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New Public Union Deals Will Be Costly For State Sara Lin/Civil Beat

New Public Union Deals Will Be Costly For State

A handful of union contracts have yet to be finalized, but the state’s top budget official says the estimated cost so far tops $460 million.

Police Misconduct Cases: A Settlement, A Sentence And An Acquittal Civil Beat

Police Misconduct Cases: A Settlement, A Sentence And An Acquittal

A former police officer is headed to prison for 10 years after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager while working at DLNR.

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief

The measure would also eliminate a little-known rule that prevents some Micronesian immigrants from serving on state boards.

Honolulu Prosecutor Could Be A Witness For The Defense Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Prosecutor Could Be A Witness For The Defense

In an unusual move, a defense attorney wants Keith Kaneshiro to testify about a prosecutor’s investigation into “ghost tickets.”

Judge Blocks Access To AG Investigation Of Hawaii Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Blocks Access To AG Investigation Of Hawaii Auditor

Civil Beat had sued to get access to the records, but a state judge ruled Thursday that they’re confidential.

Police Commission May Be Short-Changing Cops In Need Of Attorneys Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commission May Be Short-Changing Cops In Need Of Attorneys

One Honolulu police commissioner thinks some officers should have had taxpayer-funded lawyers but didn’t.

Honolulu Closer To Outfitting Officers With Body Cameras Flickr: West Midlands Police

Honolulu Closer To Outfitting Officers With Body Cameras

Acting Chief Cary Okimoto told the Police Commission that 20 officers will begin using the technology before the end of the year.

Hawaii Police Agencies Struggle To Equip Officers With Body Cameras Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii Police Agencies Struggle To Equip Officers With Body Cameras

Only one department — the smallest — has had any luck with implementing the technology. So what’s taking so long everywhere else?

Kauai Police Chief Says He’s Applied For Honolulu Chief Job Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kauai Police Chief Says He’s Applied For Honolulu Chief Job

Darryl Perry, who worked at HPD for 30 years, applied for the job to be Honolulu’s next chief of police. His says his first priority is restoring community trust in the department.

Should Honolulu’s New Police Chief Be An Insider Or An Outsider? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Should Honolulu’s New Police Chief Be An Insider Or An Outsider?

The police union leader is pushing for someone already in the ranks. But others, including law enforcement experts, say new blood might be the best.

Gabbard Skeptical That Syria Was Behind Chemical Attack Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Gabbard Skeptical That Syria Was Behind Chemical Attack

The Hawaii congresswoman, who met with President Assad in January, goes on CNN to strongly criticize the U.S. military retaliation.

Honolulu Police Chief Job Attracts At Least 30 Applicants Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Job Attracts At Least 30 Applicants

UPDATE: The Police Commission will hold a hearing before approving taxpayer-funded lawyers in a lawsuit related to the Kealoha scandal.