Grant writing helps hire new officers

LIHUE — Three officers were honored for excellence at the Kauai Police Commission meeting last week.

Officer of the month Stacy Perreira is credited with writing a grant that will make it possible to hire six new officers and create a new beat in Kawaihau District.

Because of her efforts, KPD was awarded a  $750,000 grant.

KPD had applied for the highly competitive grant in the past but was not successful in acquiring funding, according to Assistant Chief of Police Michael Contrades.

The department credited Perreira with drafting a grant application that scored higher than the Honolulu Police Department and many Mainland agencies.

“We will be going before County Council soon to request acceptance of the grant and approval for the matching funds,” Contrades said.

Sgt. Roderick Green, the KPD community relations officer, was honored by the department for his receiving the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay.

KPD Lieutenant Robert Gausepohl was recognized for his receiving the KPD’s Top Cop award for his leadership, hard work and diligence in helping to create a streamlined hiring process that made it possible to field the largest recruit class in department history.

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