the course of the next two weeks, Caterina over saw a million and one details
for the convention was done a timely bases.
The Chief Convention Committee Marcus had contacted and asked to her help
in some of the smaller details, such as setting up things for the children and
spouses of the Chief’s attending the convention.
This request had gone to Mrs. Dan Williams the wife the Chief Williams,
it was only a month or so later when Marcus called to speak to Deputy Chief
Captain Caterina that is was discovered that Mrs. Dan Williams and Deputy Chief
Caterina was the same person. The
Marcus apologized for the first request but Caterina would not hear of it
because she accepted the task with pleasure, the pleasure of being the wife of
State Police Chief.
actually like the fact that she was in-charge of both the Chief’s and their
family members. It made it easier
for her to plan security around the family members.
family side of the things Caterina had the help Winike, the husband of Chief
Walonika Kaulala of Honolulu Police Department helping with the family issues.
Caterina and Winike had become friends while he on the force.
The only reason why he was not still and active police officer was the
destruction of his left hand. That
a bullet a few years earlier caused enough problems that he was retired after
fifteen years on the force.
she worked very closely with a selected team of officers for the final security
measures of Chief’s Conventions. Three
days before the convention, she had sent a ton and half of overnight packages to
every Chief who would be attending the convention.
The packages described the extra security measures to be taken for this
year’s convention, plus an explanation of why the changes were taken place. The day after the packages went out, she received an equal
ton and half of faxes with the requested information she needed.
In addition, she received several calls from some of the more experienced
Chief’s, who expressed their congratulations on of a “job well done on
taking the extra precautions.” And of course there were the other kinds of comments, “You
have some nerve making these . . .”
Dan received several calls about the extra precautions before he even knew what
the extra steps were that Caterina took. Some
said “thank you” and some of them blasted him on the situation just because
the Commissioner’s convention was bombed, didn’t mean the Chief’s
convention would be.”
took the heat and the praises, as he had in the past, for Caterina’s actions
and stood behind her to support her actions.
He had not been aware these current steps she had taken because he was in
Maui for the past four days on the latest case that needed his personal
attention. As he listened to the
last call, he noticed a package addressed to him in his locked middle desk draw.
When he opened it, he found out what she had sent to the other Chief’s. For a moment, he thought that maybe she had gone too far but
then again, maybe it needed to be done this way.
He finally decided not to stop it for he knew, Caterina knew what needed
to be done, plus she was following his orders to make sure everything would be
secure in three days time.
the top of the paperwork in the package was a personal note to him.
I know this maybe going a little to far, but how far is to far when you look at
four young faces over the dinner table asking about what Daddy is doing over in
Maui. So, I decided to go the extra
two steps to protect all the Chiefs when there is only one Chief that I want to
keep 110% safe from harm. I Love You Chief Williams and I want you around for forever.
Chief Dan Williams
smiled at the note and missed the end of the conversation with Amos Burke.
“I’m sorry Amos, what did you say.”
had a feeling I lost you Danny.” Amos
laughed at the tone of voice Dan had used.
“I gather your wife left you a love note that you just found and took
your mind off what we are discussing.”
could say that Amos, you could say. I
do know, Caterina was hoping you would be coming this year.
She has spoken of you over the years, from time to time.
Plus all those nice gifts you send to our kids.
boy, I think I’m in trouble, and you are welcome.”
Amos said with a joke in his voice.
“Danny, would you tell that beautiful wife of yours that my son will be
coming with me. I have faxed her
the same information about him that she asked about me.
I must say this extra precaution is a new one on me.
I’ve been in the business a long time, and never considered the need to
have the ballistics of every Chief’s gun in the country sent to one person to
double check on the weapons coming into your state. Plus I can’t remember this being requested before at any
convention that I attended in the past.”
would explain why her fax machine has been going all morning since I got
here.” Dan had noticed something
was missing from behind him and now he realized what it was.
“It would also explain why my fax machine is missing.”
Dan laughed and he could hear Amos as he laughed too.
see you in a few days Danny and I’m looking forward to meeting you in person
finally and hopefully getting to meet your whole family.
