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Commendations


Often the dedication of our officers and staff earn them commendations from the chief or letters of appreciation from the public.

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Below are links to recent commendations and letters of appreciation.

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Second Quarter 2020

Letters from the public

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Fourth Quarter 2016

Commendation from the Chief

Letters from the public

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Third Quarter 2016

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Second Quarter 2016

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First Quarter 2016

Commendations from the chief

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Fourth Quarter 2015

Commendations from the chief

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Third Quarter 2015

Commendations from the chief

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Second Quarter 2015

Commendations from the chief

Letters from the community

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First Quarter 2015

Commendations from the chief

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Fourth Quarter 2014

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Third Quarter 2014

Commendations from the chief

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Second Quarter 2014

Commendations from the chief

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First Quarter 2014

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 Fourth Quarter 2013

Commendations from the chief

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Third Quarter 2013

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Second Quarter 2013

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First Quarter 2013

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Fourth Quarter 2012

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Third Quarter 2012

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Second Quarter 2012

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First Quarter 2012

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Fourth Quarter 2011

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Third Quarter 2011

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Second Quarter 2011

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First Quarter 2011

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Fourth Quarter 2010

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Third Quarter 2010

Commendations from the chief:

Letters of appreciation from the public:

  • Officer Matthew Kaaihue for his keen observations while off duty at a football game, prompting a physician in the audience to make a quick assessment of the player’s condition and notify the emergency room that he had a serious injury.
  • Officer Matthew Lewis for doing an outstanding job while investigating a domestic violence case.
  • Officers William Brown, Daniel Rances, Scott Amaral, Sandor Finkey and Captain Samuel Jelsma for addressing complaints about illegal activities outside businesses in Pāhoa.
  • Officers Mike Thompson, Tyler Prokopec and Paul Mangus for bicycle patrols in Kailua-Kona.
  • Sergeant William Souther for his assistance on the issue of illegal commercial kayak vendors in Nāpoʻopoʻo.
  • Officer Bronson Kaliloa for his compassion and professionalism in assisting a Kamuela woman on more than one occasion.
  • Officers Romeo Fuiava, Wayne Kenison, Erhard Autrata and Chere Rae Lyons for treating a Hilo woman’s son with courtesy and respect when taking him to the hospital for medical treatment.
  • Officer Ellsworth Fontes Jr. for his kindness and understanding when a Pennsylvania woman left her pocketbook at the beach.
  • Detective Brian Miller for his prompt and efficient service in recovering a stolen computer.
  • Officer Jesse Kerr for helping to resolve a conflict at a public meeting.
  • Officer Edwin Buyten for his excellent investigative skills in helping prosecutors obtain a conviction in a drug possession case in which a man died of an overdose shortly after buying morphine from the defendant.
  • Officers Malia Bohol and Benjamin Nishimoto for their exemplary conduct in resolving a situation at the Hilo airport.
  • Officers Fetuutuunai Amuimuia and Blayne Matsui for their outstanding performance investigating the case of a five vehicles that were vandalized and had gas siphoned.
  • Sergeant Christopher Gali and Officer Clarence Davies for assisting the State Attorney General’s office in the investigation of a negligent injury case.
  • Officer Erhard Autrata for tracking down the owner of a camera lost by a visiting couple on their honeymoon and getting it to them at the airport before their flight left.
  • Reserve Officers Lenny Sugiyama, DuWayne Waipa, Thomas Waltjen, Lewis Wilson, Burton Yamaguchi and Paul Yoshioka for volunteering their time to support the Fire Department’s 10th annual Emergency Medical Services Week festivities.
  • Sergeants Craig Higaki, Sherry Bird, Scott Kurashige, Bradley Freitas and Officers Stan Haanio, Michael Hardie, Paul Mangus, Darren Cho, Jeremy Lewis, Robin Crusat, Denise Smith-Erickson, Greg Karonis, Mekia Rose, Tyler Prokopec, John McCarron, Brent Foster, Paul Bugado, Calvin Delaries, Jared Cabatu, Bryan Ellis, Kenneth Bugado, Robert Almeida, Nelson Acob, Jason Tominaga, Nicole Leyson, Lloyd Ishikawa, Robert Hironaka, Bobbie-Jo Sagon and John Pagay for assisting the U.S. Marshal’s Office with a Hawaiʻi Fugitive Task Force arrest operation in Kona and Hilo.
  • Officer Zenas Paul Pacheco for his personal attention when assisting the son of a Pāhoa woman.
  • Officer Colin Pacheco for assisting a UH Hilo student when his car broke down on Saddle Road.
  • Captain Mitchell Kanehailua and Officers Cory Hasegawa, Todd Pataray and Vernon Ferreira for their assistance at the Laupāhoehoe Point Project.
  • Officer Scott Amaral for his outstanding guidance and supervision during the 4th of July parade in Volcano.
  • Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. for promoting football agility and basketball clinics in Pāhoa.
  • Captain Andrew Burian, Lieutenant Albert Jason Cortez, Sergeant John Briski and Officers Frank Mohica, Jesse Kerr, John Stewart, Scott Amaral, Daniel Rances, Joseph Botelho, Nelson Acob, Nicole Leyson, Roylen Valera, William Brown, Robert Stewart, Shawn Tingle, Sandor Finkey, Vernon Ferreira, Todd Pataray, William Derr and Robert Almeida for participating in events for the Salvation Army.
  • Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. for providing coordinated events for youths.
  • Officer Dane Shibuya for his assistance with the Discovery Harbor Neighborhood Watch.
  • Officers Sandor Finkey and Scott Amaral and Reserve Officer Iris McGuire for their presence at a County Council meeting.
  • Officer Earl Haskell and Reserve Officer Randall Aurello for their support and assistance at a boxing club event.

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Second Quarter 2010

Commendations from the chief:

  • Officer Chris Correia for the excellent Field Training Officer training he conducted in January.
  • Police Radio Dispatcher Sabrina Hartz for the outstanding job she did calming a juvenile female during her calls for assistance while she was hiding from her attacker in the bushes.
  • Officer John Smith Jr. for his thorough investigative skills that led to the identity of a burglary suspect.
  • Detective Sean Smith for his outstanding investigative work and Sergeant Daniel Mlakar and Detectives Sherry Bird, Sharlotte Bird, Myra Iwamoto, Brad Feliciano, Chad Taniyama, Tyson Matsumura, Officers Edwin Buyten, Grad Elarionoff, Mekia Rose, David Matsushima, Bronson Acdal, John Balberde, Kevin Brodie, Jason Hamada, Gregg Karonis, Stephen Kishimoto, Randy Morris, Neil Shiroma and Kimmerlyn Makuakane-Jarrell for their collaborative efforts in the apprehension of an armed and dangerous suspect, which allowed the man’s 3-year-old son to be taken into protective custody for his safety and welfare.
  • Officer Dale Ku for helping to put out a fire on Kohala Mountain Road while the Fire Department was en route.
  • Officer Shawn Matsuda for getting a spare tire from his home to assist a woman who was stranded with her family along a busy highway after one of her tires blew out.

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First Quarter 2010

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