McDaniel honored as Officer of the Month
The Kona Crime Prevention Committee honored officer Nicholas McDaniel as Officer of the Month for January during a luncheon ceremony Jan. 8 at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.
McDaniel was honored for leading the Kona District in number of arrests of impaired drivers in 2013. In nomination papers, Sgt. Grad Elarionoff said McDaniel made 10 percent of the DUI arrests for the entire Kona District, with his “C” Watch responsible for half of them. He credited McDaniel with motivating the coworkers on his watch. Elarionoff noted McDaniel didn’t limit his observations to drivers under the influence of alcohol. In September, while working a DUI roadblock, McDaniel observed methamphetamine in two separate vehicles, resulting in the arrests of three individuals and the recovery of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun and ammunition.
Elarionoff also pointed out islandwide fatalities were down significantly in 2013, as were fatalities involving drugs, alcohol or both. While he acknowledged there is no way to directly link the improved statistics to officer McDaniel’s efforts, “we all can agree that without enforcement, these lowered statistical numbers would increase.”
As Officer of the Month, McDaniel now is eligible to become Officer of the Year.
The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaii.
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