Officers of the Month named

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii recognized Puna Patrol Officer Shea Nactor as “Officer of the Month” for April and South Hilo Patrol Officer Jared Cabatu as “Officer of the Month” for May. Both men were honored Thursday at a luncheon ceremony at Coqui’s Hideaway in Hilo.

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii recognized Puna Patrol Officer Shea Nactor as “Officer of the Month” for April and South Hilo Patrol Officer Jared Cabatu as “Officer of the Month” for May. Both men were honored Thursday at a luncheon ceremony at Coqui’s Hideaway in Hilo.

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Nactor was recognized for his investigation of a sexual assault that occurred during a sporting event in Puna.

Due to the nature of the crime and the unavailability of other officers at that moment, Nactor volunteered to stay after his shift ended to meet with the victim. He quickly obtained an accurate description of the unknown male suspect and relayed it to other responding officers before the sporting event ended. As a result, the suspect was quickly identified and located. The case was turned over to the Juvenile Aid Section.

Sgt. Robert Hatton, who nominated Nactor for the award, said Nactor showed patience and professionalism when dealing with the victim and her family and had a “compassionate demeanor” that had a calming effect on them.

“Without Officer Nactor’s attention, compassion and thorough investigation, the suspect may have never been identified,” Hatton said.

Cabatu, a three-year department veteran, was recognized for investigating a series of financial crimes.

In January, a woman discovered that someone had stolen her credit card and then used it to make 11 unauthorized purchases totaling more than $2,000.

According to Sgt. Allan Watanabe, Officer Cabatu volunteered for the investigation knowing that financial crimes can be complicated. His efforts led to the identity of a suspect, who turned out to be a friend of the victim’s grandson. The 20-year-old suspect was eventually charged with 15 felony offenses.

“Officer Cabatu is a true team player and does not shirk away from difficult investigations but prefers to tackle them head on, “ Watanabe said. “For a young officer in the department, he has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he is able to do complete and thorough investigations as demonstrated by this one.”

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As “Officer of the Month,” Nactor and Cabatu are each eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaii “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of Hilo.