August 14, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video footage courtesy Hawaii County Police Department
After completing six months of intensive training, 13 members of the Hawaii Police Department’s 78th Recruit Class were recognized Friday (August 13) during ceremonies held at the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.
During the ceremony, the recruits heard plenty of wisdom from the veterans of the island’s justice system. Police Chief Harry Kubojiri told the recruits to treat the public with respect and to never compromise on integrity. Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida, who appeared on behalf of the mayor, told the recruits to ask themselves every day, “What have I done to make this county a better place?”
Once again appearing as a keynote speaker for the police recruits, Deputy Corporation Counsel Brandon Gonzales reiterated his past advice; that a major part of their job will be to change the public’s perception of police by establishing trust.
Recruits also heard from Police Commissioner Carol Ignacio and County Councilman J Yoshimoto.
Class President Justin A. Gaspar noted that the recruits come from backgrounds that include school teachers, salespersons, construction workers, students, security guards and Marines. Some already knew each other, he said, while others came from as far away as Washington State and Connecticut.
Three of the recruits received special recognition for their excellence in training. They were Class Secretary May Lee, who excelled in physical fitness training, Clive Okino, who excelled in academic training, and Clifford Antonio, who excelled in firearms training.
The other recruits recognized were Gaspar, Michael Abran, Josiah Coe, Donovan Hegarty, Corey Kaneko, Class Vice President Kupono Mata, Blayne Matsui, Daniel Murray, Jeremy Riddle and Peter Roan.