2014-2015 Annual Report (HTML)

Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2014–2015

Hawaiʻi Police Department
County of Hawaiʻi


Mission Statement/Vision Statement/Core Values ……………………………. 2
Letter from the Police Chief …………………………………………………………….. 3
Letter from the Police Commission Chair………………………………………….. 4
Hawaiʻi County Police Commission ………………………………………………….. 5
Special Response Team (SRT) …………………………………………………………. 6
Community Policing………………………………………………………………………… 7
Organization Chart………………………………………………………………………… 10
Photos of Police Administration ……………………………………………………… 11
Office of Professional Standards/Criminal Intelligence Unit ……………… 12
Administrative Bureau……………………………………………………………………. 14
Operations Bureaus ………………………………………………………………………. 18
Criminal Investigations Divisions……………………………………………………. 19
Area I Patrol Districts ……………………………………………………………………. 26
Area II Patrol Districts …………………………………………………………………… 30
Traffic Enforcement Unit………………………………………………………………… 33
Grants ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 34
Budget ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
Personnel Changes ………………………………………………………………………… 38
Statistical Tables & Charts………………………………………………………………. 40

Cover Flag design by Danielle Amon-Wilkins

Mission Statement

The employees of the Hawaiʻi Police Department are committed to preserving the Spirit of Aloha. We will work cooperatively with the community to enforce the laws, preserve peace, and provide a safe environment.

Vision Statement

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of police service and forming partnerships with the community to achieve public satisfaction making the Big Island a safe place to live, visit, and conduct business.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Compassion
  • Teamwork
  • Community Satisfaction

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Police Department
County of Hawaiʻi

2014 –2015 Annual Report

Hawaiʻi County Police Commission
County of Hawaiʻi
Aupuni Center
101 Pauahi Street, Suite 9
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720

Dear Commissioners:

In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, as in previous years, the Hawaiʻi Police Department followed its mission to work cooperatively with the community to enforce the laws, preserve peace, and provide a safe environment.

This fiscal year, nature presented additional challenges. In August 2014, Tropical Storm Iselle damaged homes, toppled power lines and left thousands of residents, mostly in Puna, without water or refrigeration. In addition to regular police duties, officers helped distribute water and ice to residents in need and increased patrols to discourage looting. Then, before normalcy could be restored, lava threatened to cross Highway 130, isolate Puna residents and cause the Pāhoa police station to become inaccessible to some of the citizens it serves. The department made contingency plans and participated in weekly meetings designed to update the public about what appeared at the time to be an imminent disaster.

Also this fiscal year, our officers made Active Shooter presentations in Waimea, Kona, Nāʻālehu, Laupāhoehoe, North Kohala and Puna to help individuals learn how to increase their survivability should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violent incident.

Additionally, the department reached out to our kupuna by holding community meetings in Kona, South Kohala, Hilo and Puna in a multi-agency presentation addressing Medicare and securities fraud prevention, prescription drug misuse prevention, medical identity theft, and tips on how to secure homes to prevent burglaries and thefts. We also partnered with the State of Hawaiʻi Narcotics Enforcement Division and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration to accept and safely dispose of unused or expired prescription medication.

Community interactions like these, in conjunction with Community Policing operations throughout the island, help us stay in touch with the needs of our community.

I am honored to oversee the men and women of the Hawaiʻi Police Department as we continue to develop partnerships with the community so we can work together to keep you safe.

Harry S. Kubojiri
Hawaiʻi Police Department

Hawaiʻi County
Police Commission

The Honorable William P. Kenoi
Mayor, County of Hawaiʻi
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720

Dear Mayor Kenoi:

During the year, the Hawaiʻi Police Commission held its monthly meetings in Hilo, Kona, and Waimea in order to accommodate the public.
We had the privilege of attending various community functions, including monthly police commanders meetings, recruit graduation and police week ceremonies. We attended the State of Hawaiʻi Police Commissioners’ Conference, where we learned about issues facing police departments today and were able to discuss common interests and concerns of civilian oversight. We attended the Hawaiʻi State Law Enforcement Association Conference, where we learned about current issues facing law enforcement and honored the law enforcement officers of the year.

We are committed to our duties of civilian oversight and service to the people of Hawaiʻi County. It has been an honor to serve as Police Commissioners.

Guy Schutte
Hawaiʻi County Police Commission

Hawaiʻi County Police Commission

Nine Big Island residents serve on the Hawaiʻi County Police Commission. The mayor appoints one member from each district and each appointment is subject to confirmation by the Hawaiʻi County Council.

The commission’s most important respon­sibilities, as delineated in the Hawaiʻi County Charter, are to appoint and remove the police chief at its sole discretion, confirm the chief ’s appointment of a deputy chief, and consider public complaints against the department or any of its members and then submit findings to the chief.

According to the Count y Charter, the commission’s other functions are to:

  • Adopt rules it may consider necessary for the conduct of its business and regula­tion of the matters committed to its charge, and review the rules and regulations of the department
  • Review the department’s annual bud­get prepared by the police chief and make recommendations thereon to the managing director and mayor
  • Submit an annual report to the mayor and the County Council
  • Advise the police chief on police-com­munity relations
  • Hire personnel necessary to carry out its functions
  • Evaluate at least annually the perfor­mance of the police chief and submit a report to the mayor, managing director and County Council

During Fiscal Year 2014—2015, the Police Commission members were:

  • Council District 1—Peter L. Hendricks
  • Council District 2—Leroy J. Victorine/Peggy Hilton
  • Council District 3—Keith Morioka
  • Council District 4—Karolyn P. Lundkvist
  • Council District 5—Ka‘ili Peʻa-Ferrari/Arthur Buckman
  • Council District 6—Robert G. Gomes Sr.
  • Council District 7—Kenneth T. Ono
  • Council District 8—John M. Bertsch
  • Council District 9—Guy Schutte

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Special Response Team (SRT)

The mission of the Special Response Team is to support the Hawaiʻi Police Department and any other requesting law enforcement agencies with a response to critical incidents, such as hostage situations, ­barricade situations, sniper situations, high-risk warrant service and special assignments. The team also provides security for visiting dignitaries.

The Special Response Team consists of specially selected officers who train extensively throughout the year to ensure operational readiness. SRT includes a crisis negotiation team that receives special training to develop communication skills that are necessary for defusing volatile situations.

SRT’s incident commander, tactical team, crisis negotiation team and support personnel conduct scenario training multiple times a year at different locations throughout Hawaiʻi Island to ensure operational readiness.

From July 2014 through June 2015, the Special Response Team served one high-risk warrant, responded to two barricaded situations and provided three security details.

The Special Response Team is also tasked with managing the department’s conducted electrical weapon program, firearms instructor program, patrol rifle program, all hazards training, rapid response to active threats training, and annual use-of-force review. In addition, SRT provides training to recruit officers in basic tactics and active shooter response a long with participating in community outreach programs on various topics. ­

From its inception through June 2015, SRT responded to 146 incidents.

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Community Policing

Commanders: Area I, Lt. Darren Horio/ Area II, Sgt. Floyd Cody Richards

The Hawaiʻi Police Department continues to expand and improve its Community Policing partnerships with community, neighborhood and business organizations. These partnerships help the Police Department with preventing crime, reducing the fear of crime, arresting those who commit crimes and providing a safe environment through use of proactive problem-solving techniques, community awareness, increased community and neighborhood involvement.

At the end of Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015, the Community Policing Unit had 38 authorized positions island-wide, including a supervising sergeant in Area II and a lieutenant in Area I. Of those, 27 positions were allocated for Community Policing officers, six for school resource officers and one for a civilian.

Community Policing officers maintain constant communication with community, neighborhood and business leaders and organizations to address not only criminal and traffic issues, but also social issues, such as homelessness and parks and recreations safety. These officers offer communities a variety of crime prevention methods and presentations, community and youth beneficial events, and traff ic safety and enforcement. Beside the continual establishment of Neighborhood Watches , Community Policing officers continue to coordinate other government and private agencies together with community and business groups to pursue the mission of safe neighborhoods and communities.

Community Police bike patrols in down­town Hilo, Banyan Drive, Pāhoa Town, Kailua Village and Ali‘i Drive have proven very effective in addressing street-level crimes, public nuisance complaints, special community events, recur­ring problems and property crimes. Bike patrols provide officers with the advantage of speed, stealth and surveillance for liquor violations, drug use and traffic enforcement. The improved presence further increases safety for our island’s visitors and residents.

School resource officers assigned to inter­mediate and elementary schools build positive choice relationships with the students while providing assistance and guidance to school staff and faculty for safe and drug free campuses. Officers mentor students daily and participate in school intramural activities. School resource officers also provide Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes during the year, ending with a D.A.R.E. Day reward for all D.A.R.E. gradu­ates in Kona and Hilo filled with local celebri­ties, food and fellowship.

Community Policing officers and school resource officers conduct HI-PAL activities throughout the year targeting children who may be at risk of either being crime victims or making poor personal choices. These activities are provided and designed to teach and steer youth toward healthy and legal choices.

