KAILUA-KONA — For 35 years, the Kona Crime Prevention Committee has been honoring outstanding police officers through its Officer of the Month and Officer of the Year awards.
Established in 1971, the committee supports the Hawaii Police Department in its efforts to prevent crime, deter potential criminals and enforce the law.
“They are part of our ohana, just like we are part of their ohana,” said Diane Blancett-Maddock, president of the committee. “Our police force on this side really shows the aloha. They treat people like they want to be treated, and they deserve to be honored for that.”
Each month, an officer is selected through a nomination by their superiors and honored at a luncheon. In September, the committee selects the Officer of the Year from the monthly honorees.
“The committee gives them an opportunity on a monthly basis to be recognized by Kona Crime Prevention, the Governor’s Office and the Mayor’s Office in a formal manner that shows our gratitude and appreciation for their special service in our community,” said Blancett-Maddock.
The recurring themes among the officers nominated is that they are active in the community. They serve as coaches, they work with youth programs and they have been influenced in their life in the same way.
“Time after time they tell us they had a good experience with a police officer when they were young and that shaped their career choice and they want to pass that along. We strongly believe that the officers in our community are invested in our community and we are invested in them,” she said.
Over the past year, officers Christopher Fukumoto, Adam Hanes, Bryan Ellis, Ansel Robinson, Pedro Cacho Jr., Conrad Iranon, Adam Cho, Tyler Meno, Devin Ah Chong and Jason Miyashiro have been granted the title “Officer of the Month.” Robinson earned the title twice.
One will be chosen as the Officer of the Year on Sept. 18.
Nominators heaped accolades on all of the officers nominated, highlighting investigations and merits that earned them the awards, but alas, there can be only one Officer of the Year.
“They deserve everything we can do for them,” said Blancett-Maddock
The awards luncheon gets underway at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Tickets are $45 per person and $30 for keiki.
For reservations, contact Liz Holey at 443-7708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.