HPD officers visit campus to give student safety info

Written by: 
Ethan Toledo~Multimedia Journalist

As part of a display for security awareness on campus, the Honolulu Police Department educated the BYU-Hawaii campus on how to be ready for any situation.

The police department created a display in which various pamphlets and other things providing information on combating identity theft, pedestrian and driver safety, how to describe a suspect, and other general tips that would do well in an emergency on Jan. 28 in the Aloha Center.

The main goal of the display was just to help make students more aware of everything that could happen, said security officials. The display was a good resource for anyone who wanted to go up and learn.

“There’s not really much to it. Students who want to can go and read stuff about how to be aware of certain situations,” said Welina Mills, an undeclared freshman from Hauula. “There was actually some stuff in there that was pretty helpful.”

Mills continued, “You can tell that they actually do care about the students.” The police department does community events like this occasionally all over the area, said officers, including some programs with the high school, middle school, and elementary school kids. They tend to focus on pedestrian and bike safety, as well as cyber safety at such events.

Some HPD bicycle safety tips are:
▪ Wear clothes that make you more visible.
▪ Be cautious when riding a bike at night. Make sure you have the proper lights on your bicycles.
▪ Wear reflective materials or clothing.
▪ Wear a helmet. Studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce injuries by up to 80%.
▪ Loose items should be secured to a properly installed carrier or carried in a backpack.
▪ Protect against bike theft. Most bikes stolen are not locked.
▪ Obey traffic signs, signals and road markings.
▪ Be familiar with the laws pertaining to bicycles.

The HPD also has information about jaywalking, which is when people cross the street outside of a crosswalk or away from a street corner. It is against the law and those caught jaywalking can be fined $130. HPD information says jaywalking is dangerous and can be deadly. “Each year more than a dozen pedestrians are killed and hundreds more are injured while crossing Oahu streets. To avoid becoming a statistic, the HPD urges pedestrians to use crosswalks, obey crossing signals, and watch out for drivers who are distracted or who disregard traffic signals.”

As well as providing the tips and the safety information, they also give information to anyone who might be interested in a career in law enforcement. “In order to be a police officer, you have to have the passion,” said Officer La Rosa. “You’re not in it for the pay. This is a job where you have to have passion for the job. You like working with people, helping people.”

Anyone willing to learn more about the Honolulu Police Department and the safety tips it offers is encouraged to visit its website at www.honolulupd.org.