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Other notable Community Policing/HI-PAL activities include:

  • Merrie Monarch Festival
  • Downtown Hilo Hoʻolaulea
  • Hilo Independence Day festivities
  • Kona Independence Day Parade
  • Kona Christmas Day Parade
  • Keiki ID projects
  • Graffiti paint-over projects and beautification projects
  • Sign-waving projects that raise community awareness about domestic violence, child/vehicle safety, traffic safety, drug abuse and other community concerns
  • Child passenger safety seat checks and clinics
  • Downtown Hilo Neighborhood Watch
  • Aloha Patrol
  • Kokua Pāhoa meetings and activities
  • VASH meetings and activities
  • Bicycle Patrol in Pāhoa , Downtown Hilo, Banyan Drive, Kailua Village, Ali‘i Drive, county parks and at special events
  • Kurtistown Family Fun Day
  • Mountain View Family Fun Day
  • Keaʻau Family Fun Day
  • Halloween safety presentations for parents and children island-wide
  • Aloha Patrol on Aliʻi Drive
  • Beach Sweeps on Aliʻi Drive and at county beach parks
  • Business Watch for Kailua-Kona
  • Abandoned vehicle beautification projects
  • Communit y and business association meetings
  • Illegal hunting education project
  • Laupāhoehoe Music Festival
  • Police week “Run To Honor” 5K run, walk and Keiki Fun Run
  • Shop with a Cop projects
  • Hats Off for Red Cross
  • Kealakehe Summer Fun Day
  • Kona Adopt-a-Highway project
  • South Kohala Adopt-a-Highway project
  • Public Schools Evacuation Drills
  • Hope Services backpack and school supplies event
  • Thanksgiving feeding the homeless event
  • Big Island Substance Abuse Counsel cooperative efforts events
  • Community traffic awareness program
  • Crime prevention through environmental design
  • Keiki health festival
  • Annual Easter egg hunt for special needs children
  • Feeding the Hungry’s “Meet and Eat” program
  • Freedom Hawaiʻi summer program
  • National Night Out

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During Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015, Community Policing officers worked in partnership with the following groups, resulting in the following outcomes:

Groups Outcomes
16 Department of Education elementary and intermediate schools DARE classes provided by SROs to about ,500 students in grades 5–8.
Kokua Pāhoa, Puna Action Team, Neighborhood Place of Puna, QLCC, Prosecutor’s Office Continued participation, started by the Weed and Seed project, by stepped-up police enforcement, bike patrol and joining with various neighborhood groups in activities such as Springtime Jam and a wrestling clinic/drug presentation for 100+ kids.
Hawaiʻi National Guard  Youth Challenge—career presentation/mentor
HI-PAL, Department of Parks and Recreation Spring Basketball Tournament, Click It or Ticket 3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments, Halloween Havoc 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Fall Intermediate Basketball League, Winter Basketball Classic, Summer Basketball League
Downtown Improvement Association, Hawaiʻi County Planning Department, Friends of Downtown Hilo Continued work with “Envision Downtown Hilo 2005”
Boy Scouts of America—Aloha Council Safety and fingerprinting merit badges, training of more than 100 scouts
Public and private schools Anti-bullying presentations
Drug Court, Juvenile Drug Court, Veterans Court Police Department liaison
NFL Pro Bowl Football clinic at Keaʻau High School
HI-PAL, Hope Chapel Annual HI-PAL/Hope Chapel 3 -on-3 Basketball Tournament in Kona
Neighborhood Place of Puna School supply giveaway
Kailua Village—Business Improvement District Continued partnership to step up police projects of downtown business areas of Kailua-Kona
HELCO Toys for Tots
Kona Traffic Safety Meeting Opportunity for concerned community members to meet with county and state officials about traffic safety concerns
Multi-Disciplinary Team Focus on continued problems in the downtown area of Kailua-Kona and in East Hawaiʻi
Chronic Homelessness Intervention and Rehabilitation Project Mayor’s appointed team to focus on chronic homelessness island wide
Kupuna Awareness Program Educate senior citizens/crime prevention

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Hawaiʻi Police Department Organization Chart

Police Commission

Police Chief


Office of Professional Standards/ Criminal Intelligence Unit

Deputy Police Chief

Administrative Bureau

Administrative Services


Word Processing

Public Relations

Special Response Team


Human Resources

Safety/Workers’ Comp



Community Relations/R&D

Technical Services

Communications Maintenance

Computer Center

Communications Dispatch

Records & Identification

Traffic Services

Area I Operations Bureau

Criminal Investigations Div.

Criminal Investigations Sec.

Vice Section

Juvenile Aid Section

Crime Lab

South Hilo Patrol

North Hilo District

Hāmākua District

Puna District

Traffic Enforcement Unit

Community Policing

Community Policing Officers

School Resource Officers



Area II Operations Bureau

Criminal Investigations Div.

Criminal Investigations Sec.

Vice Section

Juvenile Aid Section

Kona Patrol

South Kohala District

North Kohala District

Kaʻū District

Traffic Enforcement Unit

Community Policing

Community Policing Officers

School Resource Officers




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Office of Professional Standards/Criminal Intelligence Unit

Commander: Capt. Kenneth Bugado

The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) and Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) report directly to the police chief.

Office of Professional Standards (OPS)

Office of Professional Standards Mission Statement
The mission of The Office of Professional Standards is to protect and serve
the public, the employee and the department through fair, thorough and proactive investigations of alleged misconduct, while preserving the spirit of aloha.

The primary responsibility of the Office of Professional Standards, formerly known as the Internal Affairs Unit, is to ensure the integrity of the Hawaiʻi Police Department by performing fair and thor­ough investigations of alleged misconduct by its employees. The Office of Professional Standards conducts investigations of com­plaints brought directly to the attention of the department or through the Hawaiʻi Police Commission.

The Office of Professional Standards con­ducts quality control and compliance inspec­tions of department areas, property, vehicles, personnel and issued equipment.
The unit also assists administration personnel in conducting the department’s drug testing program.

The Office of Professional Standards includes two selected detectives assigned to Police Headquarters. The unit falls under the command of a captain, who reports to the Office of the Chief.

During Fiscal Year 2014–2 015, t he Office of Professional Standards conducted 21 administrative investigations, 55 internal inquiries into actions by police department personnel and provided 36 in-service train­ing sessions to employees. The Of f ice of Professional Standards also conducted 30 quality control and compliance inspections of various elements of the department to prevent abuse, misuse, fraud, and waste of department resources.

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Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU)

The mission of the Criminal Intelligence Unit is to collect, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate intelligence data re­garding criminal and terrorist activity to aid the Hawaiʻi Police Department in a proactive approach of enforcing laws, preserving peace and providing a safe environment.

The Criminal Intelligence Unit consists of two detectives and four officers assigned to Police Headquarters, equally divided among the Hilo and Kona stations. The unit is com­manded by a captain, who reports directly to the Office of the Chief.

The Criminal Intelligence Unit gathers information from all sources in a manner consistent with the law in support of efforts to provide intel ligence on the existence, identities and capabilities of criminal sus­pects and enterprises. The unit also conducts back ground investigations on applicants seeking employment with the Hawaiʻi Police Department and criminal history checks of other county, state and federal agencies.

The Criminal Intelligence Unit is part of the Inter-County Criminal Intelligence Unit, which includes the intelligence units of the Honolulu Police Department, Maui Police Department and Kauai Police Department.

The Criminal Intelligence Unit is a mem­ber of the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit, which is composed of law enforcement agencies in the United States, Canada and Australia.

The Criminal Intelligence Unit is also part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, whose mis­sion is to partner with the FBI to maximize cooperation and to create a cohesive unit capable of addressing the most complex ter­rorism investigations.

In addition, the Criminal Intelligence Unit is part of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Hawaiʻi Fugitive Task Force, whose mission is to investigate and arrest—as part of a joint law enforcement operation—persons who have active state and federal felony warrants for their arrest.

During Fisca l Year 2014–2015, the Criminal Intelligence Unit submitted 336 intelligence reports, conducted 431 criminal history checks, provided 144 in-service training sessions and provided intelligence information, which, in whole or in part, led to the initiation of 60 criminal investigations.

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Administrative Bureau

Commander—Assist. Chief Marshall Kanehailua

The Administrative Bureau is divided into two divisions: Administrative Services and Technical Services. A police major heads each one.

Administrative Services Division

Commander: Maj. Samuel Thomas

The Administrative Services Division includes the Accreditation Section, the Finance Section, the Word Processing Center, the Public Relations Section, the Community Relations Section, the Training Section and the Special Response Team.

The Accreditation Section is responsible for maintaining accreditation for the Hawai’i Police Department. The staff consists of one lieutenant, who is t he accreditation manager, two sergeants and a clerk. Since the initial award of CA LEA accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CA LE A)© in November 2012, the Accreditation Section prepared for the first re-assessment in July 2015 (Fiscal Year 2015–2016) to determine if the department continues to meet the 469 various C A LE A Standards. Accreditation raises the professionalism of the agency and provides improved community service.

The Finance Section is responsible for payroll, accounts payable, officers’ gas and oil accounts, special duty work, inventory and other finance-related tasks.

The Word Processing Center is responsible for transcribing all narrative police reports that sworn personnel dictate into an internet/web-­based Dictation Enterprise Platform system. The system was implemented in September 2010, replacing an aged and outdated on-site digital recording system.

