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Maui officer named the ‘Top Cop’ for work in narcotics and youth outreach

Deputy Chief Dean Rickard (from left) poses alongside officer Andrew Cabral Jr., Sgt. Shane Yoshizawa and acting Lt. Terence Gomez. Cabral was named “Top Cop” for the Maui Police Department during a ceremony Oct. 24 on Oahu. Maui Police Department photo

The Maui News

Officer Andrew Cabral Jr., a juvenile investigator, has been named “Top Cop” for the Maui Police Department.

He was among local, state, federal and military law enforcement officials and security professionals who were recognized at a ceremony Oct. 24 at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Maui police said in a news release on Friday.

Cabral joined MPD in 2010 and has worked as a patrol officer on Lanai and in Lahaina and Wailuku. On Lanai, he assisted in numerous narcotics enforcement operations and also worked with youths on the island, according to MPD.

In his current assignment, Cabral “initiates numerous status and criminal offense cases involving minors in hopes of keeping them out of the criminal justice system by referring them to available services,” the news release said.

Cabral was described as the “go-to guy” who is often called upon to orchestrate assignments when a supervisor isn’t available.

Cabral also is a volunteer youth flag football coach and official for the Maui Police Activities League.

“He teaches the players valuable lessons such as working as a team, building self-confidence, playing through adversity and displaying sportsmanship,” the news release said.

The Top Cop award is sponsored by the Hawaii Law Enforcement Coalition, ASIS International Chapter 134, Hawaii Hotel Visitor Industry Security Association, Hawaii Joint Police Association and the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety.