Police Week festivities on Hawaiʻi Island will be held next week (May 10-16).

Police Week is a nationally recognized week of activities in support of police work and in recognition of officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. In 1962 President John F. Kennedy proclaimed every May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls in as Police Week. In Hawaiʻi County, Police Week activities this year are scheduled from Monday, May 11, to Friday, May 15.

The public is invited to attend formal Police Week ceremonies Monday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the Hilo Police station and Wednesday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at the Kona police station. Both ceremonies include pre-ceremony entertainment and a tribute to Hawaiʻi County police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Police will pay tribute to Officer Manuel Cadinha, who gave his life in 1918, Officer William “Red” Oili, who gave his life in 1936, Officer Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku, who gave his life in 1990 and Officer Kenneth Keliipio, who gave his life in 1997.

Also during Police Week, station tours for all districts will be offered to the public on Friday, May 15, with tours at the Hilo station being held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call Officer Jason Grouns at 961-3066 to schedule an appointment.