LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kaua'i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry, along with the County of Kaua'i Police Commission, recognized three officers for their outstanding service at last week's Police Commission meeting held at the Pi'ikoi Building.
Officers George Laccone & Whitman McCallum were recognized for their vigilance when responding to a report of an assault in progress.
Upon arriving to the scene, the officers stopped a vehicle attempting to flee the area and identified the driver as the suspect involved in the alleged assault. The officers determined that the male subject had committed the offenses of Family Abuse of a Household/Family Member and third degree Assault, but also noticed contraband in his vehicle.
Further investigation of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of weapons, drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, and a substantial amount of cash.
This is Officer Laccone's second recognition in two months. Officer Laccone was awarded the Officer of the Month recognition at the February Police Commission meeting for his effort on a separate case.
Officer Anthony Abalos was the third officer to receive a commendation Friday for his work during a routine traffic stop, when he observed marijuana in a vehicle. The driver was subsequently arrested and the vehicle was seized.
A more thorough search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of a firearm, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine, which resulted in additional felony charges for the offender.
"These officers exercised diligence in what were seemingly routine calls," stated Assistant Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau Ale Quibilan. "And their attention to detail resulted in firearms and a substantial amount of illegal narcotics being taken off our streets."
All three of the recognized officers are currently stationed at the Waimea substation, which patrols the district from Kekaha to Kōloa.