2009-2010 Annual Report (html)

Cover: Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2009-2010


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Hawaiʻi Police Department
County of Hawaiʻi


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Mission Statement/Vision Statement/Core Values-Page 2

Letter from the Police Chief-Page 3

Letter from the Police Commission Chair-Page 4

Hawai‘i County Police Commission-Page 5

Special Response Team-Page 6

Bicycle Patrol-Page 7

Community Policing-Page 8

Organization Chart-Page 11

Photos of Police Administration-Page 12

Internal Affairs/CIU-Page 13

Administrative Bureau-Page 14

Operations Bureaus-Page 18

Criminal Investigations Divisions-Page 19

Area I Patrol Districts-Page 27

Area II Patrol Districts-Page 31

Traffic Enforcement Unit-Page 35

Grants-Page 36

Budget-Page 39

Personnel Changes-Page 40

Statistical Tables & Charts-Page 42

Cover photo by Sandy Tokeshi


Page 2 — 2009 –2010 ANNUAL REPORT

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The employees of the Hawai‘i 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.

The Hawai‘i 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





Community Satisfaction

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Police Department

2009– 2010 Annual Report

Hawai‘i County Police Commission

County of Hawai‘i

Aupuni Center
101 Pauahi Street, Suite 9

Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720

Dear Commissioners:

I am pleased to submit the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Annual
Report for fiscal year 2009 – 2010. During this fiscal year,
we continued to make improvements to help provide the best
possible service to our residents and visitors. As in recent years,
we continued with ongoing state-of-the-art training for our officers and civilian employees.

Our officers continue to make progress in fighting the war on crystal methamphetamine and other
illegal drugs by using enforcement and preventive measures. At the same time, school resource
officers worked with schools to provide positive role models and teach curriculum designed for
school children — including anti-drug classes.

This fiscal year, we continued to hold monthly public meetings throughout the island. The meetings
allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with me,
the deputy chief, and the commanders who oversee police operations at the local level.

Another step toward improving our rapport with the community was through the expansion of
our Bicycle Patrol into West Hawai‘i. Residents continue to express enthusiastic support for our
officers as they ride through our island’s communities on bicycles.

The Police Department continued taking steps toward achieving the goal of gaining law enforcement
accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Thanks to
tireless efforts by our Accreditation Section, we are one year closer to achieving that goal.

We remain committed to enhancing our partnership with the public through community policing
and participation in neighborhood and charitable events. We look forward to working with our
neighbors to make the island of Hawai‘i a safe place to live, visit, and work.

On behalf of the men and women of the Police Department, I thank you for your continued


Harry S. Kubojiri

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Harry S. Kubojiri
Police Chief
Hawai‘i Police Department

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Hawai‘i County
Police Commission

The Honorable William Kenoi
Mayor, County of Hawai‘i
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720

Dear Mayor Kenoi:

In Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, the Hawai‘i County Police Commission
held 12 monthly meetings on a rotating schedule in Hilo, Waimea, and
Kona. Our commissioners had the privilege throughout the fiscal year
to attend community events and various functions that included recruit
graduation, Police Week ceremonies, commanders meetings, and the
Hawai‘i State Law Enforcement Officials Association Conference.

In May 2010, we had the privilege of hosting the Annual State of Hawai‘i Police Commissioners’
Conference at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. The conference theme was “Balancing Police
Responsibilities and Public Perception.” It was well attended by commissioners and police personnel
from all islands, and it generated thought-provoking discussions.

Although 2009 – 2010 was a very challenging fiscal year, our commissioners were committed to
their task and diligently worked with the chief and his staff to help the Police Department fulfill
its mission and vision statements.

I’m confident in saying that, along with my fellow commissioners, it is an honor to serve the
people of Hawai‘i County as Police Commissioners.


Donn S. Mende

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Chair, Hawai‘i County Police Commission
Donn S. Mende
Hawai‘i County
Police Commission

2009 –2010 ANNUAL REPORT — Page 5

Hawai‘i County Police Commission

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

The commission’s most important responsibilities,
as delineated in the Hawai‘i 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 County 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

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

Hire personnel necessary to carry out its

Evaluate at least annually the performance
of the police chief and submit a report to
the mayor, managing director and County

During Fiscal Year 2009–2010, the Police
Commission members were:

Carol Ignacio, District 1 — Hamakua

Anita Politano Steckel /Leroy J.
Victorine, District 2 — South Hilo

Donn S. Mende, District 3 — South Hilo

Louis Kaoiwi/Michelle Kualii, District — South Hilo

Ka‘ili Pe‘a-Ferrari, District 5 — Puna

Richard J. Behenna, District 6 — Upper Puna

Melvin S. Morimoto, District 7 — South Kona

Thomas P. Whittemore, District 8 — North Kona

Michael B. Sumja, District 9 — North and South Kohala

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Special Response Team (SRT)

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Lieutenant Burt Shimabukuro, Special Response Team commander, sits at the
controls of one of the SRT’s specialized vehicles as Sergeant Thomas Shopay
pops his head out the hatch.

The mission of the Special Response
Team is to support the Hawai‘i Police
Department and any other requesting
law enforcement agency with a response to
critical incidents.

Critical incidents are hostage situations,
barricade situations, sniper situations, high-
risk warrant service, and special assignments.
The team also provides security for visiting

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

The SRT’s incident commander, tactical
team, crisis negotiation team, and support
personnel conduct monthly scenario training
at different locations throughout the Big

From July 2009 through June 2010, the
Special Response Team responded to two barricaded
situations, served one high-risk warrant,
and conducted four security details and
a special assignment. The Special Response
Team is also tasked with managing the
department’s TASER® program and participation
in community outreach programs.

From its inception to 2009, the SRT responded
to 85 incidents.

SRT’s day-to-day operations fall under
the Administrative Services Division. When
the team was mobilized during Fiscal Year
2009 – 2010, its operations fell under the
command of the assistant chief of Area I

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Bicycle Patrol

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Community policing officers Jesse Kerr and Todd Pataray set off for bicycle patrol.

The widely popular Bicycle Patrol
expanded into West Hawai‘i in
2009 – 2010. The Area II Bicycle
Patrol was a welcome sight in Kailua
Village and at special events. These pedaling
officers developed a close working
partnership with the community, businesses
and visitors to Kailua-Kona.

At the same time, the Bike Patrol
presence in East Hawai‘i continued to
effectively address street level crime in
Downtown Hilo, Pahoa Town, and at
community events.

Officers on Bicycle Patrol focus on
liquor enforcement, drug enforcement,
traffic enforcement, parking problems,
public nuisances, pedestrian safety,
and safety of our visitors — especially
on days when the cruise ships arrive.
Bicycles give the officers the advantage
of speed, stealth, and the ability to conduct
surveillance. Bicycle Patrol reinforces
the department Vision Statement
of providing a safe place to live, visit
and conduct business.

The Bicycle Patrol Program has helped
not only to fight crime but also to offer
additional opportunities to build positive
relations with the community by making
officers more approachable.

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Community Policing

Commanders: Area I, Lieutenant Albert Jason Cortez / Area II, Sergeant William Souther

The people of Hawai‘i County continue
to embrace the Community
Policing philosophy. Its strategy is
to prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime,
arrest those who commit crimes, and provide
a safe environment through the use of
a proactive problem-solving approach and
established partnerships.

At the end of Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010,
the Community Policing section had 35 authorized
positions, including a supervising
sergeant in Area II and a lieutenant in Area
I. Of those, 15 positions were allocated for
community policing officers, six for School
Resource Officers, two for HI-PAL officers
and one for a civilian.

During the fiscal year, our community
policing officers, school resource officers,
and HI-PAL staff continued to pursue
partnerships with community groups in
a collaborative effort to address substance
abuse, homelessness, mental health issues,
crime, homeland security, lack of youth
activities, and numerous other issues.

The Area II Community Policing Unit
was tasked with the implementation of
the Special Enforcement Unit and Bicycle
Patrol to address reccurring problems, public
complaints, special events, and property
crimes in Kona.

Our school resource officers are stationed
at six intermediate schools throughout the
island and also reach out to students at many
feeder schools. The school is considered a
community within a community, and with
law enforcement present, it becomes a more
complete community. The school resource
officers wear three hats: law enforcement officer,
teacher, and counselor. They deal with
crimes on campus, teach classes to students,
provide presentations when requested, and
act as liaisons between the school and the
Police Department. These officers continue
to provide DARE classes, law-related training,
counseling and mentoring to students
daily, and are involved in school intramural

The Weed and Seed program endeavors
continued to be successful, with collaborative
efforts in Pahoa and the surrounding community
to provide crime prevention presentations
on topics such as identity theft, home
security, and drug recognition. Recently, a
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority grant was secured,

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some of which will fund the upgrade of Pahoa
Village surveillance cameras. For Fiscal Year
2009 – 2010, police efforts in and around the
site resulted in 218 arrests for various offenses,
including 10 liquor violations, 31 drug violations
and 49 violent crimes.

Our community policing officers regularly
attend Neighborhood Watch and community
association meetings to provide crime prevention

Other notable Community Policing/HI-
PAL activities included:

Merrie Monarch Festival

Downtown Hilo Ho‘olaulea

July 4 festivities

Keiki ID projects

Graffiti paint-over and
beautification projects

Sign waving projects that raise
community awareness about
domestic violence, child/vehicle
safety, and drug abuse

Downtown Hilo Neighborhood
Watch Aloha Patrol

Weed and Seed Steering Committee
meetings and activities

VASH meetings and activities

Bicycle Patrol in Pahoa, Downtown
Hilo, Keaukaha, Pana‘ewa, Kailua
Village, and at special events.

