HPD Graduates Six New Officers
The 85th Recruit Class of the Hawai‘i Police Department was honored on Thursday, June 15, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, surrounded by proud family members, friends and colleagues.
Graduates are Debney Jaramillo, Erica Carballo, Jarrin Okutsu, Bryson Arquitola-Takiue, Lawrence Yeung and Adam Hanes.
There were 14 who started out together, but only six made it through to the end under the watchful eyes of Sgt. Paul Fukuda, Sgt. Duffy Duldulao and Officer Daniel Rances.
Two of the graduates are female and four are males.
The master of ceremonies was Sgt. Reynold Kahalewai.
The invocation was offered by Chaplain George Kamakahi and speakers included Keith T. Morioka (police commission), Dabney Jaramillo (class president) and Tracey Wise (Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division).
Kamakahi and Wise spoke about the road ahead for the new officers and the great challenges and responsibility placed on their shoulders. They also thanked the families for all of their support and encouragement as the officer’s move into the field-training phase of their careers.
“The first challenge was to get 14-people on the same page,” said Jaramillo. “We were constantly prepped throughout our 10-month training period both mentally and physically; this was a humbling experience for us all. As we continue our journey, we would like to show our appreciation to our family, friends, training staff and instructors for their support and dedication.”
Their class motto is “Ka Ikaika Mālama me ke Aloha” (The strong serve with aloha).
The presentation of certificates and awards, badge pinning and the reaffirmation of oath was under the direction of Chief Paul K. Ferreira.