Officer Darlagood for Kaua’i

Darla Abbatiello is the type of police officer a community can love.

The

11-year veteran of Kaua’i County’s Police Department is among a select group of

law enforcement professionals in the U.S. who will receive awards from the

National Association of Police Organizations during a ceremony Aug. 5 in

Washington, D.C. She’ll also receive a similar commendation from the Hawaii

State Law Enforcement Officials Association.

The awards go along with

Abbatiello’s selection as the county’s top cop of 1999, so her stellar work is

no secret on the island—especially among residents of Waimea and Kekaha, where

the Neighborhood Watch programs she helped form are as popular as she is among

residents.

Abbatiello’s superiors in the police department speak glowingly

of her community policing. They note how she immerses herself in the

neighborhoods and business areas she patrols, to the point she calls older

ladies “auntie” and is a virtual pied-piper for children.

Her impact on

youngsters and the rest of the public is crucial to lowering any walls of

misunderstanding between citizens and their police.

For that reason and

others, Abbatiello richly deserves her new celebrity.

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