Honolulu police conduct escort training ahead of World Conservation Congress

Don’t be alarmed if you see increased police presence on the roads.

The Honolulu Police Department is gearing up for a big event that will bring many dignitaries to Hawaii.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress starts next week Thursday at the Hawaii Convention Center and Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

Police motorcycles and patrol vehicles will be responsible for escorting dignitaries during the conference, and officers are training for the job.

If you see a what appears to be an escort coming up behind you, police ask that you pull over.

“If you get stuck in traffic, again just be patient. Please be mindful of the officers out there directing traffic, if you can follow their directions, and the main thing is we want everything to go safely and have a safe training session,” said Capt. Stason Tanaka, HPD’s traffic division.

More training is scheduled Friday in Kapolei.

Officers will have to stop traffic as if there were really escorting a dignitary.

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