Throughout the 2014—2015 fiscal year, the Word Processing Center managed to keep up with the high workload through hard work and perseverance. The dictated reports transcribed by the Word Processing Center are routed via the Records Management System for officers’ approval and timely prosecution.

The reports become the official documents that detail the Police Department’s criminal investigations. The Word Processing Center consists of one clerical services supervisor, one assistant clerical supervisor and 13 clerks. In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, nearly 30,000 reports were transcribed totaling more than 270,000 minutes of dictation.

The Public Relations Section i s responsible for maintaining the department’s website and Nixle alerts, responding to inquiries from the news media, producing

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the cable access television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” and publishing the department’s annual report and employee newsletter. In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the department published 543 media releases to the department’s website and through the Nixle service that allows the public to receive text messages, emails or both directly from the Police Department.

The Community Relations Section is responsible for maintaining programs to help the community and increase its awareness of police operations, which include station tours for civic groups, students, parents and out-of-­town visitors as well as managing requests for speakers on police-related subjects for com­munity groups, scouts and schools.

The Human Resources Section in cooperation with the Hawaiʻi County Department of Human Resources conducted various open and internal recruitments for sworn and civilian vacancies, which resulted in the hiring of 35 police recruits, seven police radio dispatchers, one inter-governmental movement, five School Crossing Guards, three clerks, two account clerks, one storekeeper, one accountant IV, one police operations clerk, one police evidence specialist, one criminalist, one police records clerk, two information systems analysts and one human resources specialist. Internally, there were 17 temporary promotions to police officer III, one temporary promotion to police investigative operations clerk, one promotion to police records analyst and one promotion to police records clerk.

During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the Training Section conducted training for the 82nd Police Recruit Class, which began with 16 police officers. The department continued providing “Aloha in Difficult Times” and “Cultural Diversity” training. Recruit officers received a wide variety of field training while riding along with and being evaluated by field training officers. That training included the practical applications of criminal investigations, principles of police patrol, interview and interrogation, constitutional and citizens’ rights, federal, state and county statutes, and other topics pertinent to law enforcement. Also during this year, the Police Department provided 62,239 hours of instruction and training to its sworn police officers and civilian employees.

Technical Services Division

Commander: Maj. James O’Connor

The Technical Services Division is in charge of the Communications Dispatch Center, Communications Maintenance Section, Computer Center, Records and Identification Section and Traffic Services Section.
During the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year, the Communications Dispatch Center received 230,113 9-1-1 calls, a 6.8 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, with 11.6 per­cent of those transferred to the Hawaiʻi Fire Department.

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All requests for police service are re­corded, logged and assigned by Dispatch personnel using a computer aided dispatch system with six to seven dispatchers on shift at any given time.

The Dispatch Center documented 224,209 calls for service during this fiscal year, a 17.5 percent increase over the previ­ous year. Mondays (with 33,885 calls for service) and Fridays (with 34,902 calls for service) were shown to be the busiest days overall.

The Dispatch Center fulfills requests for 9-1-1 and other audio recordings and in­formation for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, officer and internal investigations, as well as the general public. During this fis­cal year, the Center completed 534 requests for such information compared with 473 the prior year, a 12.9 percent increase.

In May 2015, the Positron mapping system was replaced by a newer Mapflex s ystem from Intrado, which helps 9-1-1 operators locate callers with integrated Pictometry imagery overlays on their base map. Work continues on Next Generation 9-1-1 features , including text to 9-1-1 implementation, which was scheduled for the latter half of t he 2015 calendar year. Upcoming projects include a new CAD/RMS/Mobile system from Spillman Technologies with a projected go-live date in 2017.

The Communications Maintenance Section is responsible for maintenance and repair of all county-owned radio sites. This includes towers, shelters, microwave radios, repeaters, base radios, mobile radios and handheld portable radios.

The Communications Maintenance Section installs and maintains all radio and emergency warning equipment in the Police Department’s fleet and subsidized vehicles. During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the Communications Maintenance Section completed 119 installations in Police Department vehicles and 11 Public Works Road Department vehicles.

The Communications Maintenance Section repaired 44 Civil Defense sirens and performed preventive maintenance on an additional 22 sirens.

The Communications Maintenance Section conducted 134 preventive mainte­nance inspections of district stations and radio sites during Fiscal Year 2014–2015.

The Computer Center is responsible for interconnectivity between all police sta­tions and substations, assuring a secured net working infrastructure, installing and maintaining computer equipment, install­ing and troubleshooting soft ware systems and providing technical assistance for varying computer issues. During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, t he Computer Center deployed new desktop computer systems to replace systems that were procured in 2003, as well a s receiving 100 new Mobile Data Terminals for use by the patrol officers. The Computer Center responded to 4,614 calls and provided 27 hours of in-service training.

The Records and Identification Section has several internal subsections—Records, Identification, Firearms and Evidence—with a variety of responsibilities. The overall responsibilities of the entire section are maintaining police records, conducting evidence fingerprint examinations, processing subpoenas and court documents, compiling and disseminating statistical information and processing firearm permit applications and registrations—including thorough background checks on each

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individual applying for a long gun or handgun permit.

In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the Records Section processed requests for 4,460 copies of criminal reports and 4, 897 copies of traffic accident reports, the Firearms Section issued 4,335 firearms permits and registered 10,815 firearms, the Identification Section processed 18,931 court documents and 7,432 fingerprints, and the Evidence Section processed 6,461 photo receipts and 9,360 property receipts.

During the 2014–2015 Fiscal Year, the Hawaiʻi Police Department requested reimbursement o f $468,172 in federal grant funds—which the Traffic Services Section oversees—for traffic enforcement and equipment purchases to improve traffic safety.

Police continued efforts to make Hawaiʻi Island roadways safer by using the grant funds to pay for overtime for checkpoints and other enforcement projects aimed at re­ducing injuries and deaths in motor vehicle crashes by increasing seat belt use rates, ap­prehending impaired drivers, and enforcing laws pertaining to distracted drivers, speed regulations and “outlaw” road racing.

Other Traffic Services Section highlights include:

  • 81 road closure permits issued
  • 174 violation letters sent out to motorists
  • 48 school crossing guard checks conducted
  • 177 impound letters sent to owners of abandoned vehicles

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Operations Bureaus

Area I—East Hawaiʻi

Commanders: Assist. Chief Henry Tavares • Maj. Randy Apele

The Area I Operations Bureau includes investigative and patrol operations in East Hawaiʻi. Its districts include Hāmākua, North Hilo, South Hilo and Puna—an area  encompassing 1,685 square miles. A captain  heads each of the four patrol districts.

Area II—West Hawaiʻi

Commanders: Assist. Chief Paul Kealoha • Maj. Mitchell Kanehailua

The Area II Operations Bureau includes investigative and patrol operations in West Hawaiʻi. The 2,345 square-mile area includes the districts of North Kohala,  South Kohala, Kona and Kaʻū , each headed  by a captain.



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Criminal Investigations Divisions

Commanders: Area I—Capt. Robert Wagner • Area II—Capt. Chad Basque

The Police Department’s investigative operations fall under the Criminal Investigations Divisions—one in Area I and one in Area II.

CID commanders oversee the operations of the Criminal Investigations Section, Juvenile  Aid Section and Vice Section with operations in both Area I and Area II.

Area I also includes the Crime Lab in Hilo.

Criminal Investigations Sections (CIS)

Commanders: Area I—Lt. Gregory Esteban • Area II—Lt. Gerald Wike

Area I Criminal Investigations Section detectives investigate felony cases in the South Hilo, Puna, North Hilo, and Hāmākua Districts.

During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, Area I CIS investigated 1,776 crimes. Of those, 736 were burglaries, 309 were thefts and 329 were financial crimes. In comparison with the previous fiscal year, this represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of burglaries investigated, a 20.6 percent decrease in thefts and a 6.8 percent increase in financial crimes. The overall solution rate was 52 percent. Area I detectives investigated one murder case and seven attempted murder cases.

Area II Criminal Investigations Section detectives investigate felony cases in t he South Kohala, North Kohala, Kona and Kaʻū districts.

During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, Area II CIS investigated 932 crimes. Of those, 237 were burglaries, 93 were thefts and 288 were financial crimes. In comparison with the previous fiscal year, this represents a 10 percent increase in burglaries, a 159 percent decrease in thefts, and a 3 percent decrease in financial crimes. The overall clearance rate was 66 percent. During this fiscal year, Area II detectives investigated three murders, two attempted murder cases and one manslaugh­ter case. Five of these cases were solved by the end of the fiscal year and two remain under investigation.

Among the many cases investigated by the Criminal Investigations Sections, the follow­ing were particularly noteworthy:

  • In July 2014, detectives charged a 38-year-old Pāhoa man with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly drove his vehicle toward police officers on Stainback Highway. As the suspect headed for one of the officers, the officer discharged his service weapon. The suspect sustained a non-life-threatening injury.
  • In July, 2014, police responded to a report of a shooting at a home in Hōnaunau. At the house that was being rented by several tenants, police found a 52-year-old resident with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The man later died from the injury. A 44­year-old man, who was also a tenant at the residence, was identified as the responsible person and was arrested at the scene. Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section executed a search warrant at the property and recovered a handgun. The suspect was later charged.

