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8 recruits join the Maui police force

The Maui Police Department 90th Recruit Class graduation Friday did not have usual celebratory flavor due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shown are (front row from left) Cody Makaokalani, Scott Pagdilao, Nathanael Gandeza and Jasper Quiocho; (back row) Dylan McLellan-Puaa, Joshua Ogata, Clarence Kenui III and Analise Farmer. Maui Police Department photo

The Maui News

Maui Police Department 90th Recruit Class members, whose training was delayed while they helped with other duties during the COVID-19 pandemic, were honored in a graduation ceremony Friday.

The ceremony at the Kihei Police Station was held with precautions and changes implemented because of the pandemic, police said. Along with social distancing and sanitation measures, attendance was limited and no food was served.

The eight recruits completed eight months of intense physical and academic training before graduating and receiving their badges. There was a break in their training when recruits were assigned to help in other areas, including the police Receiving Desk and Records Section, starting in March.

At the ceremony Friday, special recognition went to Joshua Ogata, who was named outstanding recruit and received the M. Cecil Rusty Dickson Physical Fitness award; Analise Farmer, who received the Scholastic Achievement and Outstanding Notebook awards; Nathanael Gandeza, who received the Neil T. Endo Outstanding Firearms award; and Clarence Kenui III, who received the Sensei Shinichi Suzuki Arrest Defense Tactics award.

The other new officers are Dylan McLellan-Puaa, Cody Makaokalani, Scott Pagdilao and Jasper Quiocho.

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