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Outstanding HPD Officers and Civilians Recognized
The 2014 Metropolitan Police Officer of the Year is Patricia Doronila. Officer Doronila is a ten-year veteran of the department and has been assigned to District 7 (East Oahu) since 2010. While in District 7, she identified and categorized various gangs suspected of numerous crimes. Besides gathering information, she shared criminal intelligence with other patrol districts to help in investigations. She has also met with suspected gang members' families to provide referrals and assistance. When Officer Doronila is off duty, she likes to spend time with her husband and daughter and volunteers as a mentor for Hawaii Special Olympics.
The 2014 Police Corporal of the Year is Grant Jhun. Corporal Jhun is a 17-year veteran of the department and is assigned to the Narcotics/Vice Division. Last year, he led an investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking ring that operated out of multiple locations, including Oahu, Maui, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee, and New York. The case involved partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and Maui Police Department. The joint operation resulted in the arrest of a Maui male for possession with the intent to distribute nearly 30 pounds of cocaine and the seizure of more than $300,000. Later that month, a package containing six pounds of crystal methamphetamine addressed to a Waianae residence was also seized.
The 2014 Sergeants of the Year are Michael Cusumano and John Haina. Sergeant Cusumano is a 25-year veteran and Sergeant Haina is a 23-year veteran of the department. Both sergeants are assigned to District 6 (Waikiki) Crime Reduction Unit, which includes three corporals and seven officers. The unit addresses large-scale events in Waikiki and street crimes. Last year, the unit made 57 felony arrests, 45 misdemeanor arrests, and 167 warrant arrests. Sergeants Cusumano and Haina helped to develop the department's active shooter lesson plan and have trained more than 800 police officers as well as personnel from the Honolulu Fire Department and the city's Emergency Medical Services Division.
The 2014 Detective of the Year is Eric Yosemori. Detective Yosemori was also named by The 200 Club as the HPD's 2014 Police Officer of the Year.
The 2014 Lieutenant of the Year is David Barnett. Lieutenant Barnett is a 22-year veteran of the department and is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. Using his technical knowledge and expertise, he led the department's efforts to create the Na Maka Web page and implement the automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology. Since its inception last year, Na Maka has posted 119 videos that resulted in the identification of 26 suspects and the arrest of 18 suspects. In less than one month, the ALPR system detected over 20 stolen vehicles and license plates. The system can also be used to locate vehicles associated with wanted and missing persons. Lieutenant Barnett also helped create a computer program that notifies patrol officers of wanted felony suspects. So far, there have been 28 felony arrests.
The 2014 Civilian Employee is Ms. Teresita Uyehara. Ms. Uyehara has been with the department for 17 years and has been a personnel clerk in the Human Resources Division (HRD) since 2004. She processes the paperwork for individuals applying to become a police recruit or police radio dispatcher. In 2013, Ms. Uyehara helped to process more than 1,200 recruit applicants and about 80 dispatcher applicants. She also created a scheduling system for sworn and civilian personnel assigned to the HRD's Career Center.