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  • In July, 2014, detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigations Section reclassified a suspicious death of an infant to murder following an eight-month investigation and recently-obtained autopsy results. On November 25, 2013, police responded to a report of possible child abuse and learned that an unresponsive 18-month­old boy had been taken to the hospital with multiple bruises reportedly from a fall several days earlier. The infant was later transferred in critical condition to another hospital on Oahu, where he died. Detective s with the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation, assisted by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office. Extensive testing and analysis was conducted, which required the use of a mainland laboratory. Detectives interviewed family members, a 42-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man, who were caring for the infant at the time of the reported fall. Following completion of the investigation, detectives deferred the case to the Of f ice of the Prosecuting Attorney.
  • In October 2014, detectives charged a 21-year-old Hilo ma n with attempted second-degree murder after he allegedly used an edged instrument to cut a 21-year-old man who was trying to break up a fight. The victim sustained an 18-inch laceration to his neck area but survived.
  • In October, 2014, detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigations Section became involved in the investigation of a four-month crime spree involving numerous crimes that were committed island wide, including in the districts of Kaʻū , Kona, Puna and South Kohala. Detectives investigated reports of burglaries, criminal property damage, fraudulent use of credit cards, narcotics offenses, unauthorized control of propelled vehicles, unauthorized entry into motor vehicles and theft. Numerous search warrants were executed during the investigation. Investigation led to the arrest of six men for more then 80 felony criminal charges. Detectives also deferred to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney several additional felony investigations involving five other individuals who were also associated with the crime spree. During the investigation, 16 stolen vehicles were recovered and returned to their owners.
  • In January 2015, a 43-year-old Hilo man was fatally stabbed numerous times during an attack in the grassy area above the bayfront soccer fields. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as a 21-year­old Honomū man, who was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Juvenile Aid Sections (JAS)

Commanders: Area I — Lt. Lucille Melemai /Area II— Lt. Gilbert Gaspar

The Juvenile Aid Sections are primarily responsible for the investigation of sexual assaults of adults and minors, domestic violence and other family-related crimes, and internet crimes involving child exploitation. The Juvenile Aid Sections also investigate runaways, truants, curfew violators and juveniles involved in serious crimes.

The Juvenile Aid Section is divided into three specialized units: the Sex Crimes Unit,

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the Domestic Violence Unit and the General Detail Unit. They receive training in domestic violence and sexual assaults, including sexual assaults involving children. Sexual assault nurse examiners are available to assist detectives in conducting forensic examina­tions on victims of sexual assault.

Area I collaborated with the Missing Child Center of Hawaiʻi to obtain a replacement canine due to the retirement of canine “Katie.” The collaboration includes training an officer in Area I to become a ca­nine handler. Once trained, their primary duties are to assist in locating missing children and Alzheimer’s patients, although they also may be called upon to trail criminal suspects.

An officer in Area II JAS has additional train­ing as a canine handler to assist in investigations of missing persons.

In January 2013, four new detectives were promot­ed into the Area I Juvenile Aid Section to replace re­cently retired or transferred detectives. They received training in domestic violence and sexual assaults, including sexual assaults involving children.

During the 2014–2015 fiscal year, the Area I Juvenile Aid Section investigated 660 cases—of which 193 were reports of sexual assaults and 195 were reports of domestic violence. This is in addition to 197 investigations of juveniles involved in serious crimes and status offenses (such as runaway, truancy, protective and placement services, and curfew vio­lations), 75 other offenses related to sexual assault, domestic violence, juvenile offenses or personal-assist type of investigations, and 124 miscellaneous public bulletin reports investigated by the Area I Juvenile Aid Section.

During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the Area II Juvenile Aid Section investigated 486 cases and 280 miscellaneous public incidents, including sexual assaults, domestic violence and other crimes against women, child pornography and other juvenile-related crimes, such as burglaries, robberies, thefts, child abuse and neglect, and other status offenses.

Among the many cases the Juvenile Aid Sections investigated this fiscal year, the following were par­ticularly noteworthy:

  • In December 2014, Area I Juvenile Aid Section detectives conducted an assault investigation in connection with a domestic incident in the South Hilo District involving a man and a juvenile male, both family members. The juvenile male suffered a laceration and was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment. The man was arrested for a domestic-related assault and later charged with second-degree assault.
  • In February, 2015, Area II Juvenile A id Section detectives investigated sex assault allegations involving a female minor who reported that her 53-year-old uncle had been sexually abusing her over a six-year period. In March the suspect was inter viewed and admitted only to kissing the victim. He consented to a polygraph exam scheduled for April 9. On April 5, however, the suspect was rushed to the hospital after ingesting the herbicide Round-Up. He died a day later.
  • In April 2015, Area I Juvenile Aid Section detectives conducted a coroner’s inquest investigation in connection with what was initially reported as a domestic incident in the Puna District involving an adult girlfriend and boyfriend. A woman was found unresponsive with a suspicious injury. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that she died of a medical condition and that the injury on her body was superficial, consistent with a fall to the ground, and did not contribute to her cause of death.
  • In May 2015, Area I Juvenile Aid Section detectives assisted the FBI in locating a wanted fugitive out of Colorado. The fugitive was involved in a family abduction of a juvenile female. Detectives proceeded to the Puna District and developed intelligence about the whereabouts of the fugitive and child. As a result, the man was arrested in a small town in Texas within 11 hours from the time detectives received the assignment. The girl was located and returned to her family.
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  • In May 2015 , Area I Juvenile Aid Section detectives conducted a murder investigation in connection with an incident in the Puna District involving a father and son. The father was found unresponsive at his home with a projectile type wound. His adult son was arrested and later charged with second-degree murder.
  • From July 2014 to October 2014, several burglaries were reported in the South Kohala District. Area II Juvenile Aid Section detectives were tasked with the investigation after it was determined that the suspects might be juveniles. With the assistance of the Waikoloa community and information from concerned citizens, six male juveniles and an 18-year-old man were identified as suspects. The investigation determined that the suspects entered the victims’ houses through unlocked doors and windows and removed money and personal valuables. Detectives were able to locate and apprehend all seven suspects. The investigation was forwarded to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for final disposition.

Vice Sections

Commanders: Area I—Lt. Mark Farias • Area II—Lt. Sherry Bird

The Vice Section is primarily responsible for preventing and suppressing all forms of commercialized vice activity, including prostitution, gambling, cruelty to animals and the importation and distribution of illegal narcotics such as crystal metham­phetamine, cocaine, heroin, designer drugs and diverted prescription pills.

The Area I Vice Section has three narcotics detection canine teams with one being a dedi­cated canine team that focuses its investigative efforts on the importation and exportation of illegal narcotics and/or proceeds from narcotics distribution by focusing on parcel interdiction at the various mailing services at the two main shipping ports of entry and by conducting passenger screenings at the various airports.

Crystal methamphetamine (also known as “ice”) continues to be the greatest drug threat to the community, as the drug is continually being imported into the island from Honolulu and the West Coast by way of body carriers and parcel services.

The abuse of pharmaceutical prescription d rugs (known as “pharmaceutical diver­sion”) continues to remain an alarming drug threat in the United States, including in Hawaii County. It has been reported that pharmaceutical drugslegally prescribed or divertedwere present in approximately 90 percent of the search warrants executed for illegal narcotics. The most commonly recovered pharmaceutical drugs during these investigations were oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and illegal steroids.

In November 2008, Hawaiʻi County voters passed a bill for an ordinance making the adult personal use of marijuana the lowest law enforce­ment priority of the Hawaiʻi Police Department. The bill prohibits the Hawaiʻi County Council from accepting any federal funding for mari­juana eradication. During the sixth year of this bill, the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Vice

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Sections recovered 1,910 marijuana plants and 24,118 grams or more than 57 pounds of dried processed marijuana despite the absence of eradication missions. The Hawaiʻi Police Department continues to research and develop new ways to solve the problem of commercial cultivation and distribution of marijuana in the County of Hawaiʻi.

Abuse of medical marijuana laws, which were enacted in Hawaiʻi in 2000, also is common.

Vice officers belong to the Statewide Hawaiʻi Narcotics Task Force and are in­volved in joint operations with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Vice Sections are also a part of the Hawaiʻi High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. They continue to strive to identify, infiltrate, and dismantle drug traf­ficking organizations in Hawaiʻi County from the street to the highest level.