That is if time permits.”
Amos, I let Catie know. I know she
is looking forward to seeing you again. Bye.” Dan hung up the phone. The
famous Amos Burke was coming to Hawaii and he would finally get to meet this
millionaire cop. Then again, he
didn’t need to wait to meet Burke to see a millionaire cop, all he had to do
was go into the office next to his. So
he did, not to see a millionaire cop but to see his beautiful wife first, then
to chat with his Deputy Chief.
found Caterina next to the fax machines with her back to him.
“Chief Burke, Amos and Lieutenant Burke, Peter are coming.
I have the serial numbers for both guns, badge numbers and the other
information required for them.”
turned around and saw Sgt. Millston seated at the table busily taking notes and
Officer Heartston, who took the faxes from Caterina.
It seemed to him that she and her staff had a good handle on the
monumental problem. With only a
couple days left before the convention, Dan realized that he would have to wait
to get his office back to normal, or what passed for normal.
Now he would deal with his Deputy Chief.
Just as he was about to say something the phone rang.
can I help you?” Dan said after
picking up Caterina’s phone on the second ring.
stopped the action dead in its tracks as everyone turn to see the Chief
answering the phone.
Chief, I understand you’re upset over the new security measure being taken for
the security of all the Chiefs. But
the plans could not be revealed any earlier.
It would have allowed time for someone to make plans to destroy the
convention the way they did in New York and Paris.
We had to prevent possible leaks and then my staff would had to come up
with a new method to protect all the additional visitors to Honolulu for this
four day period . . . Sorry that is a problem for you . . . If you don’t send
the ballistic information to my Deputy Chief it will mean a delay in you being
able to join in the fun and games of the annual convention . . . I’m sure you
will be sending that information right away.
Maholo.” Then he hung up
the phone. This blasting was off
the wall this time. Every chief
should understand the need for all the additional security measures.
loud and to the point conversation he had had with that Chief told Caterina and
the others in the office volumes. Everyone
realized now that the extra measures wouldn’t be overruled and that Chief
Williams approved the new security measures.
Everyone had a large smile on their lips.
The fax machines continued to go crazy with additional information.
was a bank of six fax machines in Caterina’s office, each one was working
overtime as it received the needed information.
Caterina had managed to relieve several different offices of their fax
machines for this emergency situation. They
would be back to their original post by tomorrow or the next at the latest,
because the information was needed immediately upon receipt of the package.
walked over to Caterina and kissed her on the cheek, he wanted more but in the
office, with others around, that was not about to happen.
Dannya, I’m glad you had a safe flight home.”
Caterina smiled at her husband.
for sending the welcoming committee to meet me at the airport.
It was a very warm welcome. Not
the one I expected but a lovely welcome never the less.”
Dan smiled at the though of all four kids with leis in their hands as
they waited for their Dad to come off the plane.
He walked out of the airport with four leis draped around his neck. He
then dropped the kids off at the correct schools for the day.
“Do you think we can talk in my office for a few minutes?”
Caterina handed the papers to Hogan so he could continue to gather all
the information from the fax machines. She
then followed Dan into office. Then
Dan door closed and pulled shade came down behind them.
know what he wants and it not just an update of the new security measures.”
Hogan said and everyone laughed and smiled.
They knew that a more passionate exchange was about to take place behind
the closed door. At least for a
moment or two. They all laughed at
the implication and continued what needed to be done.
in Dannya’s office, Caterina turned to find her husband standing closely
behind her. She took a step closer
to him and kissed him longingly for she had missed him the past four days and
nights. “Hello sweetie.”
Then they kissed again.
yourself, beautiful.” Dan said as he walked over to his chair and sat down to
discuss the current security measures with his Deputy Chief.
“Amos Burke says hello and he told me to tell you that he was bring his
son with him.” He looked at the
door then back again, “Then again you know that already.”
They both laughed because Caterina just received the information from
Amos Burke over the fax machine.
I do. Amos called Steve about the
convention last night and told him that Peter was coming with him.”
Caterina picked up the file to discuss the matter further with him.
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Original Posted April 20, 2001