(BIVN) – Police Week festivities are underway on Hawaiʻi Island, scheduled for the week of May 14-20.
A formal ceremony was held at the Hilo police station on Monday, and included pre-ceremony entertainment and a tribute to Hawaiʻi County officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Police Chief Paul Ferreira, Mayor Harry Kim, officers and the public gathered to will pay tribute to “Officer Manuel Cadinha, who gave his life in 1918, Officer William “Red” Oili, who gave his life in 1936, Officer Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku, who gave his life in 1990, Officer Kenneth Keliipio, who gave his life in 1997, and Park Ranger Steve Makuakane-Jarrell, who gave his life in 1999,” the police department says.
“Police Week is a nationally recognized week of activities in support of police work and in recognition of officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty,” a police release states. “In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed every May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls in as National Police Week.”
Another event is planned for Tuesday, May 16th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Kona police station.
This week, station tours for all districts are being offered to the public. Station tours at the Hilo Police station will be on Wednesday, May 17th, with tours being held at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call Officer Van Reyes at 961-2264, to schedule an appointment, police say.