In 2014–2015, Area I Vice Section officers conducted 1,249 drug investiga­tions, resulting in 304 arrests and 1,132 charges. In addition, Vice officers recovered the following illegal drugs:

  • 2.782 pounds of crystal meth
  • 1,478 marijuana plants
  • 53 pounds of dried marijuana
  • 7 grams of heroin
  • 107.01 grams of cocaine
  • 1,308 assorted prescription pills

In 2014–2015, Area II Vice Section of­ficers conducted 657 drug-related investiga­tions, which resulted in 181 arrests for 512 charges. In addition, Area II Vice officers recovered the following illegal drugs:

  • 14.41 pounds of crystal meth
  • 432 marijuana plants
  • 4.41 pounds of dried marijuana
  • 18.5 grams of hashish
  • 285.57 grams of heroin
  • 329.3 grams of cocaine
  • 57.8 grams of crack cocaine
  • 604 assorted prescription pills

Among the many cases investigated, the following were particularly noteworthy:

  • In July–August 2014, Vice Officers executed search warrants on a 57-year-old man’s Kaiwiki home. They recovered 32.4 grams of ice and drug paraphernalia. During the investigation that led up to the search warrant, officers conducted six prosecutable controlled purchases of 3.7 grams of ice.
  • In November 2014, the Area II Vice Section concluded a half-year investigation and executed a narcotics search warrant at a Waikoloa home occupied by a 46-year-­old woman and 45-year-old man. Officers searching the house recovered 129.5 grams of methamphetamine, 15.1 grams of marijuana, 6.6 grams of heroin, one morphine tablet, various items of drug paraphernalia and $901 in cash. T he woman was charged with meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug and two counts each of promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. The man was charged with promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. The cash was seized for forfeiture.

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  • In December 2014, Area II Vice Officers, including the Airport Task Force, collaborated with officers from the San Diego Police Department on a narcotics investigation involving a 31-year-old San Diego man who was distributing narcotics to a couple from the Big Island. Investigation revealed that a 35-year-old woman and a 34-­year-old man had traveled from Kona to San Diego for the express purpose of purchasing narcotics from the San Diego man and that they planned to “body carry” the narcotics back to the Big Island. Task Force Officers executed search warrants on the man and woman after they deplaned their flight at Kona International Airport at Keahole. From the woman’s property, officers recovered several bundles of narcotics, each wrapped in black electrical tape, totaling127.4 grams of methamphetamine, 114.5 grams of cocaine, 178.7 grams of black tar heroin and 15 grams of powdered ecstasy (“molly”). The methamphetamine was concealed in a candle that had been melted down with the wax poured around the narcotics. From the man’s property, officers recovered three bundles of narcotics, each wrapped in black electrical tape, totaling 91.3 grams of methamphetamine. The woman was arrested and charged with meth trafficking, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. The man was arrested and charged with meth trafficking and possessing drug paraphernalia. Officers with the San Diego Police Department arrested the San Diego man and located narcotics in his home.
  • In February 2015, the Area I Vice Section collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security on an investigation involving a 23-year-old methamphetamine/MDMA distributor who was identified on a social media site attempting to purchase narcotics to distribute on Hawaiʻi Island. A parcel containing pseudo MDMA was delivered to him and a search warrant was subsequently executed on his Hilo home, where officers recovered 140.4 grams of “moon rocks” a crystalline, smokable form of MDMA along with diverted prescription medication, marijuana and paraphernalia associated with its distribution. In addition, $433 in cash was recovered for forfeiture.
  • In March 2015, Vice Officers executed search warrants on a 31-year-old man’s Waiakea home and gamecock farm. They recovered 3,516 grams (7.75 pounds) of methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with its distribution. Also recovered were $6,076 in cash and a 2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab pickup truck, valued at approximately $32,000, for forfeiture.
  • In March 2015 Vice officers executed a narcotics search warrant on a 29-year-old man’s Ainaloa home, where they recovered 48.5 grams (1.10 4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with its distribution.
  • In April 2015, Area II Vice Officers executed search warrants on a 40 -year-old man from Oceanside, California, after officers continued an investigation that indicated he would be importing heroin to the Big Island using the internal “body carrying” method. Officers contacted him at Kona International Airport at Keahole after he exited a United Airlines flight originating from Los Angeles. After executing a search warrant on items he was carrying, officers were unable to locate any narcotics. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where X-Rays authorized by a search warrant revealed plastic bags located in a body cavity. Officers recovered three plastic bags containing approximately 8.7 ounces of heroin and 4.6 grams of methamphetamine. The man was arrested and charged with meth trafficking, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug, criminal conspiracy and possessing drug paraphernalia.

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Crime Lab

Supervisor: Criminalist III Kathy Pung

In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the Crime Lab acquired two replacement hires, Evidence Specialist I Paige Green, and Criminalist I Christine Lawler.

The Crime Lab completed 1,363 cases, compared with 1,630 in Fiscal Year 2014, 1,583 in Fiscal Year 2013, and 1,488 in Fiscal Year 2012. Crime Lab casework consisted of 865 drug cases, 450 latent print cases, 31 firearms cases, 14 biological cases and three forensic computer cases.

Crime Lab personnel conducted 51 in-service training sessions for Area I and Area II Operations, with 388 personnel re­ceiving Crime Lab related forensic services training. The Evidence Specialists assisted in 90 call-outs that included major crime scenes, traffic fatalities, autopsies and requests for specialized evidence processing. Crime Lab personnel provided community service through public speaking engagements such as the Onizuka Science Day Program.

In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the Crime Lab received a Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement grant of $25,641 for training and to purchase an updated analytical balance. With grant funds, Crime Lab personnel were able to attend vari­ous training events which included the International Association for Identification Annual Educational Conference, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting, Clandestine Laboratory Investigating Chemists Annual Technical Training Seminar, and a Balance Uncertainty training hosted by the HPD­SIS laboratory. Through grant funds, the Crime Lab was able to provide specialized training in Crime Scene Photography, Basic Crime Scene Processing, and Tire Track and Foot wear Impressions by HPD-SIS labora­tory personnel for Crime Lab personnel and for Area I and Area II detectives and officers and Fire Department Investigators.

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Area I Patrol Districts

Hāmākua District

Commander: Capt. Andrew Burian
Area: 223 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 18

The Hāmākua District ended the 2014–2015 fiscal year with a decrease in burglaries, having 18 reported cases compared with 25 from the previous fiscal year. Four of the burglaries were solved, for a clearance rate of about 22 percent. The num­ber of reported thefts remained at 70, with a clearance rate of 36 percent.

Traffic enforcement remains a priority in the Hāmākua District. Major traffic colli­sions decreased from 49 to 38 in Fiscal Year 2014–2015. Hāmākua Patrol officers issued more than 2,000 citations. Of those, 535 were for speeding and 134 were for seat belt or child restraint violations, and 72 were for use of an electronic device while driving. Emphasis on traffic enforcement remains an important motivator for reducing the number of major traffic accidents.

The school resource officer assigned to Honokaʻa Schools remained active, work­ing with school administrators and facility at Honokaʻa and Paʻauilo Schools to reduce incidents of bullying, truancy, thefts and drug activity.

Through the year, the Hāmākua District Community Policing officer and school resource officer continued to work together with Neighborhood Watch organizations, schools and other community organizations to address various community concerns. Some of the major community events with which they were involved included the Annual Western Week parade and block party, Honokaʻa Peace Day fair, and the popular First Friday events in Honokaʻa.

The North Hilo District at Ka‘ala Gulch and the South Kohala District at Lakeland form the boundaries of the Hāmākua District. Its police station is located at 45-3400 Mamane Street in Honokaʻa Town.

North Hilo District

Commander: Capt. Andrew Burian
Area: 144 square miles/Authorized sworn positions: 13

In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the North Hilo District had a decrease in reported burglaries, with 19 burglary reports being filed compared with 23 the year before. Of the 19 burglary investigations, three were closed, for a clearance rate of 16 percent.

Theft cases dipped from 45 down to 28 cases. Officers were able to solve 11 of the theft cases, for a clearance rate of 39 percent.

The district logged 31 major traffic ac­cidents, versus 38 in Fiscal Year 2014–2015. Unfortunately, there was one traffic fatality in

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the North Hilo District in June of 2015.

As in other districts, traffic enforcement in North Hilo is an important part of police work, as it makes our roads safer. North Hilo District patrol officers issued more than 1,500 citations in the fiscal year. Of those, 538 were for speeding and 74 for seat belt or child restraint violations.

The North Hilo Community Policing officer often works in partnership with the Hāmākua District Community Policing officer and school resource officer to better serve the community. In the North Hilo District, they assisted with two Drug-Free Bash celebrations with the Queen Liliʻuoka lani Children’s Center, Big Island Biker Fest at Laupāhoehoe Point, and Laupāhoehoe Music Festival.

The Hāmākua District at Kaʻala Gulch and the South Hilo District at Hakalau Gulch form the bound­aries of the North Hilo District. Its police station is located at 36-2285 Puʻualaea Homestead Road in Laupāhoehoe just west of the 25-mile marker off Old Māmālahoa Highway.

South Hilo Patrol

Commander:  Capt. Richard Sherlock

South Hilo Patrol, the Police Department’s largest staffed patrol division, is situated on the ground floor of Building B at the Public Safety Complex, 349 Kapiʻolani Street. Patrol of­ficers also operate out of the Moʻoheau Bus Terminal mini-station.

South Hilo Patrol provides 24-hour police services to the South Hilo District and oper­ates the East Hawaiʻi Detention Center, which houses pre-trial detainees for the four police districts that comprise Area I Operations. Other services provided by the South Hilo Patrol Division include Community Policing, school resource officers and the reserve police officer program.

During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, South Hilo Patrol served 3,561 court documents, including bench warrants, penal summonses, subpoenas and restraining orders. Officers responded to 402 major traffic accidents in South Hilo this fiscal year compared with 425 the previous fiscal year. In the area of traffic enforcement, police made 199 drunken driv­ing arrests and issued 1,558 speeding citations and 742 seat belt citations. Overall, officers issued 11,720 traffic citations.

