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April 14, 2004




                               NEWS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE NEW



Federal, State and City officials will jointly announce plans for the Honolulu Police Department to operate a district station for East Honolulu on property owned by the Hawaii National Guard (HING).  The new 3,600 square foot station district station will be located at 22nd Avenue near Diamond Head Road.   It will serve the area from Punahou to Makapuu and will also to be used to support Homeland Security for the State.  The HING’s Counterdrug and Drug Demand Reduction program will be located right next to the HPD station.


There will be a press conference at 1:00 pm tomorrow (Thursday, April 15th) at the future site of new station. Participating in the press conference will be Police Chief Lee Donahue; the Adjutant General of Hawaii, Major General Robert G. F. Lee; the U.S. Attorney for Hawaii Edward H. Kubo, Jr.; and City Managing Director Benjamin B. Lee.


MG Lee said, “By working together and sharing assets, the State, HPD and the U.S. Attorney’s office will make an impression on the fight against drugs and crime in the district.” 


U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo congratulated all the parties who made this goal a reality. “I would like to thank the State of Hawaii, the National Guard, the City and County of Honolulu, and the Honolulu Police Department for this important collaborative effort. Everyone’s goal is to protect our neighborhoods and to provide our people with the best available service we can give to them.”


HPD will operate from a trailer on the site beginning in October of this year until a new facility is built. Construction on the building should commence in the first quarter of 2005. Ben Lee also said that HPD will provide additional coverage for East Honolulu residents when it takes over half of the Hawaii Kai Satellite City Hall on May 1.



Thursday, April 15, 2004

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