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Hawaii Department of Public Safety

A Surcharge on Safety: Racking Up Overtime While Taking Vacation

A Surcharge on Safety: Racking Up Overtime While Taking Vacation

Hawaii Public Safety employees who worked more than 1,000 hours of overtime took average of 20 vacation days, 12 sick days in same year.
Senators Grill Public Safety Director on Excessive Overtime Use, Auditor’s Report

Senators Grill Public Safety Director on Excessive Overtime Use, Auditor’s Report

Budget briefing at the Capitol turned into a grill session, questions about bringing Hawaii inmates home from the mainland.

Inmate Says Spending Night With Dead Cellmate Drove Him Crazy

Accused pimp says he was traumatized by seeing suicide of former prison guard.

Public Safety Director Promises to ‘Address Overtime Issues Efficiently’

Public Safety Department director acknowledges overtime as a "problem," following Civil Beat's investigation.

A Surcharge on Safety: Sheriffs Earning More Than Hawaii’s Chief Justice?

Thanks to overtime pay, some state corrections officers, clerical staff and deputy sheriffs are potentially drawing bigger salaries than Hawaii judges.
A Surcharge on Safety: 16 Employees Logged at Least 1,000 Overtime Hours

A Surcharge on Safety: 16 Employees Logged at Least 1,000 Overtime Hours

Most of the overtime at the Hawaii Department of Public Safety went to corrections officers and deputy sheriffs.
A Surcharge on Safety: Six Employees Claimed Over 1,300 Hours of Overtime Civil Beat

A Surcharge on Safety: Six Employees Claimed Over 1,300 Hours of Overtime

To rack up that number, the six Hawaii Public Safety employees would have had to work 9-hour-days, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year.
A Surcharge on Safety: As Overtime Claims Pile Up, Department Caps Sick Day Use

A Surcharge on Safety: As Overtime Claims Pile Up, Department Caps Sick Day Use

Hawaii Department of Public Safety says three-month old pilot project is helping deter sick-day abuse connected to overtime.

A Surcharge on Safety: Union Contract and Turnover Blamed for Outsized Overtime

Hawaii Department of Public Safety says staffing shortage and labor agreement have hamstrung efforts to rein in unusually large overtime claims.
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