Robberies in South Hilo decreased by 32 percent. Twenty-four robberies were reported this fiscal year compared with 35 reported last year.

Thefts increased from 2,267 last fiscal year to 2,536 this year.

Burglaries decreased this fiscal year to 390 compared with 495 last year, a reduction of 22 percent. A significant decrease in burglaries occurred between the months of March 2015 and June 2015.

Theft of motor vehicles increased 75 percent this fiscal year to 333 compared with 193 last fiscal year. Two task forces were assembled using personnel from Puna,

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Hāmākua, and the Criminal Investigations Section to address the rising thefts of mo­tor vehicles in East Hawaiʻi. The first task force concluded in July of 2014, resulting in 19 persons arrested, 43 criminal charges, and the recover y of four stolen vehicles. The most recent task force was initiated in Januar y of 2015 and resulted in the arrest of 13 persons, 39 criminal charges initiated, and the recover y of three stolen vehicles.

Police initiated 108 reported sexual as­sault cases compared with 72 the previous fiscal year.

Assaults increased as reported from last year from 385 to 438.

Police investigated two murder cases in South Hilo this fiscal year compared with one last fiscal year.

The South Hilo District occupies the area between the North Hilo District at Hakalau Gulch and the Puna District at Papa‘i. Its police station is located at 349 Kapiʻolani Street.

Puna District

Commander: Capt. Samuel Jelsma
Area: 683 square miles/Authorized sworn positions: 59

The district of Puna is larger in land mass than the entire island of Oahu or the cities of Los Angeles and Philadelphia combined. In terms of population, it has been described as the fastest-growing district on the island.

Fifty-one police officers, six sergeants, one lieutenant and one captain position are des­ignated for the Puna District. Additionally, the district has four volunteer reserve officers and three civilian staff members.

The primary Puna District station is lo­cated just outside Pāhoa Village on Highway 130. The Keaʻau substation is located in Keaʻau town off Old Volcano Road.

Community Policing Officers in Puna work with 10 Neighborhood Watch groups in crime prevention, community awareness and problem solving. The Community Policing officers continue working with local businesses and farmers with the Keaʻau Agriculture Watch in response to agricultural thefts and illegal hunting in the Keaʻau area. Some of the largest landowners and farm groups in the area are part of the watch.

Improving the quality of life is a police and community priority in Pāhoa town. The Community Policing and Patrol officers conduct crime reduction details and walking patrols to increase police presence in town.

Fiscal Year 2014–2015 saw two major natural disasters impact the Puna District significantly. The “June 27” lava flow marched toward Pāhoa town for several months, cross­ing Apaʻa Street, destroying one home and entering the Pāhoa Transfer Station property in early November. The flow remains active near the Puʻuōʻō vent but stopped several hundred yards short of crossing Highway 130, just above the Pāhoa police station in March. In early August, Hurricane Iselle traveled across the Pacific toward Hawaiʻi Island. The storm reached peak intensity as Category 4 hurricane on August 4 with maximum sus­tained winds of 140 miles per hour. Iselle approached Hawaiʻi Island as a Category 1 hurricane and made landfall in the Kaʻū

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District as a tropical storm on August 7. This storm devastated Hawaiʻi Island and hit the Puna District especially hard; power and other utilities were out for weeks in some areas and clean-up and recovery took months.

During this fiscal year, Officer Bronson Kaliloa was honored by his peers and super­visors as “2014 Puna Patrol Officer of the Year” for his outstanding dedication, efforts and work ethic.

Overall, criminal cases initiated in the Puna District decreased with 6,277 cases initiated in Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015, compared with 6,350 the previous year. This represents a decrease of 73 cases or just over one percent. For the fiscal year, burglaries decreased slightly (403 compared with 410 the previous year), and thefts were up 26 percent (1,156 compared with 858 the previous year).

The Puna District served 2,434 court papers in Fiscal Year 2014–2015 compared with 2,337 the previous year.

The Puna District is situated between the South Hilo District at Papa‘i and the Kaʻū District at Keauhou Landing. Its police station is located in Pāhoa at 15-2615 Keaʻau-Pāhoa Road.

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Area II Patrol Districts

North Kohala District

Commander: Capt. Albert Jason Cortez Area: 123 square miles/Authorized sworn positions: 16

During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, the North Kohala District experienced a slight increase in the number of reported burglaries (19 cases compared with 13 cases last fiscal year). Reported assaults were down (18 cases compared with 23 cases the previous fiscal year), and thefts were up (62 cases compared with 59 cases the previ­ous fiscal year).

A Police-Community meeting was held at the Kohala Intergenerational Center, where members of the community voiced their concerns to the Police Chief and his com­mand staff.

In response to community concerns about speeding in the district, North Kohala Patrol Officers issued 639 speeding citations this fiscal year (compared with 637 the previous fiscal year).

The number of major traff ic accidents decreased slightly (from 25 to 18) with no fatalities.

The “Kohala Project Grad Night,” in its sixth year, was again a huge success with almost 100 percent participation. In partner­ship with many organizations, Community Policing participated toward its continued success.

The North Koha la Communit y Policing officer participated with the communit y in a nnual events, including the K amehameha Day Parade, Skate Day, Easter Egg Hunt and Toys for Tots. HI-PAL activities at Kohala Elementary and Middle School have begun, with the Communit y Policing Officer, to include kickball and dodge ball. Monthly articles in the Kohala Mountain News are contributed by the Community Policing officer to address police and com­munity concerns.

The North Kohala District is bounded by South Kohala at Kaiʻopae and Hāmākua at Honopue. Its police station is located behind the Kamehameha statue in Kapaʻau at 54-3900 Akoni Pule Highway.

South Kohala District

Commander: Capt. Randall Medeiros
Area: 688 square miles/Authorized sworn positions: 34

The South Kohala District experienced a moderate increase in property crimes during Fiscal Year 2014–2015. Burglaries increased by 8 percent to 53 re­ported burglaries, thefts (including vehicle break-ins) increased by 27 percent to 352, and auto thefts increased by 56 percent to 30 reported stolen vehicles. Patrol officers cleared 37 percent of burglaries and 55 percent of theft cases (including vehicle break-ins). This is the first time in four years that there has been any increase in reported property crimes in the South Kohala District.

Drug cases increased 22 percent to 154

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as a result of proactive investigations to interdict criminal activity associated with drug use and distribution within the South Kohala community. Throughout the year, Community Policing officers conducted search warrants and traffic stops that led to the recover y of drugs and numerous il­legal firearms.

South Kohala patrol officers’ traffic enforcement was down to 5,648 citations compared with 7,596 citation s during the previous fiscal year. DUI arrests also decreased to 107 compared with 135 the previous fiscal year and resulted in no DUI related traffic fatalities for this period in the South Kohala District.

Officers conducted 146 major traffic inves­tigations and 431 minor traffic investigations for a total of 577 collisions, which reflect a 4 percent increase over the last fiscal year.

The South Kohala District covers the area between the North Kohala District at Kiowa and the Kona District at Kaua‘i Point. Its police station is located at 67-5185 Kamamalu Street in Waimea.

Kona Patrol

Commander: Capt. Randal Ishii
Area: 834 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 83

The Kealakehe police station serves as the main station for the Kona Patrol Division and houses a cellblock deten­tion section, firearms registration section and an evidence section.

During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, Kona Patrol clerks processed 2,946 firearms reg­istrations, including handguns, rifles and shotguns. Of these registered firearms, 1,660 were imported from outside the state.

The evidence section, which is staffed by two evidence custodians, is responsible for the storage and preservation of more than 75,000 pieces of evidence recovered in criminal inves­tigations. The preservation of these pieces of evidence is critical to the successful prosecu­tion of criminal cases. Evidence is stored at the main Kealakehe police evidence room as well as a newly acquired warehouse owned by Hawaiʻi County in the Kaloko area. The installation of a new vehicle evidence lot in the main station rear parking lot began at the end of the fiscal year and is due to be completed soon so that vehicles can be stored in the Kona District rather than be transported across the island to a warehouse in Puna.

After losing more than a dozen officers due to retirement and resignation, Kona Patrol welcomed 10 new police officers who graduated from the police recruit program in January 2015. Additionally, one interdepart­mental transfer officer was completing field training at the end of the fiscal year and was due to join Kona Patrol soon thereafter.

Kona Patrol officers responded to more than 9,269 criminal complaints and more than 17,611 calls for service related to non­criminal complaints, such as minor nuisances or persons needing assistance.

They also issued 17,173 citations, of which 1,377 were for speeding violations. In a de­partment-wide effort to combat distracted driving, Kona Patrol officers issued 787 cita­tions for using an electronic device while driv­ing. In addition, 334 drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Kona District received 11,367

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court documents and ser ved 3,079 court documents.

The Kona Community Policing Unit is headed by a police sergeant and consists of seven Community Policing officers and two school resource officers.

The Community Policing officers focus on addressing community-related issues in the North and South Kona areas. Their re­sponsibilities also include bicycle patrol in the Ali‘i Drive area and beach sweeps to ensure the safety of the tourist community and busi­nesses and to address the growing number of transient homeless persons attracted to the warm climate. Their problem-solving efforts include crime reduction details and spear­heading Neighborhood Watch groups.

