Police to host ‘active shooter’ presentation in Kona


The Hawaii Police Department will host an “active shooter” presentation during an evening community meeting slated for May 22 in Kailua-Kona.

The first portion of the meeting will provide the public the chance to meet the department’s command staff and to discuss police related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in West Hawaii. This part of the meeting will be similar to community meetings that the department rotates throughout the island’s eight police districts that are normally held during the daytime hours.

The second portion of the meeting will be an awareness presentation to help individuals increase their ability to survive should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violent situation. The presentation will provide information on previous incidents of mass violence, recent events, best practices for those caught in such a situation, understanding law enforcement’s response, and how to work together as a community to prevent these critical events from happening.

The awareness presentation will also provide additional resources for participants so they may continue their education on this topic, followed by a question-and answer segment.

The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Makaeo Events Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport Park.

A similar meeting will be held at a future date in East Hawaii.