Ten-year police veteran, Officer Cala Arnold, has been named as the Aloha Exchange Club’s Officer of the Month for May 2017. Officer Arnold was selected for his apprehension of a suspect with a weapon in a residential/preschool area.
On April 25, 2017, Officer Arnold was dispatched to Hawaiian Paradise Park for a weapons incident in close vicinity to a preschool involving a male party stated to have brandished and pointed a rifle at an individual before walking away. Officer Arnold then began canvassing the area for the suspect and successfully located him. As the officer approached, the suspect ran to the edge of the road, bent down into the grass and retrieved what appeared to be a rifle with a scope, before backing away. Officer Arnold began ordering the sus pect to drop the rifle, however the male ignoring his commands depressed the barrel release and loaded a pellet, at which time Officer Arnold identified the weapon as high powered pellet rifle.
The suspect subsequently dropped his weapon and was taken into custody. The father of the suspect who was on the scene expressed his gratefulness and praise for Officer Arnold’s ability to bring the situation under control in a peaceful manner.
Officer Cala Arnold’s calm demeanor, deliberate planning, and astute actions were directly responsible for the positive outcome of a potentially volatile and dangerous situation. The apprehension of this unpredictable individual insured the safety of all involved and was a display of the Police Department Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion, Teamwork, and Community Satisfaction.