From left: Police Chief Darryl Perry, Officer Anthony Abalos, Officer Darin Irimata, Deputy Chief Michael Contrades. Photo courtesy of KPD
Kaua’i Police Chief Darryl Perry, Deputy Police Chief Michael Contrades and the Kaua’i Police Commission presented the department’s Officer of the Month recognition to two deserving officers at Friday’s Police Commission meeting held at the Piikoi Building.
Officers Anthony Abalos and Darin Irimata were awarded the honor for their diligence and dedication in responding to an incident that occurred on May 12.
The officers were conducting routine checks in their assigned areas aimed at discouraging underage drinking and reckless driving. While checking an area known as Second Ditch along Kekaha Beach, the officers recognized a man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle.
Upon approaching the man, the officers noticed drug paraphernalia inside of the car. A follow-up search of the vehicle led to the recovery of $1,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, distribution supplies, marijuana and over 20 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $2,500.
This led to 18 felony charges for the two subjects encountered that night.
Officers Abalos and Irimata were honored for their dedication and commitment to their and loyalty to their community.