When will police truly help women?

I was appalled at the Aug. 8 article about the crime situation in Hanalei and the police stance on it. Imagine how us taxpayers feel at having to defend ourselves and solve our own crimes. Is this a joke or just a nightmare from which we will awake?

Imagine being told that the bulk of the “serious” crimes occur in Kapa’a and Lihu’e, when women are being stalked and raped on a regular basis in Hanalei. I have not seen articles in the paper on a rapist in Kapa’a or Lihu’e! Not only that, but you are not even giving us citizens all the information that we need to solve the crime and defend ourselves. You won’t even give us a description of the guy! You’re inconsistent, you want our help but don’t give yours. Lt. Curnan, you’re out of line! I understand the need for more community help in protecting each other, but there is no reason in the world why you, the Kaua’i Police Department, cannot step up to your duties as servants of the public and spare some of your 128 active officers to deal with this crisis in Hanalei and the North Shore in general.

As for the lame excuse of not having “qualified candidates” to fill the 17 positions that are available, I’d say you’re not looking or advertising enough. One ad in a mainland newspaper would produce a flood of applicants. For that matter, one ad in The Garden Island would find you a bunch of applicants to choose from.

Lt. Cuman, and all the other KPD out there, what will it take for you to realize that the women of this island are being subjected to a wave of serious crime, that we’re being raped and murdered, set on fire by our husbands, beaten to within an inch of our lives in broad daylight, found naked and mutilated in ditches, assaulted in our homes as we sleep, and now worst of all, we’re told by KPD that they can’t help.

When it’s your wife, or daughter, auntie or kupuna that is assaulted, then maybe you’ll step up to your duties and do something. Please help!

BLAIR GOLDBERG, Koloa

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