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Kudos to Kauai’s police for job well done

They give out too many darn speeding tickets.

Then, there’s those ridiculous citations for using a cellphone while driving that they hand out, too.

And if there’s an accident, expect the highways to be blocked for hours while they investigate the scene, causing Kauai’s guests to miss planes and residents to be late for appointments.

And what about the burglaries of vehicles and homes, too? Why can’t they prevent them?

Are they ever really there when you need them?

Kauai’s finest are out there upsetting a lot of folks as they enforce the laws of the land. Many cringe when they see a police cruiser for fear of being pulled over. It’s easy to take for granted the role police officers play here. It’s easy to complain about them.

Perhaps, though, it would be better to praise them. Let’s be appreciative, if not glad, for their efforts because without KPD blue, we would likely have much more to worry about.

Let’s face it. Being a law enforcement officer is a tough job.

The pay isn’t making any of them rich, certainly it comes with a lot of stress, you can rest assured they take a lot of heat from citizens and there’s that reality that they could face a deadly situation any day of the week. And they have all our guests from the Mainland to look after, too.

That’s why it’s appropriate we give our police force a shout out and a well done during National Police Week, or for that matter, any day of the year. They are the ones who respond when we call for help. They are the ones who answer the call when we’re in trouble. They are the ones we call when we see accidents or crimes. They are the ones we call when we worry there’s a stranger outside our home. And you know what? They will do their best to be there. It might not be as quickly as we would like, but they are out there answering many other calls, too.

In case you were wondering, it was in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

Here on Kauai, a ceremony was held Wednesday, during which the names of Hawaii’s finest killed in the line of duty were read. It was a reminder of the dangers police officers here face 24/7. Sure, it’s the Aloha State, but it’s not, as we know, without its criminal element.

We don’t expect people to praise or applaud the Kauai Police Department. But KPD, led by Chief Darryl Perry, has demonstrated over the years they deserve our respect and appreciation. They make sacrifices we don’t know about. They face situations we will never understand. They prevent crimes that we may never be aware of.

We may never realize all they do, but we can still say, thank you.

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