Kurtistown Family Fun Day

Mountain View Family Fun Day

Halloween Safety presentations
for parents and children

Aloha Patrol on Ali‘i Drive

Beach Sweeps on Ali‘i Drive at
county beach parks

Business Watch for Kailua-Kona

Abandoned vehicle beautification

“Meth” conferences

Community meetings

Station tours

Kailua-Kona Block Party

Illegal hunting education project

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During Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, community policing officers worked in partnership
with the following groups, resulting in the following outcomes:



Troy Barboza Torch Run:
Special Olympics track and field event competition

16 Department of Education elementary and intermediate schools:
DARE classes provided by SROs to about 2,900 students in grades 5 – 8

Pahoa Weed and Seed, Puna Action Team, Neighborhood Place of Puna, QLCC, Prosecutor’s Office:
Continued participation with the Weed and Seed project by stepped-up police enforcement and joining with various neighborhood groups in activities such as Springtime Jam, bike patrol, and a wrestling clinic/drug presentation for 100+ kids

Department of Parks and Recreation,pony baseball:
Memorial Day Baseball Tournament, State Baseball Tournament

Department of Parks and Recreation, Keaukaha Athletic Association:
Spring Basketball Tournament, “Click It Or Ticket” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Kea‘au, Halloween Havoc 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Keaukaha, Fall Intermediate Basketball League, Winter Basketball Classic

Department of Parks and Recreation, New Hope Hamakua, Kalaniana‘ole School:
HI-PAL Open Gym Night at the Papa‘ikou gym with various youth activities

Downtown Improvement Association, Planning Department, Friends of Downtown Hilo:
Continued work with “Envision Downtown Hilo 2025”

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: Police Department liaison

U.S. Marshals Service: Operation Falcon warrant sweep

Kona Coast resorts:Health Fair projects

Hawai‘i Fire Department:Fire Prevention Week activities

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Hawai‘i Police Department Organization Chart


Police Chief



Police Chief

Area I

Operations Bureau

Area II

Operations Bureau






South Hilo




Investigations Div.

Investigations Div.


Investigations Sec.

North Hilo




Investigations Sec.

South Kohala




North Kohala






Vice Section





Juvenile Aid


Juvenile Aid







Records &


Enforcement Unit

Enforcement Unit



Crime Lab


Traffic Services







Policing Officers

Policing Officers


Workers’ Comp

School Resource


School Resource










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Paul Ferreira
Deputy Police Chief

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Marshall Kanehailua
Assistant Chief

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Derek Pacheco
Assistant Chief
Area I Operations

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Henry Tavares
Assistant Chief
Area II Operations

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Paul Kealoha
Administrative Services Division

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Larry Weber
Technical Services Division

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Samuel Thomas
Operations Bureau

Area I

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Randy Apele
Operations Bureau
Area II

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Internal Affairs/CIU

Commander: Captain James O’Connor

The Internal Affairs and Criminal Intelligence Units report directly to the police chief.

Internal Affairs (IA)

Internal Affairs Mission Statement

The mission of Internal Affairs 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.

During the Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010,
the Internal Affairs Unit conducted
27 administrative investigations
and 82 internal inquiries into actions by
police department personnel. The detectives
also provided 36 in-service training sessions
to employees.

Internal Affairs also conducted
64 Quality Control and Compliance
Inspections (QCCI) of various elements
of the department to prevent the abuse,
misuse, fraud, and waste of department
resources. The goal of the QCCI is to
provide a safe working environment,
maintain a degree of government and
public trust, and prevent a financial or
libelous predicament while creating an
attitude of pride and discipline.

Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU)

During Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, the
Criminal Intelligence Unit provided intelligence
information, which in whole or part
led to initiating 84 criminal investigations.
The unit also submitted 401 intelligence
reports during this period.

The unit conducted 276 criminal history
investigations for prospective department
employees, other designated employees,
as well as prospective employees of other
county, state, and federal law enforcement

Officers from the Criminal
Intelligence Unit also conducted surveillance
and provided intelligence that
aided criminal investigation detectives
in successfully completing numerous
felony investigations.

The unit is a member of the national Law
Enforcement Intelligence Unit, the state
organization of Inter-County Criminal
Intelligence Unit, the U.S. Marshals Service
Fugitive Task Force, and is the department’s
liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Administrative Bureau

Commander — Assistant 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

The Administrative Services Division
includes the Finance Section,
Accreditation Section, Word Processing
Section, Public Relations Section, Human
Resources Section, Training Section, and administration
of the Special Response Team.

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

The Accreditation Section revised more
than 100 General Orders, wrote more
than 30 operations policies, and created an
intranet portal toward the goal of achieving
law enforcement accreditation through
the Commission on Accreditation of Law
Enforcement Agencies.

The Word Processing Center is responsible
for transcribing all narrative police
reports that sworn personnel dictate into a
digital recording system. Throughout  the
2009-2010 Fiscal Year, the Word Processing
Center worked long hours in an attempt to
keep up with the high workload. The Word
Processing Center is composed of one clerical
services supervisor, one assistant clerical
supervisor, and 14 clerk III staff members.
Their responsibilities include the processing,
transcribing, and routing to the Records
Management System all police narrative
dictations for timely prosecution. More than
33,000 reports were transcribed, totaling
more than 322,000 minutes of dictation.

The Public Relations Section is responsible
for maintaining the department’s website
and Nixle alerts, responding to inquiries
from the news media, managing the Police
Department’s Community Satisfaction
Survey, producing the cable access television
program “Hawai‘i Island’s Most Wanted,”
and publishing the department’s annual report
and employee newsletter.

The Special Response Team (SRT) is
mobilized for high-risk, tactical operations
involving barricaded suspects, hostage situations,
and high-risk warrant services. The
team also provides security for visiting dignitaries
and politicians. The SRT’s day-to-
day operations fall under the Administrative
Services Section. When the team is mobilized,
its activities fall under Area I Operations.

On March 1, 2010, the Police Department
filled all of its vacant, sworn positions. The
new personnel came from applicants who
were recruited the previous fiscal year during
an aggressive police officer recruitment
campaign run by the Police Department’s
Human Resources Section in cooperation
with the Hawai‘i County Department of
Human Resources.

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The Training Section conducted training
for two recruit classes (the 77th and
78th), consisting of a combined 26 police
recruits. These officers received a wide variety
of training. which included criminal
investigation, principles of patrol, interview
and interrogation, forensic sciences, constitutional
and citizen’s rights, understanding
of federal, state and county laws and a host
of other subjects pertinent to law enforcement.
In addition to the academic training,
police recruits received training in firearms
use, arrest control techniques, use of the
electronic control device and other related
physical training in preparation of becoming
a sworn police officer.

Also during this fiscal year, the Police
Department provided more than 7,913 hours
of instruction and training to its sworn police
officers and civilian employees. Topics of instruction
included supervisory training, customer
service, evidence collection and many
other specialized training sessions. To better
respond to the increasing number of internet
crimes reported by the Big Island community,
the department hosted three training sessions
related to the investigation of internet or
cyberspace crimes. To better protect and educate
the public about this growing problem,
members of the department’s Community
Policing and Community Relations sections
received training in making public presentations
to school children, community groups
and other interested individuals.

A primary focus of the training provided
by the Police Department during this fiscal
year was directed at enhancing the department’s
disaster preparedness and response
in the event of a natural disaster, terrorist
attack or other major incident. In completing
this ongoing initiative, command staff
and supervisors attended National Incident
Management training while all other sworn
personnel attended Incident Command
System Training. These programs are
mandated by the federal Department of
Homeland Security. They have been developed
to provide to police departments, civil
defense agencies, public safety personnel
and first responders from other government
agencies a unified and systematic response
to catastrophic events.

Technical Services Division

Commander: Major Larry Weber

The Technical Services Division is
in charge of the Communications
Dispatch Section, Communications
Maintenance Section, Computer Center,
Records and Identification Section and Traffic
Services Section.

The Communications Dispatch Center
continues to work with wireless service providers
to enhance the Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 system
deployed in April 2007. During Fiscal Year
2009 – 2010, the Police Department worked
with those service providers to deploy 545
new towers and 1,514 new sectors. Continued
maintenance of the data and cellular sites was
conducted through audits of the data provided
by the various wireless service providers. This
process includes updating the geographic information
system map layers and verifying the data
that is displayed during a live 9-1-1 call. That
helps the dispatchers determine the location of

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callers so they can send assistance to them. Nine
new layers were added to the existing Positron
mapping system and all of the previous layers
have been updated.

The Hawai‘i Police Department continues
to expand on the capturing of Pictometry
aerial mapping data. Expanded imagery will
allow dispatchers to provide the first responders
with information such as the terrain,
number of houses, heights of buildings. At the
end of the fiscal year, the Police Department
expected the complete data to be delivered
and available for use in December 2010.

During the 2009 – 2010 Fiscal Year, the
Dispatch Center received 119,751 emergency
9-1-1 calls, with 16.9 percent being
transferred to the Fire Department.
Requests for police service are made using
the 9-1-1 emergency call system, the Police
Department’s non-emergency telephone line,
and by reports directly to police officers or
at the police station. All such requests are
recorded, logged, assigned, and documented
by Communications Dispatch personnel using
the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
system. There were 181,843 CAD events that
documented such requests.

The Police Department continues to address
the issues associated with the Master
Street Address Guide (MSAG). A total of
2,434 transactions were completed during
the last fiscal year. Those transactions include
change of addresses, insertions/deletions of
street records, and customer change reports.

The Communications-Dispatch Section
successfully completed two Police Radio
Dispatcher recruit classes to increase staffing.
A third Police Radio Dispatcher class
began on June 1, 2010, and finished on July
31, 2010.

The Communications-Dispatch Section
received and processed 321 9-1-1 tape requests
from the public, Prosecuting Attorney’s office,
and police officers. In March 2010, the
Computer Aided Dispatch System (CADS)
was upgraded, allowing the ability to capture
additional data and also interfacing and
testing with the Police Department’s mobile
data terminals.

