Aloha FBINAA Hawaii Chapter Members,
The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, still affects all of us today and it is my sincere hope that each of you continue to remain healthy and safe from all of the challenges that have been presented. It is my honor to have the opportunity to serve as President of the FBINAA – Hawaii Chapter. I can’t tell you how humbled I am to be able to serve you, the members of our chapter.
I would like to thank Immediate Past President Ricky Uedoi for his leadership, and the Executive Board for their continuing commitment to our chapter, during these difficult times. Although it couldn’t happen, there was a lot of work put into planning the 2020 Hawaii Chapter Re-trainer and I know it would have been a memorable one.
We are planning the 2022 Hawaii Chapter Re-Trainer, which is scheduled to be held May 11-13, 2022, at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. For those of you who may not be familiar with the area, the hotel is centrally located within the Waikoloa Resort area, with lots of activities, such as beaches, shopping, golf, and restaurants, within walking distance. Acknowledging the difficult times we’ve all endured, and continue to endure, our conference theme is Resiliency: Rising Above. More information will be forthcoming in the near future but know that the Hawaii Police Department’s National Academy Graduates will be working hard to put together a valuable training and networking opportunity and we hope to see you there.
Although the FBI National Academy and Youth Leadership Program (YLP) sessions were put on hold, the YLP was given the “green light” for Session 22, which was held in the summer of 2021. I had the pleasure of being involved in the selection of our chapter’s representative and with nine applicants from across our state, it was a competitive process. Big Island resident Siddalee Amaral was selected and she described her attendance as “life changing” and looks forward to sharing her experiences and insights with us as our keynote speaker at next year’s banquet.
I’m also happy to report that the FBI National Academy will resume sessions next month, with Session 280 taking place from October 4 to December 16, 2021. Lieutenant Roylen Valera (Hawaii Police Department) and Captain Brandon Nakasato (Honolulu Police Department) will be attending and we look forward to welcoming them to the chapter.
Lastly, and most importantly, on behalf of the FBINAA – Hawaii Chapter, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Sherri Markle who will be retiring in November 2021. We have all had the pleasure of making her acquaintance and we can all agree that Sherri has been an integral part of the National Academy process. She is always there to help in whatever way she can and she is always there to promote and support the program however she can. She will definitely leave a void but we wish her all the very best in her well-deserved retirement.
Don’t forget to save the 2022 Re-Trainer dates and until such time that we can again meet safely in person, please continue stay healthy and safe.
Sherry D. Bird, President, FBINAA - Hawaii Chapter
The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program—which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science—serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.
Leaders and managers of state, local, county, tribal, military, federal, and international law enforcement agencies attend the FBI National Academy. Participation is by invitation only, through a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every U.S. state and territory and from international partner nations.
The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc., is a dynamic organization of over 17,000 law enforcement professionals who actively work to continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation, and integrity across the law enforcement community.
The FBINAA Hawaii Chapter was organized in 1971 and currently consists of over 100 active members representing the State of Hawaii, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Marianas, America Samoa, the Republic of Palau and Guam.