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In wake of Orlando shooting, Honolulu police urge preparedness

HPD officers conduct active shooter training inside Windward Mall (Image: Honolulu Police Dept.) HPD officers conduct active shooter training inside Windward Mall (Image: Honolulu Police Dept.)
Terry Brewer, resident manager of Waikiki Grand (Image: Hawaii News Now) Terry Brewer, resident manager of Waikiki Grand (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Lt. Michael Cusumano of Honolulu Police Dept.  (Image: Hawaii News Now) Lt. Michael Cusumano of Honolulu Police Dept. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police say they are ready if an active shooter situation happened in Hawaii. 

"We train our officers to arrive fast, to assess what's going on and to take action," said HPD Lt. Michael Cusumano.

The shooting in Orlando that left 49 victims dead prompted HPD officers to meet with local businesses and agencies that serve the LGBT community, and offer information and safety tips.

"'It could never happen here,' we hear that all the time," said Cusumano. "We don't live in a world with the luxury of 'it's not going to happen.' It's going to happen because it's happened before."

In 2015, HPD began it's active shooter training program. Officers conducted an active shooter exercise inside Windward Mall a few months ago. 

"Our thinking is show up make a decision right or wrong, do it," Cusumano said. "The worst thing you can do is nothing and that's basically what we're teaching everybody, you have to make a decision."

HPD is also advising everyone to be proactive during a shooting.

Terry Brewer, resident manager of Waikiki Grand, is taking the advice.

"I met with the owner of our security company to see if there were things we could do to beef up and be sure we could be as prepared as possible," said Brewer.

Hula's Bar and Lei Stand in Waikiki says it's taking measures to increase safety. Among them, Brewer says they're considering installing a switch that would instantly shut off the music if there's an attack.

"In a crowded bar on a Saturday night you kill the music and it gets everyone's attention really fast," Brewer said. "So I think that's something that might have helped a little bit in Florida."

He's asking the community to stay vigilant and report any threatening or suspicious activity to police.

"It's going to be tough, particularly for the bar to recognize and know people as they come and go," said Brewer. "But we feel the community is our best foot forward, so we're going to make sure regulars in the building and the bar keep a sharp eye."

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