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Police Week Awards

 

(Wed., May 18, 2011)This morning, Honolulu Police Chief Louis M. Kealoha announced the selection of Sergeant Lawrence F. Santos Jr. as the Honolulu Police Department's (HPD) Police Officer of the Year at the annual 200 Club awards ceremony.

 

                  Sergeant Santos has 28 years of service and currently supervises the District 1 (Central Honolulu) Weed and Seed/Community Policing Team.  He has organized dozens of sign waving campaigns, citizen patrols, and graffiti paint-outs and leads a team of passionate and enthusiastic officers who are committed to helping residents through original, innovative programs, such as Project tHink! and Aloha No Na Kupuna, that partner with private agencies and community organizations to help at-risk teens and seniors.  When they are not actively promoting community policing, Sergeant Santos and his officers assist with prostitution stings, truancy enforcement, and other operations. 

 

                  Mr. Curtis T. Maeshiro was named Civilian Employee of the Year for the second time in his 30-year career at the HPD.  As a Research Analyst II in the Information Technology Division, he has become the element's expert for projects involving design, layout, and publishing.  Mr. Maeshiro has worked on projects, such as the HPD leadership MAP and the departmental strategic plan and annual report.  He also helped the division's Mobile Computing Section with major projects and serves on the HPD Mapping Committee for the department's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Planning Group. 

 

                  Ms. Dana L. Nakasato, who works for the State Judiciary Information Management System, received the Outstanding Citizen Award for her work in assisting the HPD's transition to the electronic bench warrants system.  She taught employees in the Records and Identification Division's Warrants Unit how to use the new system and conducted several training sessions at outlying police stations.  In addition, she updated the Electronic Bench Warrant Training Manual and continues to serve as a consultant for the Warrants Unit.  Her dedication and accomplishments have tremendously improved the warrants system.

 

                  The 200 Club is an organization made up of approximately 200 prominent members of the community who actively support police officers and firefighters, especially during times of personal crisis.  The 200 Club also sponsors HPD programs and educational opportunities.