Ten officers promoted at police department
The Maui News – Ten Maui Police Department officers were recently promoted, three to the rank of lieutenant and seven to sergeant.
The new lieutenants are:
• Lance Marks, a 20-year MPD veteran, who is assigned to the Kihei Patrol District. His past assignments include the Lahaina and Wailuku
patrol districts and the Vice Division. He has been a community policing officer and member of the Specialized Emergency Enforcement Detail and Special Response Team.
• Garret Tihada, an MPD officer since 1993, who is assigned to the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division. His past assignments include the
Lahaina and Hana patrol districts, Criminal Investigation Division and Internal Affairs Division. He has been a school resource officer and member of the Special Response Team.
• Keola Tom, an MPD officer since 2002, who is assigned to the Lahaina Patrol District. His past assignments include the Wailuku and Hana patrol districts and the Vice Division. His most recent assignment was with the Special Response Team.
The promotions for Marks and Tihada took effect Jan. 16. Tom’s promotion took effect Feb. 1.
The new sergeants are:
• Dennis Arnds, who is assigned to the Communications Section. Arnds joined MPD in 2006 as part of the 66th Recruit Class. His past assignments include the Wailuku Patrol District and the Traffic Section DUI Task Force. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from California State University, Long Beach. Arnds enjoys spending time with his wife, Kyoko, and traveling to Japan with her. He also enjoys golfing, running and spending time with his family, who lives in the Lahaina area.
• Christina Bonacorsi, who is assigned to the Lahaina Patrol District. She is a Maui High School graduate who moved to Washington state and joined the Coast Guard, attaining the rank of captain before returning to Maui. She joined MPD in 2007
and worked in the Wailuku Patrol District. She has been a field training officer and community policing officer. She is a member of the Special Response Team and is the only female sniper in the state.
• Clifford Dagulo, who is assigned to the Communications Section. He joined MPD in 2006 and previously worked in the Kihei, Hana and Wailuku patrol districts, the Vice Gambling and Morals Unit and Criminal Intelligence Unit.
• Jhun-Lee Casio Jr., who is assigned to the Communications Section. He was born in the Philippines and migrated to Hawaii when he was 14. Casio joined MPD in 2003 as part of the 62nd Recruit Class. He previously worked in the Lahaina, Lanai and Wailuku patrol districts. He has been a field training officer and community policing officer. He is married and has three children.
• Lonnie Ka’ai, who is assigned to the Molokai Patrol District. He was born and raised on Molokai and joined MPD in 2004 as part of the 63rd Recruit Class. Ka’ai has worked in the Lahaina, Hana and Molokai patrol districts. He has been a community policing officer and DARE officer on Molokai. He is married to Kimberly Ka’ai and has three children, Kalau’ihi, Ka’upenakahiau and Naleiauli’i.
• Kamuela Mawae, who is assigned to the Molokai Patrol District. He joined MPD in 2004 and has worked in the Communications Section, Lahaina Patrol District and most recently the Community Relations Section. He has been a DARE officer and field training officer. He is also a certified arrest defense tactics and Taser instructor and teaches police recruits. Mawae is a member of the MPD Peer Support Unit. Outside of work, he is a youth sports coach and Cub Scout leader and volunteers with various nonprofit organizations. Mawae and his fiancee have two children.
• Jeremy Pallone-De La Torre, who is assigned to the Lahaina Patrol District. He is originally from Gilbert, Ariz., and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and a master’s degree in human relations. Pallone-De La Torre joined MPD in 2011 as part of the 75th Recruit Class. He has worked in the Communications Section, Kihei and Wailuku patrol districts and most recently the Juvenile Crime Prevention Division as a juvenile investigator. He is a certified law enforcement fitness specialist and assists in teaching police recruits. He is also a high school cross country and track and field coach at Kamehameha Schools Maui.
Promotions took effect Feb. 1 for Arnds, Bonacorsi, Dagulo, Casio, Ka’ai and Pallone-De La Torre. Mawae’s promotion took effect Feb. 16.