Scientel was selected as radio consultant
for the upgrade of the county’s
Land Mobile Radio system under the
Communications Maintenance Section.
Scientel recommended that the county deploy
VHF digital trunking technology for
future communication needs. Requests
for proposals were submitted for this
upgrade. The proposals all recommend
similar technology and overall coverage
will be improved.

The Police Department’s plan is to narrow-
band the existing VHF system by 2013
as mandated by the FCC. If the new VHF
digital-trunked radio system can be deployed
before the 2013 deadline, then we can retire
our existing system.

Scientel installed surveillance cameras
in Hilo and Kona, which aided in several
investigations. The department will be able
to appreciate their true potential once installation
of the surveillance cameras is complete
and optimized.

The department’s Computer Center
started connecting district stations along
the county’s INET fiber route to the INET
fiber network. Kea‘au, Pahoa, North Hilo,
Hamakua, South Kohala, and Kealakehe
were expected to be converted by the end
of 2010. The INET fiber is not available in
the Ka‘u, Mauna Lani, North Kohala, and
Captain Cook areas.

The department’s records management
system servers were upgraded to faster
64-bit machines that are also much more

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energy efficient. The software upgrade was
scheduled for the beginning of the next fiscal

The Computer Center staff assisted with the
following projects that were in various stages of

Police Mobile Data Terminal (MDT)

County MPLS network installation

Hawai‘i Integrated Justice Information
Sharing — Hawai`i Criminal Justice Data Center

Intergraph Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
software and hardware upgrade

Video camera surveillance purchase and
installation — HTA grant

Pictometry mapping solution for Dispatch

Word Processing Center system upgrade and

During the 2009 – 2010 Fiscal Year the Police
Department received $212,195 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 Big 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 speed regulations and illegal “outlaw”
road racing.

Other Traffic Services Section highlights:
102 road closure permits issued

629 violation letters sent out to motorists

78 school crossing guard checks conducted

112 impound letters sent out to owners of
abandoned vehicles.

By the start of the 2009 – 2010 fiscal year,
the Records and Identification Section had
completed the final phase that allows the Police
Department to send all criminal cases to the
Hawai‘i County Prosecutor’s office electronically.
Before March 2007, when the Records and
Identification Section began the first phase of the
electronic transfer process, the backlog of cases
was as long as a year. Now, all cases reach the
prosecutor’s office within a day or two after an
investigation is completed and approved.

In total, 18,353 criminal cases were sent electronically
to the prosecutor’s office during the 2009 – 2010
fiscal year. This has been a giant step toward serving
the public more efficiently.

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Operations Bureaus

Area I — East Hawai‘i

Commanders: Asst. Chief Derek Pacheco / Maj. Samuel Thomas

The Area I Operations Bureau includes investigative
and patrol operations in East
Hawai‘i. Its districts include Hamakua,
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 Hawai‘i

Commanders: Asst. Chief Henry Tavares / Maj. John Dawrs / Maj. Randy Apele

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

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Criminal Investigations Divisions

Commanders: Area I, Capt. Randall Medeiros / 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. Mitchell Kanehailua / Area II, Lt. Darren Horio / Lt. Gerald Wike

The Criminal Investigations Sections
investigate all major crimes, such as
murders, felony assaults, major property
crimes, and financial crimes. In addition,
CIS detectives respond to all reported
suicides, child deaths, and other deaths with
questionable circumstances.

During Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, the Area I
Criminal Investigations Section investigated
2,305 crimes. Of those, 889 were burglaries,
425 were thefts, and 386 were financial
crimes. In comparison with the previous fiscal
year, this represents an 11 percent increase in
the number of burglaries investigated, a 22
percent decrease in thefts, and a 10 percent
decrease in financial crimes. The overall solution
rate for Area I CIS this fiscal year was
72 percent.

Area I CIS detectives investigated one
attempted murder and three murder cases.
Detectives solved all of the cases by the end
of the fiscal year.

One of the cases involved the February
2009 fatal shooting of a 24-year-old woman
in Hilo. The investigation revealed that the
victim was shot by her 28-year-old husband
who subsequently turned the gun on himself.
The case was classified as a murder/suicide
and, as is standard practice, was forwarded
to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for

Another case involved the September 2009
murder of a 5-year-old child in Hilo. The
investigation revealed that the child died as
a result of “forceful submersion” after being
found unresponsive in her bathtub. There
was also evidence that she was a victim of
a sexual assault. A 30-year-old Hilo man
remains in custody for these crimes and is
awaiting trial.

Another case that brought domestic violence
to the forefront was a brutal murder of
a 38-year-old Mountain View woman who
was repeatedly stabbed on a busy Hilo thoroughfare
during peak traffic. Her 47-year-old
husband was charged with her murder and
remains incarcerated, awaiting trial.

Area II CIS detectives investigated 727
cases. These are some highlights:

Detectives conducted a murder investigation
involving the death of a woman from
California, who was vacationing with her
fiancé in Hawai‘i and staying at a resort on the
Kona Coast. On March 20, 2010, the 52-year-
old woman died after falling from the second
floor balcony of her hotel room. Other guests
at the resort reported to security that they
had heard a domestic argument coming from

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the hotel room prior to the woman falling.
The victim’s fiancé, a 58-year-old California
man, was arrested and later released pending
further investigation. The case was referred to
the prosecuting attorney’s office.

On April 24, 2010, Kona patrol officers
responded to a report of a stabbing at a
beach park off Ali‘i Drive in Kona, where
they discovered a woman in a pavilion who
had been stabbed in the side. The 42-year-
old woman had been visiting with friends at
the pavilion when her estranged boyfriend
approached her and stabbed her with a
knife. The 59-year-old man fled from the
pavilion, but police tracked him down and
arrested him. The victim recovered from her
injuries, and the suspect was charged with
attempted murder. The case was referred to
the prosecuting attorney’s office.

On June 11, 2010, Area II detectives
became involved in the investigation of a
reported robbery after Kona patrol officers
responded to a business on Napo‘opo‘o
Road in Captain Cook, South Kona, where
a 58-year-old visitor to the islands and her
63-year-old husband reported they were approached
by two local men while walking
in a small botanical garden. One of the men
brandished a knife and grabbed the woman
from behind, holding the knife to her throat,
and then removing the purse she was holding.
The second man confronted the victim’s
husband and punched him in the face. Both
of the suspects were seen fleeing the area in a
small sedan. A witness was located who saw
the sedan minutes after the robbery occurred
and was able to identify the driver of the vehicle.
Police located the vehicle used during
the robbery and executed a search warrant.
Detectives recovered the victim’s stolen purse
with contents from the vehicle. Both suspects
were identified and arrested for the robbery.
The case was referred to the prosecuting
attorney’s office.

Juvenile Aid Sections (JAS)

Commanders: Area I, Lt. Lucille Melemai /Area II, Lt. Glenn Uehana / Lt. Gilbert Gaspar

The Juvenile Aid Section is primarily
responsible for the investigation of
sexual assaults, domestic violence, and
other family-related crimes, as well as internet
crimes involving child exploitation. JAS also
investigates runaways, truants, curfew violators
and serious crimes involving juvenile
offenders. One officer in JAS is also trained
as a canine handler to assist in investigations
of missing persons.

The Juvenile Aid Section has on staff a
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
Coordinator — a nurse examiner who specializes
in forensic/medical examinations
of victims of sexual assault and domestic
violence. The SAFE Coordinator also actively
recruits other nurses to become certified nurse
examiners in the SAFE program to provide
these services throughout the island.

A Victim Services Assistant was on staff
in the East Hawai‘i Juvenile Aid Section. The
assistant analyzed data on reported crimes of
domestic violence and sexual assaults. In addition,
the assistant served as a liaison for the
department with social service agencies and
victims of family and sexual violence.

JAS is divided into three specialized
units: the Sex Crimes Unit (specializing in
sexual assault investigations), the Domestic
Violence Unit (specializing in domestic

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abuse cases) and the General Detail Unit,
which covers all other crimes related to juveniles.
The Area I Juvenile Aid Section also
has two detectives who have been trained
to recover digital evidence from computers,
mobile devices, cell phones, and other
electronic storage media.

Katie, a yellow Labrador retriever, is a
“scent-discriminating” tracking canine assigned
to Area I JAS. The national organization
Canines for Kids, Inc. donated Katie
to the Police Department in 2006, and the
Missing Children Center of Hawai‘i and
the Children’s Justice Centers of Hawai‘i
provided additional funding. Katie’s primary
duties are to assist in locating missing
children and Alzheimer’s patients, although
she may be called upon to trail criminal suspects.
Tucker, the Department’s first missing
persons canine, was retired because of health

During the 2009 – 2010 fiscal year, JAS
Area I detectives investigated 1,017 cases,
including sexual assaults, domestic violence
and related cases, and other crimes, such as
burglaries, robberies, and status offenses.

During fiscal year 2009 – 2010, the Area
II Juvenile Aid Section investigated 634
cases, including sexual assaults, domestic
violence and other crimes against women,
child pornography, and other juvenile related
crimes, including burglaries, robberies, thefts,
child abuse and neglect, and other status

On February 26, 2010, patrol officers arrested
a man and three juveniles after they
were observed operating a stolen vehicle in
Kailua-Kona. JAS detectives continued the
investigation and later determined that the
adult was responsible for 13 other cases,
including burglary, theft, attempted theft,
unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle,
and promoting a detrimental drug. The cases
were deferred to the prosecutor’s office. An
arrest warrant was issued for the suspect’s
arrest and he was subsequently arrested and
charged for all offenses.

