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HPD conducting motorcycle escort training by airport


The Honolulu Police Department will be conducting motorcycle escort training on Lagoon Drive this morning from 9 to 11 a.m. possibly in preparation for another holiday visit for President Barack Obama and his family later this month.

Although the White House has not officially discussed the President’s holiday plans, the New York Daily News has reported residents should expect the Obamas to arrive in Kailua around Dec. 20 and stay until Jan. 5.

The Honolulu Police Department did not disclose the reason for the training, 

Obama has spent every Christmas, a total of six, in his birthplace since he was elected President in 2008.

The family usually rents a home near Kaneohe Bay, which is an easy distance to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where the family can access private beaches and workout in the gym.

During a visit by President George Bush in November 2006, police officer Steve Favella, 30, was killed after he and two other officers crashed near a bend along Hickam Air Force Base’s O’Malley Boulevard while escorting the president. The two other motorcycle officers were taken to Queen’s in serious condition and later released.

Favela died on Nov. 26, five days after the accident.

A Honolulu Police Department and U.S. Secret Service found no fault on the part of the officers involved and determined that they followed federal guidelines governing the protection of the presidential motorcade.

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