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County to hold Kupuna Alert Partners presentations in August


Mayor Billy Kenoi, the Hawaiʻi Police Department, Hawaiʻi County Office of Aging and Hawaiʻi County Mass Transit Agency, in partnership with

  • Department of Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division, Community and Crime Prevention Branch
  • Department of Commerce and Consumer Affair, Office of the Securities Commissioner
  • Department of Health, Executive Office on Aging, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP HawaiÊ»i)
  • Department of Public Safety, Narcotics Enforcement Division

will hold four Kupuna Alert Partners (KAP) presentations to assist and educate our kupuna to curtail and prevent becoming victims of fraud, prescription drug misuse and crime.

The KAP program was initially formed as a State multi-agency group partnership to bring pertinent information on Medicare fraud prevention, securities fraud prevention and prescription drug misuse to the community. Additionally, the Hawaiʻi Police Department will provide information and tips on securing your residence to prevent burglaries and thefts.

“Because our kupuna are particularly vulnerable and oftentimes targeted as victims of property crimes, the Hawaiʻi Police Department has established partnerships with these State and County agencies in order to reach out and educate our kupuna about awareness and prevention,” said Police Chief Harry Kubojiri. “These KAP presentations are not only for our kupuna, but also for their family members and caregivers.”

Immediately following each 1-hour Kupuna Alert Partners presentation, the Department of Public Safety’s Narcotics Enforcement Division will conduct a half-hour prescription drug take-back operation. Participants are encouraged to bring their unused or expired mediation for safe, anonymous disposal.

The following topics will be covered during the KAP presentations in Kona and Waimea on August 12 and in Hilo and Puna on August 13:

  • Medical Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud Prevention
  • Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse
  • Investor Fraud Prevention
  • Burglary Prevention Tips

The presentations will take place at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

West Hawai‘i Civic Center, County Council Room
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Medication Take-Back 11:30-12:00)

Hawaiian Homes Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m. (Medication Take-Back 3:30-4:00)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale
10:00-11:00 a.m. Wednesday (Medication Take-Back 11:00-11:30)

Keaʻau Community Center
2:00-3:00 p.m. (Medication Take-Back 3:00-3:30)

The public is encouraged to attend.

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