of multiple crimes in Kona.
At 5:20 a.m. on August 21, Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of vehicle break-ins at a condominium complex in Kailua-Kona. One of the victims reported that one of the four suspects had threatened her with a handgun.
After obtaining descriptions of the suspects and the stolen vehicle they were using, police located them several hours later at another condominium complex in Kailua-Kona. The man suspected of brandishing the firearm earlier attempted to flee carrying a backpack. During a short foot chase, Officer Kimura observed him to abandon the backpack. The backpack was later found to contain the gunman’s identification and a loaded .45-caliber handgun, which had been stolen during a burglary.
Sergeant Mekia Rose noted that the investigation was part of a team effort but added that Kimura was chosen for the award because a stolen weapon in the possession of a known criminal has been taken off the streets because of Kimura’s observations and actions. “A recovery such as this one makes our community a safer place to live, work and visit,” Rose wrote in nomination papers.
As “Officer of the Month,” Kimura is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”
The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.