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High Marks for Honolulu Police Chief Despite Controversy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

High Marks for Honolulu Police Chief Despite Controversy

HPD Chief Louis Kealoha is embroiled in several high profile incidents involving misconduct within his department, yet the Honolulu Police Commission says he “exceeds expectations.”

How Can Police Regain the Public’s Trust? Fotolia: Mario Beauregard

How Can Police Regain the Public’s Trust?

A new report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors provides meaningful lessons that can be applied in Honolulu in light of recent problems.

Don’t Expect a ‘Co-Chief’ Anytime Soon at HPD PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Don’t Expect a ‘Co-Chief’ Anytime Soon at HPD

The Honolulu Police Commission sent state lawmakers a short letter that did nothing to address their concerns about how Police Chief Louis Kealoha runs his department.

Attorney: Honolulu Police Chief’s Stolen Mailbox ‘An FBI Matter’ Flickr.com

Attorney: Honolulu Police Chief’s Stolen Mailbox ‘An FBI Matter’

But the federal law enforcement agency won’t say whether it is investigating or not.

Senators Want Better Management of HPD, Ask For ‘Co-Chiefs’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senators Want Better Management of HPD, Ask For ‘Co-Chiefs’

UPDATE: In a letter, four lawmakers ask the Honolulu Police Commission to appoint one to two people to help embattled Police Chief Louis Kealoha run his department.

Caldwell Won’t Discuss the Problems of Honolulu’s Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Won’t Discuss the Problems of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Mayor calls chief’s stolen mailbox case “a private matter,” even though it’s the subject of a potential FBI investigation.

Honolulu Police Commission Defers Chief Kealoha Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commission Defers Chief Kealoha Investigation

With an FBI probe already possible, chairman Ron Taketa said the commission will not pursue a case based on “rumor and speculation.”

FBI Asked to Probe Whether Honolulu Police Mishandled Chief’s Mailbox Theft Case PF Bentley/Civil Beat

FBI Asked to Probe Whether Honolulu Police Mishandled Chief’s Mailbox Theft Case

UPDATE: A federal public defender says the theft charge is being dropped and alleges the police withheld evidence and falsified reports.

Will Honolulu Police Commission Hold Chief Kealoha Accountable? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Will Honolulu Police Commission Hold Chief Kealoha Accountable?

That’s a question being asked by lawmakers who have concerns that the agency is ineffective when it comes to handling police oversight.

Did Honolulu’s Police Chief Intentionally Cause a Mistrial? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Did Honolulu’s Police Chief Intentionally Cause a Mistrial?

Kealoha’s remarks were out of line, the judge ruled. Now, the defense wants an investigation into corruption at the highest levels.

Mistrial Declared in Honolulu Police Chief’s Missing Mailbox Case PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Mistrial Declared in Honolulu Police Chief’s Missing Mailbox Case

The police chief revealed details about the defendant’s criminal history on the witness stand.

Missing Mailbox Exposes Family Friction for HPD Chief, Prosecutor Wife Civil Beat

Missing Mailbox Exposes Family Friction for HPD Chief, Prosecutor Wife

Someone took Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha’s mailbox. His wife blames her uncle. The public defender says it was someone else. Animosity pervades.

Honolulu Police Corruption