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Honolulu Police Corruption Probe Now Includes Katherine Kealoha’s Brother Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Corruption Probe Now Includes Katherine Kealoha’s Brother

A federal grand jury continues to expand its investigation, now delving into prescription pain medications that were seized during a 2015 drug raid.

HPD Program For Domestic Violence Victims Stalls Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

HPD Program For Domestic Violence Victims Stalls

Two years after advocates convinced Honolulu police officers to implement a threat assessment form for victims, its use has dropped by half.

A Plan To Keep Homeless Offenders Out Of Jail In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Plan To Keep Homeless Offenders Out Of Jail In Honolulu

Police and the prosecuting attorney’s office are still deciding what nonviolent crimes qualify the homeless to participate in a diversion program.

Police Security Cameras May Soon Blanket Waikiki Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Security Cameras May Soon Blanket Waikiki

Tourism officials believe heightened surveillance will make visitors feel safer, but the Hawaii ACLU says it poses “grave concerns” for privacy.

HPD Wants Inflatable Tents In City Parks For Temporary Use By The Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Wants Inflatable Tents In City Parks For Temporary Use By The Homeless

Police have a $3 million plan to create “lift zones” in Honolulu parks, where the homeless can sleep in inflatable tents and receive services when shelters fill up.

Sex-Sting Vigilantes Are Trying to Bust ‘Predators’ In Hawaii Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Sex-Sting Vigilantes Are Trying to Bust ‘Predators’ In Hawaii

But concerns are being raised by police and others about the type of tactics used by groups like Hawaii Predator Hunters Facebook Group.

HPD Chief: Police Not At Fault In Closing Of Domestic Violence Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief: Police Not At Fault In Closing Of Domestic Violence Program

The Domestic Violence Action Center denied Chief Susan Ballard’s contention that their partnership failed because the center couldn’t meet promised quotas.

Victim Advocates Withdraw From Partnership with Honolulu Police PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Victim Advocates Withdraw From Partnership with Honolulu Police

The Domestic Violence Action Center will return $400,000 in grants because HPD didn’t use its services when responding to domestic violence calls.

Police Commission: Why Is It So Hard To Get A Permit To Carry A Gun In This City? Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Police Commission: Why Is It So Hard To Get A Permit To Carry A Gun In This City?

In the wake of a federal court decision challenging Hawaii’s restrictive gun laws, the commission wants a deeper look at HPD’s process for denying gun carry applications.

Kealohas’ Bank Fraud Trial Moved To June Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas’ Bank Fraud Trial Moved To June

A federal magistrate granted a request to postpone the trial because an undisclosed medical condition would hamper Katherine Kealoha’s ability to participate in her defense.

Man Shot By HPD Told Several Times to Drop His Knife, Police Recording Reveals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Man Shot By HPD Told Several Times to Drop His Knife, Police Recording Reveals

No video images were captured of the shooting  because an HPD officer accidentally covered the lens of the camera in the pistol grip of his stun gun.

Experts: Lack Of Mental Health Treatment Among The Culprits In Police Shootings Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Experts: Lack Of Mental Health Treatment Among The Culprits In Police Shootings

Six armed suspects have been shot and killed by Honolulu police in recent weeks. Four appear to have suffered from mental health problems.