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Citizens and police join forces in Waikiki amid tourism’s return

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                                Waikiki is the first police district to resume community policing since the start of the pandemic. This is part of a multi-pronged approach to address crime in the state’s top tourist district. The citizen patrol members patrolled along a crowded Kalakaua Avenue on Thursday.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Waikiki is the first police district to resume community policing since the start of the pandemic. This is part of a multi-pronged approach to address crime in the state’s top tourist district. The citizen patrol members patrolled along a crowded Kalakaua Avenue on Thursday.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu Police Department Maj. Mark Cricchio, center, spoke with state Sen. Sharon Moriwaki, right, and state Rep. Adrian Tam, far right, before a citizen patrol in Waikiki on Thursday.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Honolulu Police Department Maj. Mark Cricchio, center, spoke with state Sen. Sharon Moriwaki, right, and state Rep. Adrian Tam, far right, before a citizen patrol in Waikiki on Thursday.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu Police Department officer Stephanie Virardi held hands with 7-year-old Alice during a recent citizen patrol in Waikiki. Alice joined the patrol with her grandmother Veneeta Acson, behind, who is a Manoa resident but cares deeply about the Waikiki district.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Honolulu Police Department officer Stephanie Virardi held hands with 7-year-old Alice during a recent citizen patrol in Waikiki. Alice joined the patrol with her grandmother Veneeta Acson, behind, who is a Manoa resident but cares deeply about the Waikiki district.

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                                Interim police chief Rade Vanic spoke as Honolulu prosecutor Steven Alm listened during a Waikiki Public Safety Conference on Wednesday.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Interim police chief Rade Vanic spoke as Honolulu prosecutor Steven Alm listened during a Waikiki Public Safety Conference on Wednesday.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Waikiki is the first police district to resume community policing since the start of the pandemic. This is part of a multi-pronged approach to address crime in the state’s top tourist district. The citizen patrol members patrolled along a crowded Kalakaua Avenue on Thursday.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu Police Department Maj. Mark Cricchio, center, spoke with state Sen. Sharon Moriwaki, right, and state Rep. Adrian Tam, far right, before a citizen patrol in Waikiki on Thursday.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu Police Department officer Stephanie Virardi held hands with 7-year-old Alice during a recent citizen patrol in Waikiki. Alice joined the patrol with her grandmother Veneeta Acson, behind, who is a Manoa resident but cares deeply about the Waikiki district.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Interim police chief Rade Vanic spoke as Honolulu prosecutor Steven Alm listened during a Waikiki Public Safety Conference on Wednesday.