Hawaii's law enforcement community is moving forward with plans for a four-day business meeting on Oahu.
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Word of a "homicide conference" at the Convention Center was floating around town -- an event presumably geared toward detectives, as opposed to practitioners.
"It's not a homicide conference," said Honolulu Police Department Missing Persons Detail Sgt. Wallace Choy.
The "Inter-county Detectives' Training Seminar," as it's called, is set for Oct. 23 to 26, and is a professional development conference for detectives and investigators from the federal, state and county governments to share investigative techniques and information, he corrected.
Invitees hail from various arenas of law enforcement, from police departments to the U.S. Attorney's Office; from investigators for medical examiners' and state Attorney General's offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
One key speaker, who heads the New York Medical Examiner's Department, had to cancel for obvious and tragic reasons.
Other mainland speakers are being flown in at a time the islands need airlines to bring as many visitors as possible on every flight not cut from their schedules.
Somewhere between 100 and 200 law enforcement officers from Oahu and the neighbor islands are expected to attend.
Neighbor-island participants will fill interisland airline seats; some may book rental cars and stay with family or friends, while others will occupy rooms at the Ala Moana Hotel.
The hotel has extended its government rates for lodging the officers right across the street from their meeting venue. They will dine at local eateries, and next year Kauai will reap the benefits of hosting duties.
The four county police departments stage these annual events in a different county every year, Choy said.
A glaring omissionHawaii's Beauty & Diversity TV airs on KIKU TV, a fact shamefully missing from the Oct. 4 TheBuzz. The TV show will tape an episode at Friday's invitation only fund-raiser at Restaurant Pier 7.
KIKU, "Multicultural Television," is found on broadcast channel 20; Oceanic analog channel 9 and digital 009; and Verizon Americast channel 10.
KIKU GM Gregg Mueller said no change in BDTV's Wednesday and Friday air-schedule has been finalized, contrary to information provided to TheBuzz.
Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
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