HPD Announces 14 Promotions

October 30, 2019, 8:46 AM HST (Updated October 30, 2019, 8:46 AM)
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Hawai‘i County Police Department announced several promotions that will go into effect on Nov. 1.

The police department continues to experience an officer shortage with 47 vacant sworn positions. Officials said that number may increase as the department lost two recruits, another officer resigned, and two officers are retiring Nov. 1.

Fourteen individuals were promoted. They are:

  • Darren Cho — Detective, Area II VICE. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer III, Office of Professional Standards/Criminal Intelligence Unit.
  • Brian Souki — Police Sergeant, Area I – Puna Patrol Division. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer III, Office of Professional Standards/Criminal Intelligence Unit.
  • John Kahalioumi – Police Sergeant Area II – South Kohala Patrol Division. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer II, Area II – North Kohala Patrol Division.
  • Nelson Cacho Sr. — Police Sergeant, Area II – North Kohala Patrol Division. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer III, School Resource Officer – Area II – South Kohala Patrol Division.
  • Davy Kamali‘i Jr. — Police Sergeant, Area II – North Kohala Patrol Division. He’s currently positioned as
    Police Officer II, Area I – Puna Patrol Division.
  • Sheldon Nakamoto — Detective, Area II – Criminal Investigations Section. He’s currently positioned as
    Police Officer III, Area II – Juvenile Aid Section
  • Keith Simeona Jr. — Detective, Area II – Criminal Investigative Section. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer III, Community Policing Officer – Area I – South Hilo Patrol Division.
  • Joseph Passmore — Police Sergeant, Area II – South Kohala Patrol Division. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer III – Area I – VICE.
  • Kayla Makino-Kahuli — Detective, Area II – Criminal Investigative Section. She’s currently positioned as Police Officer II – Area I – South Hilo Patrol Division.
  • Jeremy Riddle — Police Sergeant, Area II North Kohala Patrol Division. He’s currently positioned as
    Police Officer II, Area I – Puna Patrol Division.
  • Kevin Brodie — Detective, Area II – Juvenile Aid Section. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer II, Area I – South Hilo Patrol Division.
  • Paul Mangus — Police Sergeant, Administrative Services Division – CALEA. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer III, Community Policing Officer Area I – South Hilo Patrol Division.
  • Aron Tomota — Detective, Area II – Criminal Investigative Section. He’s currently positioned as Police Officer III, Community Policing Officer, Area II – Kona Patrol Division.
  • Robert Wagner — Assistant Police Chief, Area II Operations Bureau. He’s currently positioned as Police Major, Administrative Services Bureau – Administrative Services Division.

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