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MPD adds 13 recruits to its ranks

Members of the Maui Police Department’s 91st recruit class stand outside the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu during their graduation on Friday. Pictured in the front row from left to right are Roel Andrei Dela Cruz, Samson Jaramillo-King, Connor Seppala, Suzanne O, Reid Takayama, Ryan Tsang and Daniel Jelsma Jr. In the back row from left to right are Josiah Maglente-Tonu, Kyle Lee, Jerry Sambajon, Stanley Guzman, Emma Fye and Dylan Hankins. MPD photo

Ryan Tsang received the Most Outstanding Recruit award during the graduation ceremony Friday for the Maui Police Department’s 91st recruit class.

The ceremony for the 13 graduates was held at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. In keeping with social distancing restrictions, the event was limited to select guests, police said.

Tsang also earned the M. Cecil Rusty Dickson Physical Fitness award.

Other awards went to:

• Roel Andrei Dela Cruz, Sensei Shinichi Suzuki award for arrest and defense tactics.

• Josiah Maglente-Tonu, Neil T. Endo Outstanding Firearms award.

• Daniel Jelsma Jr., Outstanding Notebook award.

• Kyle Lee, Scholastic Achievement award.

The other new officers are Emma Fye, Stanley Guzman, Dylan Hankins, Samson Jaramillo-King, Suzanne O, Jerry Sambajon, Connor Seppala and Reid Takayama.

The officers will undergo four months of on-the-job field training with veteran police officers before they are qualified to work alone.

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