KPD primed and ready for explosive threats

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    Kaua‘i Police Department detective Michael Nii operates the Remotech Andros HD-SEL robot to align with the mock suspicious package using the robot’s multiple cameras Friday during a bomb-detection training at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi. Detectives preform weekly drills to ensure they are ready to respond should a threat arise.

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    Detective Michael Nii removes his protective helmet and face shield Friday during a bomb-detection training at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi. The nearly 80-pound suit has no built-in cooling for the wearer.

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    During a training exercise, Kaua‘i Police Department detective Michael Nii takes an X-ray of the suspicious item that will be processed on-site, at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi Friday.

  • Laurel Smith / The Garden Island

    After investigating remotely using a robot, Kaua‘i Police Department detective Michael Nii walks the Kaua‘i Community College campus to do an on-the-ground assessment of a mock-up suspicious item during a training exercise Friday.

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    Kaua‘i Police Department Assistant Chief Bryson Ponce, in charge of the Investigative Services Bureau, oversees Friday’s bomb-detection training drill at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi.

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    Kaua‘i Police Department detective Hanson Hsu helps detective Michael Nii put on a protective suit before completing the bomb-detection training mission Friday at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi. The suit weighs nearly 80 pounds.

  • Laurel Smith / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Police Department detective Hanson Hsu checks the Remotech Andros HD-SEL robot before using it for a drill at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi Friday.The robot is configured to take remote X-rays but can be adjusted for a variety of purposes.

  • Laurel Smith / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Police Department detectives Michael Nii and Hanson Hsu prepare highly specialized equipment to run a drill investigating a suspicious item staged at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi Friday.

PUHI — The next time something that could go “boom” needs to be dealt with on Kaua‘i, police won’t be stuck waiting for help to be flown in from Honolulu or the mainland.

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