On March 4, 2010, a woman visiting
from the mainland reported that while she
was on the island on February 27, 2010, she
visited a massage therapist for therapy. The
male massage therapist sexually assaulted
the woman during the therapy session. The
victim returned to the mainland, where she
reported the incident to local authorities.
JAS detectives continued the investigation
and were able to determine that the massage
therapist was suspected in other cases
with a very similar mode of operation. The
massage therapist was indicted on three
counts of sex assault involving three separate

On July 13, 2010, three male juveniles
who were clients at a therapy home in Ka‘u
were being transported in a vehicle when they
decided to escape. They overwhelmed the two
women workers in the vehicle by holding a
sharp object to one of their throats, stopped
the vehicle, and pushed the women out. The
juveniles then escaped in the vehicle toward
Hilo. The following day, South Kohala patrol
officers apprehended the juveniles in the
Waikoloa area. JAS detectives continued the
investigation and initiated 10 cases, including
unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle,
kidnapping, assault, terroristic threatening,
robbery, and runaway. All cases were deferred
to the prosecutor’s office.

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Vice Sections

Commanders: Area I, Lt. Richard Sherlock /Area II, Lt. Miles Chong / Lt. Sherry Bird

The Vice Sections (augmented by the
Ice Task Force and the Airport Task
Force in Area II) are responsible
for preventing and suppressing all forms
of commercialized vice activity, including
prostitution, gambling, and illegal trafficking
of narcotics. Special operations and
covert programs are in place to combat the
cultivation of marijuana and distribution
of illegal drugs. Federal and state grants
provide some of the necessary funding to
accomplish these objectives.

Crystal Methamphetamine—or “ice”—
continues to be the greatest threat to the
community and continues to be the focus
of the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Ice
Task Force, as well as the entire Area I and
Area II Vice Sections. Arrests for methamphetamine
trafficking have increased as
ice is continually being imported into the
community from Honolulu and the West
Coast by way of body carriers and parcel

The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Vice
Sections seized 1,875 grams of crystal
methamphetamine during the 2009 – 2010
fiscal year in its efforts to disrupt the use,
distribution, and importation of “ice” into
our county.

Between the months of July 2009 and
February 2010, concentrated efforts to
curb the importation of crystal methamphetamine
into the Hilo airport resulted
in five interdictions and the arrest of
seven “couriers,” male and female, from
Honolulu, California, and El Salvador. A
total of 548.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine
— $274,150 in street value — was recovered
as a result of these investigations.

An August 2009 search warrant served
on a property used as a day care center in
Hilo resulted in the recovery of 3.2 grams
of “ice” packaged for distribution, as well
as marijuana, pipes, and a digital scale.
A 52-year-old Hilo woman was arrested
and charged with methamphetamine trafficking.
Due to efforts by Hawai‘i Police
Department officers, the warrant was
executed when no children were present.
Nevertheless, parental sign-in sheets, day
care equipment and toys, and other documentation
were in plain view upon service
of the warrant.

In August 2009, after a month-long
investigation conducted by the Area II Ice
Task Force, officers from the Area II Vice
Section served a search warrant at a home
in Kailua-Kona. Officers recovered more
than seven pounds of powdered cocaine, 12
grams of crack cocaine, approximately 10
ounces of crystal methamphetamine, nearly
a half pound of marijuana, and four firearms,
one of which had been reported stolen
during a residential burglary earlier in the
year. More than $6,000 cash was seized for
forfeiture. The drugs had a combined street
value of more than $222,000.

In October 2009, officers from the
Airport Task Force received information
alleging that a 51-year-old man would be
smuggling crystal methamphetamine on a
flight from California to Kona that afternoon.
During the course of the investigation,
police served a search warrant on the
suspect’s bags and recovered approximately
seven ounces of crystal methamphetamine,

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almost four grams of marijuana, and nearly
two grams of powdered cocaine. In addition,
$1,600 in cash was seized for forfeiture.
The drugs had an estimated street
value of $25,000.

In October 2009, the Area II Ice Task
Force received information alleging a 24-
year-old Hispanic man would be transporting
crystal methamphetamine in a vehicle
in the Kona area. During the course of the
investigation, officers were able to locate the
man and develop further information that
led to the execution of a search warrant on
the vehicle. Officers executed the warrant
on the vehicle and recovered approximately
three ounces of crystal methamphetamine,
with an estimated street value of $10,500.

In November 2009, a four-month-long
investigation into a cocaine distribution
ring on the east side of the Big Island resulted
in nine felony cases, four arrests and
the recovery of 28.9 grams of cocaine and
3.9 grams of “ice.”

The abuse of pharmaceutical prescriptions
drugs—or pharmaceutical diversion—
has become an alarming drug threat
in the United States, and Hawai‘i County
is no exception.

The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Vice
Section reports that pharmaceutical
drugs — legally prescribed or diverted — are
present at 70 percent of its search warrants
executed for illegal narcotics. Most commonly
recovered pharmaceutical drugs
during these investigations are oxycodone,
hydrocodone, methadone, and fentanyl

The fact that the abuse or diversion of
these pharmaceutical drugs is being committed
by persons with legal prescriptions
makes these types of investigations that
much more difficult.

A 45-year-old Hilo woman was arrested
after Hilo Vice officers found her attempting
to sell prescription pills in the parking
lot of a local shopping plaza. Recovered
from her person were 756 methadone,
75 oxycodone, and 60 clonazepam pills.
The estimated street value for these pills is

In November 2008, Hawai‘i County
voters passed a bill for an ordinance making
the adult personal use of marijuana
the lowest law enforcement priority of the
Hawai‘i Police Department. The bill contains
wording that prohibits the Hawai‘i
County Council from accepting any federal
funding for marijuana eradication.

During the second year of this bill, the
Hawai‘i Police Department‘s Vice Sections
recovered 12,676 marijuana plants in spite
of the absence of eradication missions.
In Fiscal Year 2007–2008, the year prior
to the lowest priority bill, Hawai‘i Police
Vice Sections recovered more than 37,000
marijuana plants as the result of eradication
missions and commercial marijuana
cultivation investigations.

The funding formerly used to investigate
commercial marijuana cultivation and distribution
was tied into those same federal
grants, thus limiting the Vice Section’s
resources and tools to effectively target
commercial cultivation and distribution.
The Hawai‘i Police Department continues
to research and develop new ways to solve
the problem of commercial cultivation and
distribution of marijuana in the County of

In July 2009, officers from the Area
II Vice Section served a search warrant
at a home in Kailua-Kona, where officers
discovered an indoor marijuana growing
operation. Police arrested a 27-year-old man

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and a 22-year-old woman on suspicion
of commercial promotion of marijuana.
Continued investigation led to the service
of another search warrant at a home in the
Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision,
where officers discovered another indoor
marijuana growing operation. Police
recovered 137 marijuana plants, several
vials containing hashish, and nearly 20
pounds of processed marijuana with a
street value of more than $80,000. Also
seized were two automobiles and $8,650
in cash for forfeiture.

A man and woman from Thailand
were arrested in December 2009 after a
search warrant executed at a home they
own in Puna led to the recovery of 613
marijuana plants from a sophisticated indoor
growing operation using LED lights
to conserve power. Also recovered were
more than three pounds of dry processed
marijuana, 117.3 grams of psilocybin
mushrooms, three rifles, a shotgun, and
two pistols. Upon approaching the property,
the suspects indicated that they had
heard marijuana was legal in our county
and referred to three lone plants that they
had growing outside the house. A 56-year-
old Pahoa woman, who was caretaking
the home, was also arrested.

In January 2010, Vice officers arrested
a 42-year-old Volcano man after purchasing
a quarter pound of dry processed
marijuana from him over the internet. In
the ensuing search warrant executed on
the suspect’s home, vice officers recovered
80 marijuana plants from an indoor-
growing operation and seven pounds of
high-grade marijuana “buds.”

Another investigation of marijuana distribution
via the internet led to the arrest
of a 42-year-old Volcano man and his 54-
year-old girlfriend following the recovery
of 123.4 grams of processed marijuana,
and 54 marijuana plants from an indoor
growing operation at his home. The man,
who had a medical marijuana permit, was
arrested and charged with nine felony
counts of selling marijuana.

In April 2010, a year-long multi-
agency investigation of a Big Island sport
fishing businessman concluded with the
arrest of three men in connection with
several commercial outdoor marijuana
growing operations in the North Kona
district. This investigation was led by
the Area II Vice Section and assisting
agencies were the Department of Land
and Natural Resources, Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Drug
Enforcement Administration, National
Guard, Hawai‘i HIDTA, and Western
States Information Network. Search
warrants were also served on vehicles and
homes connected with this investigation.
This investigation began in mid-2009
after officers observed one of the growing
locations on Route 190 from the air
during a marijuana eradication mission.
Information was developed on the other
grow sites that were later found during
additional aerial reconnaissance flights.
All of the patches were located on separate
parcels owned by the state, encompassing
nearly 70,000 acres.

Officers from the Area II Vice Section
conducted subsequent surveillance of a
marijuana patch in the Kiholo area off
Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway and observed
three men arrive at this location.
Officers monitored their activities as they
spent approximately three hours tending
to the marijuana plants. The three men
were arrested after they returned to their

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truck with marijuana that officers had observed
them harvest from the patch. Later
that morning, police recovered more marijuana
plants from two other commercial
outdoor marijuana growing locations in the
Pu‘uanahulu area. Investigators had linked
the suspects to these additional sites, which
were identified in the early stages of this
eight-month-long investigation.

Four search warrants were served
during this investigation. Throughout
the course of the investigation, officers
recovered 598 marijuana plants ranging
in height from 10 inches to three feet,
approximately four pounds of dried marijuana,
3.3 grams of suspected hashish,
water tanks, pumps, hoses, and grow pots.
Three vehicles and more than $1,000 in
cash were seized for possible forfeiture.
The dried marijuana had an approximate
value of $20,000.