The school resource officers are assigned to Konawaena Middle School and Kealakehe Intermediate School. In addition to teaching DAR E classes, they provide students with information on anti-bullying, internet safety, laws and ordinances, and a variety of other topics. The school resource officers establish a rapport with the students so that they perceive police officers as more approachable. They provide a liaison between the school and the Police Department.

The Kona district occupies the area between the South Kohala District at Waikoloa and the Kaʻū District at Kaulanamauna. Its main police station is in Kealakehe at 74-611 Hale Makaʻi Place. In addition to the main station, the Kona district has two sub-stations. One is located at Hale Halawai in downtown Kailua-Kona and the other is in Captain Cook.

Kaʻū District

Commander: Capt. Burt Shimabukuro
Area: 700 square miles / Authorized sworn position: 24

During Fiscal Year 2014–2015, Kaʻū Patrol Officers investigated 75 major traffic accidents, which is the same number as in Fiscal Year 2013–2014. A total of 2,797 citations were issued. Of those, 675 were for speeding and 175 were for seat belt or child restraint violations.

Kaʻū Patrol officers investigated more than 1,311 incidents as well as responding to 3,145 calls for services of non-criminal complaints. Officers investigated 56 burglaries, an increase from the 48 cases initiated in the previous fiscal year. Theft and unauthorized entry into motor vehicle cases decreased to 141 from 186 the previous fiscal year.

The district received 692 court documents and served 591 court documents.

Community Policing officers continue to work with Neighborhood Watch groups in Discovery Harbor, the Green Sands subdivi­sion and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates to maintain community support and aware­ness. They were also involved in the teaching of DARE classes, school presentations on anti-bullying, Kaʻū Christmas Keiki ID, ad­dressing the district’s homeless occupation of vacant homes and former business buildings, and presentations to the elderly on property crime prevention and scams.

The Kaʻū District is bounded by the Kona District at Kaulanamaua and the Puna District at Keauhou Landing. Its police station is located at 95-5353 Māmālahoa Highway in Nāʻālehu.

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Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU)

Commanders: Area I —Sgt. Christopher Gali • Area II – Acting Sgt. Justin Hooser

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is split into two divisions consisting of Area I and Area II. They are charged with investigating traffic crashes involving death or serious injury while conducting traf­fic enforcement and training related to traffic enforcement and investigation.

In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, Area I inves­tigated two fatal crashes that killed two people. One of those fatal crashes involved drugs and the other involved both drugs and alcohol.

Area I TEU officers conducted 84 DUI sobriety checkpoints, arrested 142 drivers who were under the influence of intoxicants, and conducted 91 seat belt and distracted driver checkpoints. The officers also issued 4,046 moving citations, of which 1,089 were for speeding. They issued 2,091 regulatory cita­tions and made 91 other arrests.

Area II TEU officers investigated 13 fatal crashes that killed 16 people. Eight of those fatal crashes occurred between January and June 2015. Six of them involved both alcohol and drugs. Alcohol alone was a factor in three of the fatal crashes and drugs alone were a factor in three of the fatal crashes.

Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit con­ducted 69 DUI sobriet y checkpoints and arrested 45 drivers who were under the influ­ence of an intoxicant. They also conducted 37 seat belt and distracted driver checkpoints and issued 266 seat belt citations, 60 child restraint citations and 110 mobile electronic device citations. They issued 4,600 citations of which 1,182 were moving citations, 2,248 were speeding citations, 563 were regulatory citations, six were loud muffler citations, three were boom box citations, two were littering citations, 23 were parking citations, two were abandoned vehicle citations, and 134 were unsafe motor vehicle citations. Area II TEU Officers also made 43 other arrests.

Fatal Traffic Crashes
Alcohol related—3
Drug related—4
Drug and alcohol related—7
Not impaired—1

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The following grants were funded by state or federa l agencies during Fiscal Year 2014–2015:

‘Click It or Ticket’ Basketball

To increase the number of youths and adults being informed or educated regarding the im­portance of wearing a seat belt and restraining young children in a child safety seat during “Click It or Ticket” events. To reduce fatalities and injuries to occupants aged 17 and under during motor vehicle collisions. This was accomplished by improving awareness of state laws to increase the seat belt usage rate of youths and teens ages 4–17.

DATA Grant

To establish a statewide traffic data system and ensure compliance with national standards.

Hawaiʻi Impact

To combat the methamphetamine (“ice”) drug problem in the County of Hawaiʻi by con­ducting various “sting” operations.

Hawaiʻi Narcotics Task Force

To assist with the interdiction of drugs within the County of Hawaiʻi via the apprehension/arrest/conviction of individuals smuggling narcotics into, out of and within the County of Hawaiʻi.

Roadblock Grant

To reduce the number of alcohol-related fatalities and injuries, increase public awareness and provide a constant deterrence against impaired driving.

Seat Belt Enforcement Grant

To reduce fatalities and injuries to front-seat occupants and rear-seat occupants by increasing the usage rate of seat belts.

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Speed Enforcement Grant

To reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions resulting in injuries and fatalities caused by speeding drivers.

Traffic Investigations

To increase the number of officers trained in advanced traffic accident reconstruction and other traffic crash related courses.

Aggressive Driving

To reduce fatalities and injuries, increase public awareness and provide a constant deterrence against aggressive driving.


To improve Hawaiʻi County’s response to violent sex crimes, physical abuse and crimes of violence against women.

Specialized Investigative Training

To improve the Police Department’s ability to respond to violent crimes against women through ongoing specialized training.

Distracted Driving

To reduce the number of drivers using an electronic mobile device while operating a motor vehicle.

Basic Needs to Improve Forensic Services in Hawaiʻi

To improve and enhance the quality of Hawaiʻi County forensic services.

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner

To improve Hawaiʻi County’s response to violent crimes against women.

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Youth Deterrence

To reduce the number of underage individuals operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol and illegally drinking in public areas.


To provide additional support to the Police Department and various communities to assist in the prevention of crimes. This shall be accomplished by providing Neighborhood Watch programs, Business Watch programs, home security inspections and by working with the schools on programs such as anti-bullying campaigns.

Tobacco Sales to Minors

To provide continued enforcement of the state law prohibiting tobacco sales to minors in the County of Hawaiʻi.

Wrongful Conviction Project

To improve Hawaiʻi County’s response to Wrongful Conviction allegations by purchasing recording equipment and using related technology for recording custodial interrogations of individuals by law enforcement.

Police Detective Training

To train investigative personnel in the Criminal Investigations Division in the prosecution of murder and serious violent crimes.

2011 Justice Assistance Grant

To purchase a trailer to transport training materials and mats to outer districts and purchase audio and video equipment for training which will allow the department to produce in-house training videos.

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The following are the budget figures for Fiscal Year 2014–2015:

Personnel Services

Salaries and wages, straight time—$39,680,217

Salaries and wages, other—$3,355,875

Other current expenses

Contractual services—$8,683,227

Materials and supplies—$2,551,305

Other charges—$163,834


Miscellaneous accounts$ 1,019,496

Grants funded—$1,899,739


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Personnel Changes

New Hires

Sheldon M . Adviento, Police Officer I  TEMP
Hauoli O. Aiona, Accountant IV
Lisa A. Akana (name later changed to Lisa A. Nuniez), Human Resources Specialist II
Tristin C. K. Allen, Police Officer I TEMP
Shanna L . Badon-Dellomes, Police Radio Dispatcher I
Christopher R. Barto, Police Officer I  TEMP
Joshua K. Baumgarner, Police Officer I TEMP
Christy J. Bradley, School Crossing Guard
Claude A. Caravalho, Storekeeper
Roger W. B. Carvalho, Police Officer I  TEMP
Adam M. K. Cho, Police Officer I TEMP
Michael L. Collings, Police Officer I TEMP
Carolyn S. Coolidge, Clerk III
Christopher K . Derasin , Police Radio Dispatcher I
Alric A. Dalere, Police Officer I TEMP
Camillia C. S. Elayyan, Police Radio Dispatcher I
Dehann L . Feldmann, School Crossing Guard
Christopher J. K. Fukumoto, Police Officer I TEMP
Wilson A. Gani, Police Officer I TEMP
Jennifer N. Gilliam, Police Radio Dispatcher I
Paige E. Green, Evidence Specialist I
Clifton J. Handy, Clerk III
Gavin N. Heyworth, Police Officer II
Matthew L. Iaukea, Information Systems Analyst V
Conrad S. K. Iranon, Police Officer I TEMP
Torey D. Keltner, Police Radio Dispatcher I
Tasha Ann N. Kamohai, Clerk III
Benjamin T. Koehler, Police Officer I TEMP
Brian H. Kohara, Police Officer I TEMP
Christine N. Lawler, Criminalist I
Chance K . Lunsford , Police Officer I TEMP
Leanne M. Matsuo, Account Clerk
Cherye S. Merseburgh, Police Radio Dispatcher I
Alipate M. Moleni, Police Officer I TEMP
George S. Moore, School Crossing Guard
Vicente N. Navor, School Crossing Guard
Sheri-Ann A. Okahara, Police Records Clerk
Keenanlee K. P. Ouranitsas, Police Officer I TEMP
Bryson K. Pilor, Police Officer I TEMP (formerly a Police Radio Dispatcher II)
Jason W. K. Rabang , Police Officer I TEMP
Ansel J. Robinson, Police Officer I TEMP
Christa A. Russell, Police Officer I TEMP
Shanell K. Sarsuelo, Account Clerk
Chad S. P. Sato, Police Officer I TEMP
Terence G. Scanlan Jr., Police Officer I TEMP

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Andy M. Schmid, Police Officer I TEMP
Marilyn D. Shigetani, School Crossing Guard
Andrew O. Springer, Police Officer I TEMP
Edward A. Stephenson, Police Officer I TEMP
Christopher R. Sugimoto, Police Officer I TEMP
Dayson K. Taniguchi, Police Officer I TEMP
Leeann P. Villa, Police Radio Dispatcher I (name later changed to LeAnn V. Tehero.)


