Several members of the Honolulu Police Dept. and the community were recognized Wednesday morning for their exemplary service and dedication.
An awards ceremony was held in honor of Police Week and hosted by the 200 Club, an organization of 200 businesses and community leaders who support Honolulu’s police and fire departments.
“We have gathered together to recognize the men and women who continue to dedicate their lives, not only for their HPD ohana, but for their families and the community,” said HPD Chief Louis Kealoha.
The following people were recognized:
Police Officer of the Year: Detective Eric Yosemori
Detective Yosemori is a 21-year veteran of the department and has been in the Human Resources Division since 2007. He oversees the employee application processing for all civilian, contract, and volunteer positions. Last year, Yosemori processed about 120 individuals and more than 70 were hired. He is the lead person for departmental reorganizations, which involves drafting letters to various unions, amending organizational charts, and revising position descriptions. When he is not busy with administrative work, Yosemori can be found volunteering at his daughter’s school.
Reserve Officer of the Year: Timothy Antoku
Officer Antoku is assigned to the Community Affairs Division and been a reserve officer since 2009. Reserve officers volunteer at least 20 hours a month and are not paid. Last year, he volunteered more than 680 hours, far exceeding the 240 hours required. Antoku also volunteers and helps with his daughter’s activities at Punahou School and the Hawaii Ballet Theatre. He is also a volunteer coach for wrestling, baseball, and softball.
Police Parent of the Year: Lieutenant Richard Kellett
Last spring, Lieutenant Kellett and his wife became the foster parents of a baby girl and are currently in the process of adopting their foster daughter. The adoption process is daunting, but Kellett willingly complies and ably balances work and parenthood. He is in charge of the District 3 (Pearl City) Burglary-Theft Detail and the Misdemeanor Follow-up Detail. Under his leadership, the two units have apprehended countless criminals and have also successfully reunited numerous runaways with their families. Kellett is a 21-year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department.
Civilian Employee of the Year: Ms. Michelle Oki
Ms. Oki began her career with HPD’s Vehicle Maintenance Section in 1988 as a vehicle dispatcher and service writer. Due to her hard work, dedication, and experience gained on the job, she worked her way up the ranks and now oversees the entire section and its 42 employees. The VMS is responsible for maintaining and repairing more than 650 HPD vehicles, including marked cars, Cushmans, vans, paddy wagons, and motorcycles. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.
Outstanding Citizen Award: Ms. Dolores Mollring
For the past 34 years, Ms. Mollring has volunteered countless hours to the Chinatown and downtown Honolulu community. She belongs to the District 1 (Central Honolulu) Neighborhood Security Watch and 21 years ago helped start the Chinatown Citizens Patrol. Mollring also serves on the Weed and Seed committee that looks for ways to reduce crime in the Chinatown area and is the treasurer for the Downtown Neighborhood Board.