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Officer Arnold Named East Hawai’i ‘Officer of the Month’

May 29, 2015, 12:15 PM HST
* Updated May 29, 12:59 PM
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Officer Mark Arnold was named East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i.

The honor follows Officer Arnold’s investigation of a convicted felon who was being sought for reckless endangering, driving stolen vehicles, and violating terms of release on bail in a terroristic threatening case.

In order to locate the man, the 16-year veteran was assigned to a special enforcement unit that assembled on Jan. 23. Three days later, the suspect was arrested on Kilauea Avenue after a foot chase in Pana’ewa.

As Officer Arnold took the investigation lead, he reportedly built a rapport with the suspect and developed enough evidence to charge him with eight felonies and eight misdemeanors. Some of the offenses, which involved multiple victims across several Big Island districts, went before a grand jury.

“Officer Arnold showed the poise, knowledge, and experience of the seasoned veteran that he is, while still crediting the rest of the unit’s members for their assistance,” said Sergeant James Correa in nomination papers. “Officer Arnold’s dedication to community was first and foremost in these investigations.”

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Now that Arnold has earned the honor of “Officer of the Month,” he is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

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The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i conducts the East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” project.

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