On Friday, the Hawaii Island Security and Safety Professionals Association honored Officer Cory Gray as its Officer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2020.
Gray was selected for his outstanding impaired driver enforcement, dedication to duty, professionalism and commitment to keeping the South Kohala district roadways a safe place for everyone to travel.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Kohala roadways have seen a drastic decline in vehicles; however, Gray’s dedication to keeping South Kohala a safe place to travel to and from has never wavered. He relentlessly travels throughout the district, enforcing the traffic laws and seeking out impaired drivers.
His vigilance and proactivity resulted in the issuance of 44 citations for various traffic infractions and the arrest of nine individuals for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.
Gray is a consistent leader in the area of impaired driver enforcement and he polices with compassion, integrity and professionalism, providing the highest quality of police service. It is often unpredictable how an intoxicated person who is under arrest will react during an investigation. Gray treats all people with respect, dignity and compassion, oftentimes de-escalating a potentially volatile situation before it reaches that point.
Gray embodies the Hawaii Police Department’s core values and displays them daily. Through his efforts, the South Kohala district remains a safe place to live, visit and conduct business, and he is well deserving of being honored as Officer of the Quarter.