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Special Enforcement Unit commander named top cop

Sgt. Bradley Freitas was named the Hawaii Police Department’s 2012 “Top Cop” by the Law Enforcement/Security Coalition of Hawaii.

Freitas, a 22-year department veteran, is commander of Kona Patrol’s Special Enforcement Unit, a four-person unit consisting of Kona patrol officers and Community Policing officers. Its objective is to reduce calls for service with special attention to major property crimes by using intelligence and relying on crime analysis, informants, enforcement and in coordination with other Police Department sections.

In the last year, the Special Enforcement Unit initiated 188 cases, leading to 48 felony arrests. The arrests resulted in partnerships with the Criminal Investigations Section that ultimately led to 114 felony charges.

Capt. Richard Sherlock, who nominated Freitas for the honor, said that Freitas’ investigative and patrol background inspired the members of the Special Enforcement Unit and that the respect he commands led to a successful close working relationship with the Criminal Investigations Division. The result, Sherlock said, was “selfless investigations” in which the Special Enforcement unit “may not receive the recognition for their contributions but are satisfied with the difference they are able to make.”

The prestigious award was presented at a luncheon Oct. 25 at the Manoa Grand Ballroom on Oahu.


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