(BIVN) – Police Week festivities are being held next week on Hawaiʻi Island, from May 13 to 19.
A public ceremony was held on Monday at the Hilo police station fronting the Ka Malu Aloha wall. Police paid 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.
A second ceremony will be held today, May 15th, at 10 a.m. at the Kona police station. Station tours for all districts will also be offered to the public during the week. Station tours at the Hilo Police station will be on Wednesday, May 16th, with tours being held at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call Sergeant Jason Grouns at 961-2269, to schedule an appointment.
According to police:
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. 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. In Hawaiʻi County, Police Week activities this year are scheduled from Monday, May 14, to Friday, May 18.