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Honolulu Police Department

Police Commissioners: Redirect HPD Funds To Social Services And Cut Overtime Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commissioners: Redirect HPD Funds To Social Services And Cut Overtime

Other cities are considering moving police department funds to social services. Some Honolulu police commissioners say the city should follow suit.

Judge Upholds New State Law Requiring Police Misconduct Disclosure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Upholds New State Law Requiring Police Misconduct Disclosure

Judge Dean Ochiai ruled that officers’ names should be released to the Legislature and the public even if discipline is still being appealed.

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises

More cities are adopting a model for de-escalation that has the potential to benefit people with mental illness, allow police to focus on serious crime and save taxpayer dollars. 

Will This Watchdog Bite? The Honolulu Police Commission Is At A Crossroads Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will This Watchdog Bite? The Honolulu Police Commission Is At A Crossroads

Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s appointment could determine how aggressively the commission oversees the Honolulu Police Department.

‘Significant’ Disparity In Use Of Force Questioned By Honolulu Police Commission Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

‘Significant’ Disparity In Use Of Force Questioned By Honolulu Police Commission

HPD officials say Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have higher arrest rates and the use of force is not out of line.

Judge Sends Former Cop Who Flipped On The Kealohas To Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Sends Former Cop Who Flipped On The Kealohas To Prison

A former Big Island firefighter who admitted to having an affair with Katherine Kealoha received a much more lenient sentence.

New Police Disciplinary Reports Reveal Serious Misconduct By Dozens Of Officers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Police Disciplinary Reports Reveal Serious Misconduct By Dozens Of Officers

This year, police agencies are required to include the names of officers who have been suspended as well as discharged once their disciplinary actions are final.

Civil Beat Sues Honolulu Police To Make Officer Overtime Data Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Sues Honolulu Police To Make Officer Overtime Data Public

HPD has refused to hand over information that is routinely shared in other cities.

HPD Chief Shakes Up Covert Intelligence Unit After Years Of Scandal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Shakes Up Covert Intelligence Unit After Years Of Scandal

The Intelligence Enforcement Unit was at the center of the Kealoha conspiracy as well as a more recent surveillance operation that targeted a political appointee.