Officer with Campus Security named 2013 ‘Top Cop’

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Officer John D. Trojacek of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Campus Security and Emergency Management Department has been recognized as one of Hawaiʻi’s “Top Cops.” The award is presented annually to law enforcement and security professionals who, nominated by their superiors and peers, have gone beyond the call of duty and met the highest standards of their field. Officer Trojacek and other 2013 “Top Cops” were honored at the Law Enforcement and Security Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, October 24, 2013, in the Mānoa Grand Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi.

Officer Trojacek earned his Top Cop nomination through life-saving actions during the First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on May 24, 2013. At that event, Trojacek was part of a team of UH Mānoa Campus Security officers assisting Honolulu Police Department personnel with traffic control when he noticed a runner lying on the roadway and immediately went to investigate.


Trojacek’s competent demeanor was noted by a witness and had a calming effect on other race participants who had gathered at the scene. With the assistance of some of those surrounding individuals, Officer Trojacek – a trained First Aid, CPR (cadiopulmonary resuscitation), and AED (automated external defibrillator) instructor for Campus Security – performed CPR on the runner in distress until the arrival of emergency medical services and an AED.

Trojajeck shares his knowledge of these life-saving techniques with others at the University, where he has served on the Campus Security force for nearly a year. He is assigned patrol of the Mānoa campus on the “graveyard” shift.

In his off-duty hours, Trojacek is pursuing a graduate degree at UH Mānoa in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. He is also an avid cyclist and Ironman finisher.

UH Mānoa’s Campus Security provides protection and security for the campus community and the physical plant at UH Mānoa 24 hours a day, throughout the year. Its duties include detecting fires, detaining trespassers, preventing theft and vandalism, and investigating reports of suspicious persons and incidents. Additional services include a campus security escort service, emergency call boxes, crime prevention presentations, emergency responders, and more listed at