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Financial Crimes Detail, Corporal recognized

The spotlight was on the state's top cops, military personnel and security guards yesterday. They were recognized for their diligent work during the 29th annual Law Enforcement and Security Appreciation Banquet at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili. The Honolulu Police Department's Financial Crimes Detail (FCD), under the Criminal Investigation Division, was one of those recognized. The group received the Judge C. Nils Tavares Award, which recognizes local or federal law enforcement or emergency management organization in Hawaii. The detail solved more than 1,300 cases last year. FCD's primary duties are investigating forgery, credit card, computer white collar and other complex financial crimes and extradition. The detail also provides training and educational presentations to public and private groups.

Also recognized was HPD Corporal Michael Lemes. The 21-year veteran risked her life to save an elderly disoriented woman lost on a mountain trail in Kaneohe. Corporal Lemes hiked up the steep terrain in the dark and guided the woman, who was suffering from dementia, down the 100-foot cliff to safety.