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Police Officer of the Year, Duane Samson

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Awards presented to Honolulu's Finest

As part of the HPD Police Week, the 200 Club presented awards for Police Officer of the Year, Reserve Officer of the Year, Police Parent of the Year, Civilian Employee of the Year, and Citizenship during a ceremony this morning to some of Honolulu's Finest.

The 2013 Police Officer of the Year is Sergeant Duane K. Samson. Sergeant Samson was assigned to the Community Policing Team on windward Oahu and recently retired after 25 years of dedicated service. His in-depth knowledge of community challenges, positive attitude, and leadership have provided the team with a solid foundation for success. By partnering with the community, Sergeant Samson and his team aided in countless crime-reducing measures, including community traffic awareness, school presentations, neighborhood security watches, citizen patrols, and beautification projects. Sergeant Samson also directed his team to take enforcement action where necessary, and his team made over 225 arrests and issued over 300 citations. In December of 2012, the Honolulu City Council issued a resolution recognizing Sergeant Samson and his team's service and commitment to creating safer neighborhoods.

The 2013 Reserve Officer of the Year is Christopher H. Sharrer. As a reserve officer, Sharrer is diligent, hardworking, and unselfish. Officer Sharrer has been patrolling west Oahu since 2010. He is also a 17-year veteran with the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD). Officer Sharrer distinguishes himself with his exceptional dedication to duty, the hundreds of hours he volunteers to the community, the professionalism he displays, and the additional assignments he performs without compensation. He is a generous individual who puts others before himself and is deserving of this award.

The 2013 Police Parent of the Year is Corporal Malo B. Torres. Corporal Torres and his wife Jennifer have three children, Saige, 12, Houston, 6, and Elijah, 1. Their eldest maintains good grades at Iolani School and is active in sports. Corporal Torres spends a considerable amount of time tutoring her with her studies and coaching her in basketball, volleyball, soccer and track. Their second child is active in judo, and Torres accompanies him to the dojo and trains with him at home. As for their youngest son, Corporal Torres is planning a career for him in the NFL as a linebacker. In addition to raising his family, Torres is a volunteer coach at Farrington High School and has been a mentor to both players and parents.

The 2013 Civilian Employee of the Year is Emily K. Ogasawara. Ms. Ogasawara has been assigned to the Information Technology Division for the past seven years and has been an outstanding employee. She received a commendation from the Department of Justice for her work in creating a language access policy to bring our department in line with federal standards, ensuring continued federal financial assistance. She also received a departmental commendation for removing e-waste materials to a collection site for proper disposal.

The 2013 Citizenship Award goes to Mr. Jerome Andrade. For the past 30 years, Mr. Andrade has been employed by Borthwick Mortuary as their senior funeral director. He has been a source of comfort to the families and an invaluable resource for the Honolulu Police Department when preparing final arrangements for HPD officers killed in the line of duty. He ensures that our fallen heroes are paid the highest tribute in a professional manner. Mr. Andrade also serves as the assistant treasurer/secretary with The Deputies, a non-profit organization established in 1972 to provide scholarships and sports equipment for the Police Athletics League (PAL) and Law Enforcement Explorer Program. Mr. Andrade also serves as a board member and volunteer with the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH). This organization assists visitors who fall victim to crime or other misfortune.

The 200 Club is an organization comprised of 200 businesses and community leaders who support the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD), especially during times of personal crisis.