Abuse of Hawai‘i’s medical marijuana
laws, enacted in 2000, also were

A search warrant executed on a
Kurtistown home in June 2010 led to the
recovery of 211 marijuana plants, 146 of
which were located in an indoor growing
operation, and 2.5 grams of dry processed
marijuana. A 65-year-old female resident
of the property did indeed have a medical
marijuana permit as a caregiver in another
subdivision, where her marijuana was to
be grown. It was later determined that the
main suspect was her 28-year-old son, who
was also arrested at a later date after turning
himself in.

An investigation led to the recovery
of 178 marijuana plants, 1,444 grams
of dry processed marijuana, and three
firearms from a Mountain View address
that, according to the State of Hawai‘i
Narcotics Enforcement Division, had a
total of six medical marijuana permits.
It was determined that three people
lived on the property. They were subsequently
arrested for commercial promotion
of marijuana.

Vice officers belong to the statewide
Hawai‘i Narcotics Task Force and are
involved in joint operations with the
Drug Enforcement Administration,
Immigration Customs Enforcement, and
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives. The Vice Sections are also
a part of the Hawai‘i High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

Through the months of August 2009
to December 2010, the Hawai‘i, Maui,
and Kaua‘i Vice Sections conducted investigations
in their individual counties,
using resources, training, and funding
available solely due to the existence of
the Hawai‘i Narcotics Task Force and the
Hawai‘i HIDTA.

Operation “Treble Hook” concluded
statewide with eleven persons charged or
indicted on 34 felony drug trafficking
cases. “Treble Hook” led to the recovery
of 216.9 grams of “ice” and 58.9 grams
of dry processed marijuana.

The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Vice
Sections continually strive to identify,
infiltrate, and dismantle drug trafficking
organizations in Hawai‘i County from the
street to the highest level.

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Crime Lab

Supervisor: Criminalist III Kathy Pung

The Crime Lab’s Evidence Specialists attended
several fully grant funded training

Computer Forensic Training

Biological Fluids Workshop

Crash Data Retrieval

Death Investigation

GSR Training

In Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, the Crime Lab
completed work on acquiring a fully equipped
crime scene van and laboratory equipment
through grant funds provided by the Hawai‘i
County Civil Defense Agency. Evidence
specialists assigned to the Crime Lab worked
diligently to research specifications and vendors
to maximize the amount of equipment
and supplies purchased with grant funds. The
Crime Lab received a four-wheel-drive cargo
van on February 4, 2010. It is stocked with
equipment and supplies provided through
the grant funds.

Equipment and supplies purchased with
the crime scene van include:

2 laptops

10 SmartDraw Crime Scene Diagram
licenses (two for evidence specialists, eight
shared with police in Kona and Hilo)

Digital camera with accessories

Portable GPS


Outdoor lights


Metal detector

Trajectory kit

Photo kit

General purpose tool kit

Evidence markers

Handheld microscope

Two-way handheld walkie-talkie set

Mirror kit

Cast impression kit

Presumptive blood test kit

Handheld laser measuring tool, measuring
tapes, rose azimuth (for measuring large

Tent with accessories, folding table,
folding chairs

Coolers for evidence collection

Automated glue fuming chamber with

Four-foot downflow dusting hood

During this period, our evidence specialists
responded to 56 scenes and assisted
investigators from both sides of the island by
processing evidence, including constructing
diagrams and photo-documenting the scenes.
Six of these investigations were murders, three
were negligent homicides, four were suicides,
seven were coroner’s inquests later determined
to be natural deaths, and four were sexual

With the majority of the responsibility of
processing these scenes relinquished to the
evidence specialists, our investigators have
been free to proceed with other aspects of
their investigations that previously had to
be put off until investigators completed the
time-consuming process of documenting and
recovering evidence.

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Area I Patrol Districts
Hamakua District
Commander: Capt. Randy Apele / Capt. Mitchell Kanehailua Jr.

Area: 223 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 18
Hamakua Police ended the 2009 – 2010
fiscal year with a 29 percent increase
in burglaries, having 31 reported
burglaries compared with 24 the previous
fiscal year. Ten of the burglaries were cleared
for a clearance rate of 32 percent. Thefts were
down 24 percent from the previous year, and
the district had a 78 percent clearance rate for
theft cases. Traffic enforcement was a focal
point in the Hamakua District and, although
speeding enforcement was down compared
with the previous fiscal year, traffic collisions
remained the same, with no traffic fatalities
recorded for the year.

In September 2009, a man reported he
accepted a ride from another man. The
suspect demanded money from the victim.
After being told by the victim that
he did not have any, and while the victim
was attempting to leave, he was pinned by
the suspect’s vehicle and assaulted. Upon
completion of the investigation, Hamakua
officers arrested the suspect on charges of
robbery, kidnapping, assault, and driving
without a license.

Between February and March of 2010,
Hamakua officers investigated several reports
of an unknown person entering into different
vehicles and removing items from within.
During the investigation, Hamakua officers
were able to identify the man. They apprehended
him for eight counts of unauthorized
entry into a motor vehicle, fraudulent use of
credit card, identity theft, and theft charges.
The cases were pending trial at the end of the
fiscal year.

Between March and June 2010, Hamakua
officers investigated reports of someone
entering into parked vehicles at residences.
Through a lengthy investigation, and with
the assistance of a Hilo detective and many
concerned community members, officers were
able to identify and apprehend a male suspect.
The man was arrested for escape, resisting arrest,
unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle,
burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card, identity
theft, forgery, and theft charges. Officers
were also able to refer additional cases found
to be committed by the same person to the
prosecutor’s office. The cases were pending
trial at the end of the fiscal year.

This year also saw a change in district commanders
as newly promoted Captain Mitchell
Kanehailua Jr. replaced former commander
Randy Apele, who transferred to another
position, on April 16, 2010. The Hamakua
police captain also commands the neighboring
North Hilo District.

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

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North Hilo District
Commander: Capt. Randy Apele / Capt. Mitchell Kanehailua Jr.

Area: 144 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 12
In Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, the North
Hilo District had a 27 percent decrease in
reported burglaries. Theft cases were also
down, having 34 reported cases compared
with 39 the previous year. Officers cleared
10 of the reported 34 cases, for a 29 percent
clearance rate.

The number of traffic citations decreased
34 percent over the previous fiscal year. The
district also logged 42 major traffic crashes,
the same number as the previous year. There
were no fatalities.

Laupahoehoe Point Park continues to host
community events, such as the Laupahoehoe
Music Festival held in February and the
Laupahoehoe Point Memorial event in

The Laupahoehoe Point Memorial
event brings the entire community together
for a poignant reminder of the
devastation caused by the 1946 tsunami.
Students from Laupahoehoe School contribute
to the park by doing beautification
projects after the ceremony. Police
officers from the district take part in the
event every year assisted by community
policing officers from Hilo.

In April 2010, North Hilo officers responded
to a reported break-in at the Laupahoehoe Train
Museum. Upon arrival, officers located an 18-
year-old man inside the museum and arrested
him. The investigation revealed that the man
had broken into the museum and damaged
some items. He was charged with burglary,
trespass, and criminal property damage.

This year also saw a change in district commanders
as newly promoted Captain Mitchell
Kanehailua Jr. replaced former commander
Randy Apele, who transferred to another
position, on April 16, 2010. The North Hilo
police captain also commands the neighboring
Hamakua District.

The Hamakua District at Ka‘ala 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 Pu‘ualaea Homestead Road, in
Laupahoehoe, just west of the 25-mile marker off Old Mamalahoa Highway.

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South Hilo Patrol

Commander: Captain Kenneth Vieira
Area: 635 square miles/Authorized sworn positions: 82

The South Hilo Patrol Division is responsible
for patrolling the 635 square
miles that comprise the South Hilo
District. The district’s police station also
serves as headquarters for the Hawai‘i Police
Department. Additionally, South Hilo patrol
officers and community policing officers operate
out of mini-stations located at Mooheau
Bus Terminal, Clem Akina Park, Holomua
Street, Waiakea-Uka Gym, and Richardson
Ocean Park.

The East Hawai‘i Detention Center located
off the Hualalai Street entrance has housed
pre-arraignment detainees since July 8, 2003.
The Detention Center has 18 individual cells,
one observation cell, one padded cell, and two
large temporary holding cells. Two of the 18
individual cells are able to accommodate the
disabled. The staff of the Detention Center is
composed of five officers, a sergeant, and two
contracted security personnel per shift.

This district also ranks as the busiest in
calls for service and cases initiated by police
annually. South Hilo Patrol is staffed with
four lieutenants, seven sergeants, and 56
patrol officers.

During Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, the Hawai‘i
Police Department continued a partnership
with the State Department of Public Safety on
a program to reduce the large backlog of outstanding
bench warrants and other court documents.
The program used South Hilo Patrol
personnel and sheriffs from the Department of
Public Safety to create a bench warrant service
team. This program, along with focused efforts
of other South Hilo Patrol personnel, contributed
to the program being just as successful as
during the previous fiscal year. Police served
4,407 court documents during Fiscal Year
2009 – 2010, of which 1,657 were outstanding
bench warrants.

Also during this fiscal year, the number
of major traffic collisions in the South Hilo
District decreased by 124 accidents or 23
percent. This decrease is most significant as
it follows a decrease of 20 percent that was
realized during the previous fiscal year. The
District’s officers contributed to this decline
using focused enforcement of speeding infractions
at targeted roadways and intersections
that were identified as having a high incidence
of major traffic accidents. During Fiscal Year
2009 – 2010, South Hilo patrol officers issued
13,869 traffic citations, of which 1,608 were
for speed-related infractions. South Hilo officers
sought to reduce injuries and enhance
highway safety by prioritizing enforcement
of seat belt infractions. During Fiscal Year
2009 – 2010, South Hilo officers issued 670
citations to individuals who chose not to wear
seat belts.

