KPD Officer Commended for Assistance in Burglary Investigation
The Kauaʿi Police Department (KPD) recognized Patrol Services Bureau Officer Derrick Kelley as Officer of the Month during June’s Police Commission meeting held via teleconference on Friday, June 25.
In May, Kelley was instrumental in his assistance of an Anahola burglary investigation. He was able to help quickly identify and locate the suspects. Several stolen items were recovered and returned to the victims.
“Officer Kelley’s hard work and determination resulted in not only the suspects being taken into custody, but also several items being returned to their rightful owners,” said Acting Lt. Jason Overmyer.
The suspects arrested were 34-year-old Samson Contrades of Anahola and 32-year-old Kapelawaipuolo Keaweamahi of Anahola for first-degree burglary. They were each held at KPD Cellblock on $110,500 bail and $110,000 bail respectively. They were subsequently transferred to the Kaua’i Community Correctional Center.
“Anyone who has been a victim of a burglary knows how much of a violation it is to have someone rummage through your belongings and take your valuables and sentimental items,” said Chief of Police Todd G. Raybuck. “Officer Kelley’s motivating factor was to help relieve the victims of this emotional grief. I’m so proud to have police officers like him representing the department, who go the extra mile to create a positive relationship with the community and make a lasting impact.”