Crimestoppers Volunteers to the Rescue

Bertha Kaui
Bertha Kaui
Sgt. Kim Buffett
Sgt. Kim Buffett

HONOLULU (KHNL) - They are the driving force behind, Crimestoppers.

And no, they're not Honolulu Police Officers.

They are the numerous volunteers who boost the city's crime-fighting efforts as their "Random Act of Kindness."

You hear the number, 955-8300, here on KHNL News 8, whenever law enforcement agents need your help.

But what really does happen, when tipsters make that call?

Although it is a partnership with the Honolulu Police Department, "Crimestoppers" relies on volunteers.

Imbedded inside the department's Criminal Investigation Division, volunteers are close to the action.

"I want all of the people who live in the state to live in a safe place," says "Crimestoppers" volunteer, Bertha Kaui.

Crimestoppers gives out reward money to callers who provide key information that leads to an arrest, or a conviction.

But those calls could come at any time.

Organizers hope to expand its capabilities to have the phones manned, around the clock.

''We're trying to fill 24 hour shifts, so we are looking for volunteers," says Sgt. Kim Buffett, of the Honolulu Police Department. "Right now, we actually run pretty well into the night. But, we are looking for overnight and some weekends."

Kaui adds, "You feel good because you had a part in capturing that person and we get a lot of calls for drugs and I know a lot of people don't want that in their neighborhood."

The perfect motivation to keep these operators standing by.