The Honolulu Police Department keeps lots of statistics — on property theft, drug arrests and more.
But there’s one statistic they don’t keep — the number of officers on the force who have been charged with or convicted of crimes.
And the Honolulu Police Commission, tasked with addressing complaints made against the police department, doesn’t track that information either.
This came to light as Civil Beat tried to find out what has happened to several police officers recently put on trial for allegedly committing crimes.
Seven Honolulu officers were charged in October in connection with an alleged overtime scheme. Charges against four of the officers were dismissed in late May, but the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office has said it plans to refile at least some of the charges.
Last month, Officer Boyd Kamikawa was sentenced to 30 days in jail for hitting a pedestrian while driving under the influence. He was also twice caught driving even after his license had been revoked. Kamikawa remains on desk duty with his police powers restricted while an internal administrative investigation continues, says HPD Spokeswoman Michelle Yu.
Asked to define the department’s policy for dealing with officers who have been found guilty of crimes, Yu told Civil Beat in an email: “Having a criminal conviction is a violation of the department’s standards of conduct and could result in disciplinary action, including termination, being taken. We can’t comment on specific employees’ circumstances.”
The department does keep an eye on individual officers who have been charged with crimes.
“HPD tracks cases on an individual employee basis, but the department does not compile totals of all employees who have been charged or who went to trial,” said Captain Andrew Lum.
In other words, there’s no way of putting together a comprehensive picture of the department and how it treats officers who have been charged or convicted of crimes.
And the Police Commission, which is tasked with addressing complaints made against the department or its officers, “does not routinely investigate criminal matters regarding members of the Honolulu Police Department,” James Hughes, the commission’s executive officer, wrote in a letter to Civil Beat.
According to Hughes, the Commission doesn’t “maintain statistics on the number of police officers who have been charged with crimes or who have been targeted by a criminal investigation.”
—Sara Lin contributed to this story.
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