During this fiscal year, the communities
within the South Hilo District reported 302
burglaries, a decrease of 25 percent from the
previous year.

In efforts to increase the safety of the
public driving our roadways, officers of South
Hilo Patrol arrested 305 individuals for driving
under the influence, a 46 percent increase
from the previous year.

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

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Puna District
Commander: Capt. Steven Guillermo / Capt. Samuel Jelsma
Area: 683 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 53

Fiscal year 2009 – 2010 was marked by
construction in the community. Late
2009 saw building projects under
way for both the Pahoa Police substation
and Woodlands Center, which is located
near the intersection of Kahakai Boulevard
and the Pahoa bypass highway. The center
houses a commercial drug store and several
restaurants and businesses.

On March 13, 2010, community policing
officers working under the Weed and Seed
project were partners in the Springtime Jam
2010, an alcohol- and drug-free family fun
day at the Pahoa Community Center. This
event lasted all day and featured local musicians,
a fashion show, and plenty of food
vendors serving ono food. A Keiki ID booth
was also set up to provide parents with an
opportunity to keep important identifying
information on their children on hand in case
of an emergency.

The lava flow that crossed over the Kalapana
Royal Gardens subdivision in 2008 continued
its flow into the ocean — an attraction that
drew thousands of spectators during visitation

On May 19, 2010, Puna Officer William
“Willie” Brown was recognized by the East
Hawai‘i Aloha Exchange Club as “Officer of
the Year.” As part of a burglary task force,
Officer Brown was honored for his outstanding
investigative skills that led to the arrest
of four suspects. Property was also recovered
in this rash of burglaries that had plagued
a Mountain View neighborhood. Officer
Brown was recognized for his dedication to
duty, which led to successes that enhanced
community confidence in the Hawai‘i Police

The Puna District showed a downward
trend in certain crimes, with an 11 percent
reduction in burglaries, a 20 percent decline
in reported auto thefts, and a 16 percent
reduction in other thefts. There was also a
7 percent decline in the number of traffic
accidents reported. This may have been a
contributing factor in the reduced number
of traffic fatalities in the Puna District, down
from seven in 2009 to two in 2010. Drug
crimes showed a dramatic drop of 38 percent,
from 514 reported cases in fiscal year 2009
to 318 in 2010.

This year also saw District Commander
Steven Guillermo’s 30-plus year career in law
enforcement end with his retirement on May
31. His command was assumed by Captain
Samuel Jelsma, who transferred from the
Kona Patrol Division.

The Puna District is situated between the South Hilo District at Papa‘i and the Ka‘u District at Keauhou
Landing. Its police station is located in Pahoa at 15-2615 Kea‘au-Pahoa Road.

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Area II Patrol Districts

North Kohala District
Commander: Capt. Richard Miyamoto
Area: 123 square miles/authorized sworn positions: 15

The community of North Kohala
showed an increase in some crimes
during the 2009 – 2010 fiscal year.
Reported burglaries rose from 28 reported
incidents to 39. Theft reports increased from
43 to 70 incidents and assaults rose from 24 to
36. Although the number of crimes reported
increased, the clearance rates remained about
the same as the previous year.

Traffic citations increased from 2,197 to
2,350 and may have attributed to the drop in
the total number of DUI arrest. Major traffic
accidents increased from 46 to 87, but none
resulted in a traffic fatality.

Our community policing officer continues
to work with the community on numerous
projects ranging from simple Keiki ID events
to the Kamehameha Day Parade. One of
his achievements is the culmination of the
first “Project Grad Night” event held for the
Kohala High School seniors. Almost every
member of the Senior Class attended the Grad
Night event. This all-night activity helps to
keep graduates safe on their graduation night.
Due to the event’s success, plans and preparations
were under way at the end of the fiscal
year for the 2011 Project Grad Night.

The North Kohala station continues to
submit news articles to the Kohala Mountain
News publication. These articles seem to be
gaining in popularity. Feedback and interest
from the community have been positive.

Some of the most significant events that
occurred during the 2009 – 2010 fiscal year

The Police Department’s community
meeting held at the North Kohala
Intergenerational Center, which gave the
community the opportunity to voice their
concerns directly to the police chief and his
command staff

The Kohala Reunion held during the
Fourth of July weekend at Kamehameha Park,
which attracted more than 2,000 visitors over
the weekend

The execution of a search warrant on a
home in Hawi, where officers arrested a man
and a woman and recovered 102 marijuana
plants, 340 grams of processed marijuana, 7
grams of hashish, growing equipment, and
$2,990 in cash

The North Kohala District is bounded by South Kohala at Kai‘opae and Hamakua at Honopue. Its police
station is located behind the Kamehameha statue in Kapa‘au at 54-3900 Akoni Pule Highway.

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South Kohala District
Commander: Capt. James Sanborn
Area: 688 square miles/Authorized sworn positions: 33The South Kohala District experienced
an increase in reported burglaries from
58 the previous year to 67. Given this
increase, the district realized a clearance rate
of 66 percent, which can be attributed to
some solid investigation by patrol officers and
Criminal Investigations Section personnel.
Our community policing officers took every
opportunity to raise the community’s awareness
about home security measures and other
crime tidbits through the district’s monthly
Neighborhood Watch newsletter.

Theft incidents took a slight decrease — from
318 in Fiscal Year 2008 –2009 to 312 this fiscal
year. A clearance rate of 48 percent can be
attributed to investigative efforts on the part of
patrol officers.

A rash of unauthorized entry of motor vehicle
incidents plagued the district this fiscal year with
83 cases reported, compared with 78 during
Fiscal Year 2008 – 2009.

Reported sexual assault cases were down to
24 as compared with 37 cases reported during
the previous fiscal year. Continued collaboration
with the Area II Juvenile Aid Section and other
social agencies servicing the district may account
for this decrease.

Reducing major traffic collisions has been
an ongoing effort in South Kohala and enforcement
has once again reduced collisions during
this fiscal year (114) compared with Fiscal Year
2008 – 2009 (124).

A total of 6,132 citations were issued, of which
1,532 were for speeding violations, 389 for seat belt
violations, 49 for electronic device violations, and
738 for unsafe vehicle violations.

Officers participated in a number of community
events, projects, and outreach programs.
During this fiscal year, our officers continued
their participation in the Keiki ID program,
which remains a favorite of the preschools and
elementary schools in the district. Officers also
participated in health and safety fairs hosted
by area resorts and other agencies servicing the
South Kohala community.

The most significant events occurring during
Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010 were:

Several brushfires in the vicinity of
Kawaihae, Waikoloa, and PuakO, where
residents needed to evacuate

A robbery in the Waikoloa Resort area
resulting in the apprehension of a male
suspect who was arrested and charged (the
case was routed to the prosecutor’s office)

Two robberies in the vicinity of Kawaihae
Road with a male suspect having shot
himself after the second incident

Fourteen incidents of unauthorized entries
into a motor vehicle in the vicinity of
Kamuela View Estates and the Waiaka
subdivision involving suspects from the
Hamakua district

The arrests of three juveniles involved in
burglaries at Waimea Elementary/Middle
School and Waikoloa Elementary School,
during which computers and other
electronic equipment were removed

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.

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Kona Patrol
Commander: Capt. Chad Basque / Capt. Samuel Jelsma
Area: 834 square miles / Authorized sworn positions: 78

During Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, both
Captain Chad Basque and Captain
Samuel Jelsma were commanders
for the Kona District, each of them bringing
their leadership experience from community
policing principles and traffic enforcement

Kona patrol officers continue to use community
policing techniques and philosophy
— a proactive type of policing — together
with crime reduction projects, traffic enforcement
projects, and special enforcement units.
This type of proactive policing has made an
impact in reducing criminal activity and
increasing traffic awareness.

Kona patrol officers and special enforcement
units continue to focus on violations
that contribute to traffic accidents. Officers
initiated 592 DUI related cases compared
with 609 DUI related cases the previous fiscal
year. Patrol officers issued 2,915 speeding
citations compared with 2,775 the previous
fiscal year. This proactive approach to traffic
safety led to a reduction of major traffic collisions
from 344 in fiscal year 2008 – 2009 to
314 in fiscal year 2009 – 2010.

The community experienced a rash of
property crimes for fiscal year 2009 – 2010.
Burglaries increased slightly to 233 reports
compared with 210 for fiscal year
2008 – 2009; however, that figure is still
much lower than the 332 reports in fiscal
year 2006 – 2007. Other property crimes,
such as thefts, resulted in 1,034 reported cases
compared with 1,164 reported cases for fiscal
year 2008 – 2009. Police logged 157 reported
cases of unauthorized control of a propelled
vehicle (auto theft) compared with 132 the
previous year.

In June 2010, the Special Enforcement
Unit was established to address property
crimes, reccurring problems, and specific
community and department issues drawing
from various Area II Operations divisions,
such as Community Policing, Patrol, and
the Criminal Investigations Division. The
unit used community policing philosophies
and strategies to reduce calls for service to
patrol and improve community satisfaction
and quality of life.

The Special Enforcement Unit continuously
analyzed information obtained through
intelligence gathering provided from the
community, merchants, officers, and other
sources to identify and detect criminal trends
for early intervention — which is crucial in
curtailing crime.

Unit team members review all intelligence
and formulate proactive approaches to the
identified problems.

The Special Enforcement Unit then accelerates
investigations to identify criminal activities
and expedite the identification of persons who
may be responsible for these crimes. This strategy
minimizes the number of property crimes
committed by those persons.

