Mahalo KPD

To the Forum:Re: Westside Community Meeting

I would like to thank the

Kaua’i Police Department, in particular Chief Freitas, Lt. lhu, Sgt. Paul

Kanoho and Alvin Sato as well as Detectives Bill Ching and Mel Morris for

allowing more than 100 of our Westside residents the time and place to vent our

fears and concerns about the violent and senseless events that have recently

taken place in our usually peaceful community. I went to the meeting feeling

that KPD should be more sensitive to a community in crisis and at least be more

visible, providing us with information to help stop all the gossip, rumors and

“theory” sharing by those, very vocal members of the community, not involved in

the investigations.

I came away from the meeting knowing that we have a

police force that is professional, thorough and sincerely caring. One that is

willing to “go the extra mile to preserve the integrity of an investigation as

well as assuring the rights and respect of the victims in spite of the

tremendous pressure to “arrest the guys.” I would also like to thank Roy Asher,

Sam Sheldon and Marvin Rivera for their professionalism and diligence. KPD

offered us some basic advice to help keep ourselves, our families and our

community safe and protected. I hope everyone was

listening.

Respectfully,

Meridith Petro Fernandez, Kekaha

YWCA

Family Violence Shelter

Rural Community Response Project

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