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

  • 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

    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 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

    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.

    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.

Waikiki is the first police district to restart citizen patrols since the pandemic, and on July 9 it will be the first district to relaunch the “Coffee with a Cop” program, where residents may meet the command, ask questions and voice concerns. Read more

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