The Kona district occupies the area between the South Kohala District at Waikoloa and the Ka’u
District at Kaulanamauna. Its main police station is in Kealakehe at 74-611 Hale Maka‘i Place.

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Ka‘u District
Commander: Capt. Andrew Burian
Area: 700 square miles / Authorized sworn position: 18

During Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010,
Ka‘u officers investigated 75
major traffic accidents —a dramatic
decrease from the 109 investigated
in Fiscal Year 2008 – 2009. Along those
lines, DUI arrests rose by 31 percent and
the number of citations issued remained
steady at just under 3,400. As with years
past, the emphasis on traffic enforcement
was an attempt to curb traffic accidents
and make our roads safer.

Police officers were responsible for investigating
more than 1,300 incidents in
the Ka‘u District. Officers investigated 61
burglaries — down from 75 the previous year.
The decline can be attributed to a number of
factors, not the least of which is the continuing
active Neighborhood Watch group in the
Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision.
Also contributing to this downward trend is
the continued emphasis on patrol and traffic
enforcement in higher crime areas and
partnerships with the community to raise
awareness about crime prevention methods
for protecting their property.

The most significant events occurring during
Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010 were:

In December 2009, Ka‘u District officers
assisted Area II Vice officers in service of a
search warrant at a residence on Lokelani
Street in Na‘alehu. This was in response to
community complaints of drug activity and
increased property crimes in that area. A
small quantity of crystal methamphetamine
and marijuana was recovered, as well as
drug paraphernalia. Seven suspects were arrested
and charged in connection with this

In May 2010, through the combined
efforts of Ka‘u Patrol officers, Kona Patrol officers,
and Area II Vice officers, a male suspect
who was wanted for an outstanding warrant
of arrest connected to drug and firearm offenses
was located and arrested. The suspect
had been eluding police for several months.
Following the arrest, officers found probable
cause to recover the vehicle the suspect was in.
A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of
7.6 grams of heroin, 1.1 grams of morphine,
and related paraphernalia. The suspect was
subsequently arrested for numerous drug
related offenses.

Officer Dane Shibuya, a lifelong Ka‘u
resident, is the community police officer
for the Ka‘u District and continues to be
active in working with the community and
neighborhood watch organizations, as well
as assisting the community members in addressing
the problem of illegal dumping and
abandoned vehicle removal. He has done
an outstanding job in working to maintain
community satisfaction; he regularly
conducts Keiki ID, station tours, as well
as DARE classes for our youth.

The Ka’u District is bounded by the Kona District at Kaulanamaua and the Puna District at Keauhou
Landing. Its police station is located at 95-5353 Mamalahoa Highway in Na‘alehu.

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Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU)

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is charged
with investigating traffic crashes involving
death or serious injury while conducting
traffic enforcement and training related to traffic
enforcement and investigation. It is staffed by a
sergeant and seven police officers.

In Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010, TEU investigated
25 fatal crashes that killed 29 people. All but
seven of those fatal crashes involved alcohol,
drugs or both. Alcohol alone was a factor in six
of the fatal crashes, drugs alone were a factor in
five, and a combination of drugs and alcohol
was a factor in seven. (The previous fiscal year, 25
people died in 24 crashes. That year, all but five of
the crashes involved alcohol, drugs or both.)

TEU officers conducted 84 DUI sobriety
checkpoints, arrested 393 drivers who were under
the influence of intoxicants, and conducted 95 seat
belt checkpoints.

The officers also issued 8,109 moving citations,
of which 4,994 were for speeding. They issued
4,346 regulatory citations and made 315 other

On September 24, 2009, Officer Andres Fojas
was recognized by the Aloha Exchange Club of
East Hawai‘i as “Officer of the Month” for August.
Officer Fojas was recognized for arresting a man
who fled to avoid a DUI sobriety checkpoint in
Hilo on August 18. The man had drugs in the car
and paraphernalia associated with drug distribution.
He was charged with methamphetamine
trafficking, promoting dangerous drugs, and two
counts each of promoting a detrimental drug and
drug paraphernalia.

On May 6, 2010, the TEU received the
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawai‘i 2010
Law Enforcement Award. The Traffic Enforcement
Unit was recognized—along with individual officers
from the Honolulu, Maui, and Kaua‘i police
departments—for their outstanding work in the
prevention of impaired driving. The award was
presented at the 18th Annual Law Enforcement
& Youth Recognition Awards Ceremony held at
The Pacific Club in Honolulu.

On June 24, 2010, Officer Clarence Davies
was recognized by the Aloha Exchange Club of
East Hawai‘i as “Officer of the Month” for June.
Officer Davies was recognized for his outstanding
DUI and traffic enforcement during the month
of April. He arrested 13 drivers for driving under
the influence and issued citations for 12 moving
violations stemming from the DUI arrests. He
also issued an additional 123 speeding citations,
59 moving citations, 15 unsafe vehicle citations,
82 regulatory citations, 23 seat belt citations, and
three child restraint citations.

Fatal Traffic Crashes

Alcohol related – 6
Drug related – 5
Drugs and alcohol -7
Not impaired – 7
Total – 25

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The following grants were funded by state or federal agencies during Fiscal Year
2009 – 2010:

Click It or Ticket Basketball

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.


To administer the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) curriculum in participating
private and public schools.

DATA Grant

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

Hawai‘i Impact

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

Hawai‘i Narcotics Task Force

To assist with the interdiction of drugs within the County of Hawai‘i via the apprehension/
arrest/conviction of individuals smuggling narcotics into/within/out of the County of

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OHA Grant

To train and educate patrol officers in the areas of cultural awareness, crisis intervention,
homelessness, and mental illness.

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 and rear-seat occupants aged 17 and under by
increasing the usage rate of seat belts.

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training

To improve Hawai‘i County’s ability to respond to violent crimes against women — primarily
sexual assault — with associated intimate partner violence, physical abuse, and homicide with
improved medical and forensic examination services.

Speed Enforcement Grant

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

Statewide Marijuana Eradication

To assist with the interdiction of drugs within the County of Hawai‘i via the apprehension/arrest/
conviction of the individual smuggling narcotics into/within the County of Hawai‘i.

Traffic Investigations

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

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Victims Service Coordinator

To hire a Victims Services Coordinator to service the ongoing needs of victims of domestic
violence/sexual assault while the cases remain under investigation.

Aggressive Driving

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

Evidence Specialist

To fund two evidence specialist positions who will be trained in the latest techniques of crime
scene investigations.

SAFE Standby

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

Specialized Detectives Standby Pay

To improve Hawai‘i County’s ability to respond to violent crimes against women by funding
the standby detectives investigating those crimes.

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The following are the budget figures for Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010:

Personnel Services

$ 34,170,947

$ 3,531,920

Salaries and wages, straight time

Salaries and wages, other

Other current expenses

Contractual services

Materials and supplies

Other charges


Miscellaneous accounts

Grants funded


$ 8,259,485

$ 2,769,229

$ 562,314

$ 147,959

$ 768,200

$ 2,324,125


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Personnel Changes

New Hires

Aaron P. Abalos, Police Officer I

Michael L. Abran, Police Officer I

Clifford B. Antonio, Police Officer I

Jennifer M. Balderas, Police Radio
Dispatcher I

Steven J. Burkey, Police Officer I

Josiah S. Coe, Police Officer I

Alva J. Curry, School Crossing

Kaeo J. Drummondo, Police Officer I

Raynette P. Fukui, Accountant III

Justin A. Gaspar, Police Officer I

Cory A. Gray, Police Officer I

Donovan L. Hegarty, Police Officer I

LeAnn M. Kajiyama, Clerk III

Corey M. Kaneko, Police Officer I

Gregg A. Karonis, Police Officer II

Bradden T. Kimura, Police Officer I

May M. Lee, Police Officer I

Gene E. Maluyo Sr., School Crossing

Irvin E. Molcilio, School Crossing

Amy C. Masuyama, Police Radio
Dispatcher I

Kupono L. Mata, Police Officer I

Blayne M. Matsui, Police Officer I

Michael W. Matsumura, Police Officer I

Daniel Murray, Police Officer I

Shea L. A. Nactor, Police Officer I

Clive H. Okino, Police Officer I

Stephen J. Parker, Police Officer I

Blake M. Ragocos, Police Officer I

Jeremy M. Riddle, Police Officer I

Peter K. Roan, Police Officer I

Adrian C. Ruiz, Police Officer I

Michael K. Rutkowski, Police Officer I

Larry C. Schuldt, School Crossing

Tara L. Thornhill, Police Radio
Dispatcher I

Aron M. M. Tomota, Police Officer I

Gabriel D. Wilson, Police Officer I

Brett P. Winther, Police Officer I

Helene M. Wright-Setterfield, School
Crossing Guard

Danton K. Zimmermann, Police
Officer I

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Randy Apele, Major

Akira E. Edmoundson, Sergeant

Reynold H. Kahalewai, Sergeant

Mitchell Kanehailua Jr., Captain

Cory L. Koi, Sergeant

Sonya A. Taosaka-Kelii, Records Clerk

Marvin K. Troutman, Sergeant

Michael K. Riviera, Sergeant


Officer Gregorio Antolin

Officer Aubrey K. Auna

Sergeant Benton P. Bolos

Officer Michael A. DeCoito

Major John E. Dawrs

Officer Vance Z. Fujii

Captain Steven Guillermo

Officer Charles K. Keliipio

Police Operations Clerk Janice Kualii

Officer George R. Menino III

Police Evidence Custodian Dennis
H. Nojiri

Dispatcher Jarnell K. L. Osborn

Captain Duane J. Rapoza

Police Investigative Operations Clerk
Judith A. Taggerty

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Total Index Crime Rate, Hawaii County, 200-2009
2000 – 4,231
2001 – 4,593
2002 – 4,481
2003 – 4,561
2004 – 3,909
2005 – 5,030
2006 – 3,949
2007 – 3,680
2008 – 3,376
2009 – 3,535
Rate per 100,000 population

Percent of Index Crimes Cleared since 2000
2000 – 26.6
2001 – 24.1
2002 – 22.6
2003 – 21.2
2004 – 20.2
2005 – 17.8
2006 – 19.0
2007 – 20.8
2008 – 22.6
2009 – 23.1

Index Crimes – Murder, forcible 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 2008 to 2009:
Reported Index Crimes increased 4.7% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:
The Index Crime rate declined 18.2%.