Sharen Chaves, Police Records Analyst
Michelle K. Ka‘aukai-Perreira, Police Records Clerk


Pamela P. Caldeira, Police Records Analyst
Doreen K. Goya, Account Clerk
Paula Ann L. Jelsma, Police Officer II
Pegge M. Keawe, Police Radio Dispatcher II
Annette M. Kotomori, Clerk III
Curtis J. Malia, Police Radio Dispatcher II
Patrick H. Menino Jr., Police Officer III
Michael H. Oshiro, Storeroom Clerk
Sharon M. Sasahara, Police Records Clerk
Donna-Frances K. Street, Supervising Police Radio Dispatcher
Sandra K. Tokeshi, Information Systems Analyst IV
Deborah P. Warren, Police Radio Dispatcher II
Melvin M. Yamamoto Jr., Police Lieutenant
Paul L. H. Yoshioka, Storekeeper

Total Index Crime Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Index Crimes Cleared since 2005


Index Crimes—Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. However, due to a different method of counting, arson is not included in the totals of reported Index Offenses and Index & Part II Offenses.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported Index Crimes increased 21.7% in rate.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The Index Crime rate declined 26.0%.

In 2014, of the 7,182 Index Offenses reported:

  • Property crimes accounted for 93.6% (6,725).
  • Violent crimes accounted for 6.4% (457).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Murder Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Murders Cleared since 2005


Murder—The willful killing of one human being by another.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • The rate of reported murders fell 67.0%, with 9 murders reported in 2013, versus 3 murders reported in 2014.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The murder rate decreased 48.8%. Five murders were reported in 2005, as compared to 3 murders reported in 2014.

In 2014, of the 3 murders reported:

  • A firearm was involved in 33.3% (1).
  • A blunt object (hammer, club, etc.) was involved in 33.3% (1).
  • An unknown weapon was involved in 33.3% (1).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Rape Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

2014–Rape (legacy) 32.7
2014–Rape (revised) 20.7
Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Rapes Cleared since 2005


Rape (legacy)*—The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Assaults or attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force are included.

Rape (revised)*—Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported rapes increased 85.2% in rate. Rapes were only reported under the legacy definition in 2013, thus, the increase in rate per this definition was 13.3%.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The rape rate increased 388.1% mainly due to the addition of rape cases in 2014 under the revised rape definition. In comparing rapes that fell under the legacy definition, the rate increased 198.5%, with 18 rapes reported in 2005, as compared to 63 reported in 2014.

*Note: On January 1, 2014, the State of Hawaii began collecting rape data under the revised definition. The State of Hawaii will continue to collect rape data under the old, or legacy, definition for the next 5 years so that comparative trends can be established.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Robbery Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Robberies Cleared since 2005


Robbery—The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported robberies decreased 13.3% in rate.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The robbery rate declined 28.5%.

In 2014, of the 78 robberies reported:

  • Strongarm weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) were involved in 52.6% (41).
  • Other dangerous weapons were involved in 17.9% (14).
  • Firearms were involved in 16.7% (13).
  • Knives or cutting instruments were involved in 12.8% (10).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Aggravated Assault Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Aggravated Assaults Cleared since 2005


Aggravated Assault—The unlawful attack or attempted attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported aggravated assaults decreased 31.5% in rate.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The aggravated assault rate decreased 34.4%.

In 2014, of the 273 reported aggravated assaults:

  • Other dangerous weapons were involved in 34.8% (95).
  • Strongarm weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) were involved in 33.0% (90).
  • Knives or other cutting instruments were involved in 21.3% (58).
  • Firearms were involved in 10.9% (30).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Property Crime Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Index Property Crimes Cleared since 2005


Property Crimes—Burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime; however, due to a different method of counting, it is not included in the totals of property crimes, Index Crimes, and total Index & Part II Offenses.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported property crimes increased 25.8% in rate.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The property crime rate decreased 26.5%.

In 2014, of the 6,725 property crimes reported:

  • Larceny-theft accounted for 71.3% (4,795).
  • Burglary accounted for 17.8% (1,198).
  • Motor vehicle theft accounted for 10.9% (732).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Burglary Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Burglaries Cleared since 2005


Burglary—The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Attempted burglary is included.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported burglaries increased 4.1% in rate.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The burglary rate decreased 44.4%.

In 2014, of the 1,198 burglaries and attempted burglaries reported:

  • Burglary accounted for 98.4% (1,179).
  • Attempted burglary accounted for 1.6% (19).

In 2014, of the 1,179 burglaries that were reported:

  • Structures entered by force accounted for 63.7% (751).
  • Structures entered without force accounted for 36.3% (428).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Larceny-Theft Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Larceny-Thefts Cleared since 2005


Larceny-theft—The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported larceny-thefts increased 27.2% in rate.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The larceny-theft rate decreased 21.5%.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Motor Vehicle Theft Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Motor Vehicle Thefts Cleared since 2005


Motor Vehicle Theft—The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported motor vehicle thefts increased 71.9% in rate.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The motor vehicle theft rate decreased 17.7%.

In 2014, of the 732 motor vehicle thefts reported:

  • Autos accounted for 48.0% (351).
  • Trucks and buses accounted for 32.2% (236). Included in this category are pickup trucks and vans.
  • Other vehicles accounted for 19.8% (145). Included in this category are motorcycles, mopeds, and golf carts.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Arson Rate, Hawaii County, 2005–2014

Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Arsons Cleared since 2005


Arson—Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling, house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

From 2013 to 2014:

  • Reported arsons decreased 44.4% in rate.

Comparing 2014 to 2005:

  • The arson rate decreased 52.0%.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Age and Sex of Adults Arrested for Index Offenses
Hawaii County, 2014

Offense Sex  18-24 25-29 30-34  35-39  40-44 45-49 50-54 55+ Total Row %
Murder  M  0 0   0  2   1  1  0  1  5    100.0%
F  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0.0%
Rape M  1 2  4 1 1 3  4  3  19 100.0%
 F  0 0  0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0.0%
Robbery M 12 10 6 2 2 0 1 2 35 79.5%
F 2 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 9 20.5%
Aggravated Assault M 30 24 24 15 9 10 9 14 135 86.5%
F 6 5 5 0 1 1 2 1 21 13.5%
Burglary M 51 17 17 7 4 5 8 4 113 87.6%
F 3 2 5 2 3 0 0 1 16 12.4%
Larceny-Theft M 111 52 58 38 42 26 32 46 405 60.5%
F 62 40 37 44 24 18 13 26 264 39.5%
Motor Vehicle Theft M 35 21 8 16 10 4 2 1 97 75.8%
F 15 5 3 4 1 1 1 1 31 24.2%
Arson M 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 100.0%
 F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Total M 240 127 117 81 69 49 56 73 812 70.4%
F 88 57 50 51 29 20 17 29 341 29.6%
Column Percent M 73.2% 69.0% 70.1% 61.4% 70.4% 71.0% 76.7% 71.6% 70.4%
F 26.8% 31.0% 29.9% 38.6% 29.6% 29.0% 23.3% 28.4% 29.6%

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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Age and Sex of Juveniles Arrested for Index Offenses
Hawaii County, 2014

Offense Sex  0-9 10-12 13-14 15 16 17 Total Row %
Murder M 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0.0%
F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0.0%
Rape M   0 1 1 0 0   0 2 100.0%
F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Robbery M 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Aggravated Assault M 0 0 2 2 4  1 9  90.0%
F 0 1 0 0  0 0 1  10.0%
Burglary M 0 0 1 5 2 3 11 84.6%
F 0 0 0 0  0 2 2 15.4%
Larceny-Theft M  0 6  18 17 16 18 75 57.3%
F 0 3 19 11 13 10 56 42.7%
Motor Vehicle Theft M 0 0 1 0 2 4 7 77.8%
F 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 22.2%
Arson M 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Total M 0 7 23 24 24 26 104  63.0%
F 0 4 19 11 13 14 61 37.0%
Column Percent M 0.0%  63.6% 54.8% 68.6% 64.9% 65.0% 63.0%
F 0.0% 36.4% 45.2% 31.4% 35.1% 35.0% 37.0%

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2016). Crime in Hawaiʻi, 2014: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawaiʻi: Department of the Attorney General.

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