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Honolulu Police Department

Former Police Chief Wants Taxpayers To Cover His Criminal Defense Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Police Chief Wants Taxpayers To Cover His Criminal Defense

Louis Kealoha already has a federal public defender but now wants the city to provide legal help, too.

Labor Board: Police Chief Did Nothing Wrong When She Transferred SHOPO President Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Labor Board: Police Chief Did Nothing Wrong When She Transferred SHOPO President

It was OK for Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard to publicly explain why she felt it necessary to reassign Tenari Ma’afala and other union officials.

Honolulu Police Corruption: Another Cop Pleads Guilty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Corruption: Another Cop Pleads Guilty

HPD Sgt. Daniel Sellers is the latest veteran officer to admit wrongdoing in the nearly 5-year-old federal corruption case.

Lawsuit Filed Against Honolulu Police Over Beach Park Shooting Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Filed Against Honolulu Police Over Beach Park Shooting

Witnesses dispute the HPD’s version of a fatal shooting on the North Shore in 2017, the suit claims.

Honolulu Is Short On Cops — And Seattle Is Poaching Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Is Short On Cops — And Seattle Is Poaching

Mainland police departments are making it easy for rookie and veteran officers to relocate. With 246 vacancies, the HPD may start doing the same.

Police Chief: Sharing Information With Kaneshiro Not In City’s ‘Best Interest’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Chief: Sharing Information With Kaneshiro Not In City’s ‘Best Interest’

UPDATED: Mayor’s office is “seriously considering” Susan Ballard’s request that the prosecuting attorney be excluded from public safety meetings because of reports he’s under investigation.

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.