Citizens Group Seeks Patrol Volunteers

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - February 10, 2010
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The Kahaluu Citizen Patrol is seeking more volunteers to help improve security in its neighborhoods and parks.

“I’m trying to form something from Heeia to Ko’olaupoko,” said organizer Art Machado.

“I’m trying to get different areas, and they have team captains.”

He hopes to have 12 captains in charge of 12 groups by summertime. So far there are groups going out every night covering areas such as Heeia pier, Valley of the Temples and Waihee Road. Another area that is trying to create a citizens patrol is along Waiahole Homestead Road.

“There’s no limit to this group because the more people that get involved in their community, then the streets get better,” he said.

“Too often people complain. OK, you have a complaint? Let’s do something- volunteer!”

The citizens patrol meets monthly to review how they are doing, and where help is needed. Every other month they do a major cleanup in a different area. For more information, call 239-9003.

Machado noted one patrolled area that has significant drug activity is by 7-Eleven and the vacant Noriko building. Windward Baptist Church keeps an eye on with its team of people who constantly monitor it in a golf cart, armed with flashlights. The church also conducts an addiction treatment program.

“We want to know more about the drug situation,” said Machado, “what we can do to improve it, and help other neighborhoods to do a citizen patrol. I already got a few calls from Kailua residents who want to know how to do it.

“But first, I have to take care of my own backyard. We need to make sure we know what we are doing. Until people step up and say, ‘You’re not going to take my neighborhood!’ that’s the only time you’re going to see changes.”

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