In 2009, of the 6,211 Index Offenses reported:
Property crimes accounted for 92.5% (5,743).
Violent crimes accounted for 7.5% (468).
Hawaii County’s total Index Crime rate in 2009 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Violent Crime Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 – 159
2001 – 182
2002 – 143
2003 – 189
2004 – 182
2005 – 286
2006 – 253
2007 – 260
2008 – 251
2009 – 266

Percent of Violent Index Crimes Cleared since 2000
2000 – 87.8
2001 – 74.7
2002 – 71.5
2003 – 62.4
2004 – 50.3
2005 – 55.0
2006 – 51.7
2007 – 53.1
2008 – 51.2
2009 – 53.2

Violent Crimes – Murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

From 2008 to 2009:
The rate of reported violent crimes increased 6.2%

comparing 2009 to 2000:
The violent crime rate increased 67.1%

In 2009, of 468 violent crimes reported:
Aggravated assault accounted for 70.5% (330).
Robbery accounte for 14.3% (67).
Forcible rape accoutned for 14.1% (66).
Murder accounted for 1.1% (5).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Murder Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009
2000 – 2.7
2001 – 5.3
2002 – 3.2
2003 – 3.8
2004 – 1.9
2005 – 3.0
2006 – 2.3
2007 – 2.9
2008 – 2.3
2009 – 2.8
Rate per 100,000 population

Percent of Murders Cleared since 2000
2000 – 100.0
2001 – 75.0
2002 – 100.0
2003 – 66.7
2004 – 66.7
2005 – 60.0
2006 – 100.0
2007 – 80.0
2008 – 100.0
2009 – 60.0

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

From 2008 to 2009:
The rate of reported murders increased 25.1% (5 murders were reported in 2009, versus 4 reported in 2008).

Comparing 2009 to 2000:
The murder rate increased 5.8%.

In 2009, of the 5 murders reported:
Firearms were involved in 60.0% (3).
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) were involved in 20.0% (1).
Other/unknown weapons were involved in 20.0% (1)

Hawaii County’s murder rate in 2009 was the highest in the state of Hawaii.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Forcible Rape Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 – 35.6
2001 – 44.7
2002 – 22.6
2003 – 30.7
2004 – 54.1
2005 – 10.9
2006 – 38.0
2007 – 44.5
2008 – 44.4
2009 – 37.6
Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Forcible Rapes Cleared since 2000

2000 – 96.2
2001 – 82.4
2002 – 62.9
2003 – 83.3
2004 – 30.2
2005 – 66.7
2006 – 46.2
2007 – 42.9
2008 – 43.6
2009 – 21.2

Forcible Rape – 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.

From 2008 to 2009:
Reported forcible rapes decreased 15.3% in rate

Comparing 2009 to 2000:
The forcible rape rate increased 5.4%.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Robbery Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009
2000 – 36.3
2001 – 41.4
2002 – 31.0
2003 – 49.2
2004 – 33.3
2005 – 56.5
2006 – 51.4
2007 – 58.9
2008 – 41.5
2009 – 38.1
Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Robberies Cleared since 2000
2000 – 51.9
2001 – 54.0
2002 – 45.8
2003 – 45.5
2004 – 47.2
2005 – 39.8
2006 – 29.5
2007 – 39.2
2008 – 34.2
2009 – 41.8

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

From 2008 to 2009:
Reported robberies decreased 8.2% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:
The robbery rate increased 5.0%

in 2009, of the 67 robberies reported:
Strongarm (hands, fists, feet, etc.) robbery accounted for 65.7% (44).
Other dangerous weapons were involved in 14.9% (10).
Firearms were involved in 11.9% (8).
Knives or cutting instruments were involved in 7.5% (5).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Aggravated Assault Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009
2000 – 84.7
2001 – 90.7
2002 – 85.9
2003 – 104.9
2004 – 93.0
2005 – 215.7
2006 – 161.2
2007 – 153.7
2008 – 162.7
2009 – 187.8
Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Aggravated Assaults Cleared since 2000
2000 – 99.2
2001 – 80.4
2002 – 82.0
2003 – 64.0
2004 – 62.8
2005 – 58.3
2006 – 59.4
2007 – 60.9
2008 – 57.0
2009 – 61.8

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 2008 to 2009
Reported aggravated assaults increased 15.4% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:
The aggravated assault rate increased 121.6%.

In 2009, of the  330 reported aggravated assaults:
Strongarm (hands, fists, feet, etc.) accounted for 40.0% (132).
Other dangerous weapons were involved in 36.4% (120).
Knives or other utting instruments were involved in 15.8% (52).
Firearms were involved in 7.9% (26).

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Property Crime Rate, Hawaii county, 2000-2009
2000 – 4,162
2001 – 4,411
2002 – 4,338
2003 – 4,373
2004 – 3,727
2005 – 4,744
2006 – 3,696
2007 – 3,420
2008 – 3,125
2009 – 3,269
Rate per 100,00 Population

Percent of Index Property Crimes Cleared since 2000
2000 – 24.2
2001 – 22.0
2002 – 21.0
2003 – 19.4
2004 – 18.7
2005 – 15.6
2006 – 16.8
2007 – 18.3
2008 – 20.3
2009 – 20.6

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 2008 to 2009:
Reported property crimes increased 4.6% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:
The property crime rate decreased 21.5%

In 2009, of the 5,743 property crimes reported:
Larceny-theft accounted for 67.1% (3,855).
burglary accounted for 24.6% (1,415).
Motor vehicle theft accounted for 8.2% (473).

Hawaii County’s property crime rate in 2009 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Burglary Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 – 975
2001 – 1,011
2002 – 994
2003 – 919
2004 – 730
2005 – 1,116
2006 – 833
2007 – 798
2008 – 687
2009 – 805
Rate per 100,000 Population

Percentage of Burglaries Cleared since 2000

2000 – 21.0
2001 – 18.1
2002 – 15.7
2003 – 17.4
2004 – 16.3
2005 – 11.1
2006 – 12.6
2007 – 12.3
2008 – 11.4
2009 – 11.6

Burglary – The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Attempted burglary
is included.
From 2008 to 2009:
• Reported burglaries increased 17.2% in rate.
Comparing 2009 to 2000:
• The burglary rate decreased 17.4%.
In 2009, of the 1,415 burglaries and attempted burglaries reported:
• Burglary accounted for 96.0% (1,359).
• Attempted burglary accounted for 4.0% (56).
In 2009, of the 1,359 burglaries that were reported:
• Structures entered by force accounted for 57.2% (777).
• Structures entered without force accounted for 42.8% (582).

Source—Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2009). Crime in Hawaii, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.

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Larceny-Theft Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009
2000 – 2,929
2001 – 3,075
2002 – 3,012
2003 – 3,149
2004 – 2,725
2005 – 3,167
2006 – 2,508
2007 – 2,309
2008 – 2,159
2009 – 2,194
Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Larceny-Thefts Cleared since 2000
2000 – 24.0
2001 – 22.7
2002 – 22.4
2003 – 19.6
2004 – 19.7
2005 – 15.5
2006 – 17.6
2007 – 19.9
2008 – 23.5
2009 – 24.1

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

From 2008 to 2009:
• Reported larceny-thefts increased 1.6% in rate.

Comparing 2009 to 2000:
• The larceny-theft rate decreased 25.1%.

Hawaii County’s larceny-theft rate in 2009 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.
Larceny-Theft Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Motor Vehicle Theft Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 – 258.3
2001 – 324.2
2002 – 331.4
2003 – 305.0
2004 – 271.6
2005 – 461.2
2006 – 355.2
2007 – 313.2
2008 – 278.8
2009 – 269.2
Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Motor Vehicle Thefts Cleared since 2000
2000 – 38.8
2001 – 27.2
2002 – 24.2
2003 – 23.5
2004 – 15.7
2005 – 26.9
2006 – 21.1
2007 – 21.4
2008 – 17.3
2009 – 19.7

Motor Vehicle Theft – The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
From 2008 to 2009:
• Reported motor vehicle thefts decreased 3.4% in rate.
Comparing 2009 to 2000:
• The motor vehicle theft rate increased 4.2%.
In 2009, of the 473 motor vehicle thefts reported:
• Autos accounted for 40.0% (189).
• Other vehicles accounted for 35.9% (170). Included in this category are motorcycles,
mopeds, and golf carts.
• Trucks and buses accounted for 24.1% (114). Included in this category are pickup
trucks and vans.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.

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Arson Rate, Hawaii County, 2000-2009

2000 – 30.3
2001 – 28.9
2002 – 31.7
2003 – 30.7
2004 – 27.0
2005 – 19.4
2006 – 29.2
2007 – 45.6
2008 – 38.1
2009 – 15.9
Rate per 100,000 Population

Percent of Arsons Cleared since 2000

2000 – 17.8
2001 – 6.8
2002 – 14.3
2003 – 16.7
2004 – 4.7
2005 – 15.6
2006 – 24.0
2007 – 20.3
2008 – 17.9
2009 – 21.4

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 2008 to 2009:
• Reported arsons decreased 58.2% in rate.
Comparing 2009 to 2000:
• The arson rate decreased 47.3%.

Source — Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (2010). Crime in Hawai‘i, 2009: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports.
State of Hawai‘i: Department of the Attorney General.