Front Row L-R: Maria Baclig, Embree Figueroa, Justyne Rafael, Officer Menino, Linda Fanene, Myla Miguel. Back Row L-R: Chardel Kalama, Maria Durch, Kari-Lyn Martin, Melissa Costa, Punahele Victorine, Kahikili Miranda, Sharuga Kamakea.
On October 2, 2014, students from Hawai’i Community College BUSN 292, Integrated Office Procedures, taught by Assistant Professor Anne Chung recently visited the Hawai’i County Police Department to learn about the organizational structure of the department and the part administrative professionals play in helping the department run smoothly. The students visited different offices and learned about the role each office plays in helping the department run smoothly to support our community.
Officer Patrick Menino, Community Relations, coordinated a tour of five different departments that included the licensing, word processing, finance, records, and dispatch departments. Students learned how all employees at HPD must work together to meet the needs of the community. Students heard about the skills, knowledge, and aptitudes expected of administrative professionals. The employees who spoke with us were helpful and informative. Student Kari Martin said, “I found this field trip to be very interesting and helpful in many ways. All my learning experiences of classwork and homework in the last few semesters had come to life in one field trip to the Hilo Police Department.”
Sharuga Kamakea, Business Technology student states, “I really enjoyed our excursion as it gave me a little outlook into how our tax dollars are being spent to benefit us all. It was kind of like a behind-the-scenes exploration which was really amazing. Each department had its own responsibilities, but yet, without one another the system would not be able to function properly. It really showed the importance of each department and that HPD is not just police officers protecting us from criminals. It goes way beyond that.”