Put your hands where she can see them, folks: Melanie Guenthenspberger
has just graduated from the Honolulu Police Department’s
Citizens Police Academy.
Guenthenspberger graduated Oct. 29 from the 27th Citizens
Police Academy (CPA) as the valedictorian speaker and as
one of 12 to complete the program. Graduates were applauded
by the Honolulu chief of police, police commissioners, family,
and friends as they received their certificates and smiled
for the cameras.
CPA was fun because I learned a lot for my future job and
at the same time fulfilled one part of my practicum requirement
at HPU,” she said.
Guenthenspberger, a junior at HPU, plans to graduate in the
summer of 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in justice
administration. She hopes to become a police officer and
eventually a detective in the future. She was also recently
announced as a runner-up in this year’s CinCHouse.com
Scholarship for Military Spouses, making her the only recipient
from Hawai‘i and the lucky winner of $1,000 to put
towards her education.
According to the Honolulu Police Department’s Web site,
CPA began in 1994 and is a police department interactive
program designed to educate the public about its departmental
policies, operational procedures, the criminal justice system,
and ways to reduce crime. CPA allows members of HPD and citizens
of O‘ahu to join in a partnership to share ideas and
information, and interact in a very positive and proactive
CPA participants meet one night a week for three hours and two Saturdays over
a 12-week period. The majority of the sessions are held at the Honolulu Police
Department’s Alapai Headquarters at 801 S. Beretania St. Other locations
include the Koko Head Pistol Range and Ke Kula Makai, HPD’s training facility
A variety of topics are covered including (but not limited to): firearms, communications,
report writing, police vehicle operations, domestic violence, crime scene investigation,
and community policing. Training included briefs on vehicular homicide, domestic
violence, narcotics, citations, criminal investigations, the mechanics of an
arrest, gang recognition, evidence recovery, personal safety, and firearms training — just
to name a few.
For more information contact HPD’s Community Affairs Section at 529-3351
or visit www.honolulupd.org.