For his investigative efforts regarding a 34-year-old woman police say repeatedly victimized the Puna community, Officer Paul Rose was honored by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii as Officer of the Month for August during a ceremony Oct. 20 at the Pahoa Police Station.
The woman had been arrested six times in less than four weeks between late July and August for a variety of crimes ranging from terroristic threatening when she reportedly threatened to stab an elderly couple with garden shears to allegedly yelling and swearing at private homeowners and their children.
Police say on Aug. 21 she broke into two vehicles in a public parking lot near a government building, taking several items, including two firearms. A government employee called police when he saw the suspect standing near his truck wearing his rain jacket, which had been taken from within his vehicle.
Aware of her previous arrests, Rose worked long hours beyond his required shifts conducting a thorough investigation.
As a result of his efforts the woman was charged with 10 offenses, including two counts of each of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and first-degree theft, three counts of fourth-degree theft and three firearms offenses.
Every month the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii honors a police officer in East Hawaii as its Officer of the Month. Officers are nominated by their supervisors and a winner is selected.
All officers selected for Officer of the Month are eligible to be selected as the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii Officer of the Year.