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A key part of Honolulu’s homeless strategy lies in a scrubby field off Lagoon Drive at Ke’ehi Lagoon Park. That’s where the Honolulu Police Department has set up a COVID-19 isolation center where, currently, up to 100 homeless clients can maintain social distancing while they decide what their next steps might be. The city considers the project highly successful in getting people off the street.

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This week, questions have been raised about discrepancies in the Honolulu Police Department’s "use of force" reports, resulting in an undercount of deaths involving police. This comes as protests across America have focused on police reform. Loretta Sheehan chaired the Honolulu Police Commission until January, and discussed what changes could look like at HPD.

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Honolulu's police chief plans to use new officers promised by the mayor's latest budget plan to add neighborhood patrols and increase homeless outreach.

Hawaii Emergency Management Authority may build and maintain the state’s emergency siren system, but officials said they are not to blame for the emergency sirens that sounded by accident on Oahu and in Kahului, Maui, on Wednesday.

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A Honolulu police sergeant has requested a jury trial after pleading not guilty to charges he abused and harassed his estranged wife, a report said.

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Two Honolulu police officers arrested Friday are innocent of allegations they forced a man to lick a urinal, a defense attorney said.

Officers John Rabago and Reginald Ramones were charged with depriving a man of his civil rights.

Federal authorities knew about the allegations for more than a year before the officers were indicted, said , Megan Kau, Rabago's defense attorney.

"This is not a complicated case," she said. "This is a case of one man saying that two police officers forced him to a lick a toilet bowl."

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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has agreed to retire. The announcement came on Friday after the Honolulu Police Commission emerged from an hour-long executive session, the second closed door meeting in a week.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The future of Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha could be determined this Friday. That’s when the Honolulu Police Commission will reconvene to make a decision on the Chief’s employment status. It was the first time the Commission had met since Kealoha went on paid leave last month after receiving a target letter from the FBI. 

HPD New Crimemapping Site Up and Running

Nov 15, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Police Department announced today that its Crime Mapping Website is fully operational, including data on violent crimes.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

AR-15 Rifle Part III: Permits and Registration

Sep 21, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Police Department is responsible for issuing gun permits and registering all firearms on O’ahu.   In our continuing series on the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, we take a look at what it takes to legally own one.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

AR-15 Rifle Part I: The Owners

Sep 19, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is at the center of the clash between gun owners and gun control advocates.  It’s been used in a number of mass killings but remains one of the best selling rifles in America. 

HPD Launches Smart 9-1-1 Public Safety Enhancement

Sep 9, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Police Department launched a new public safety initiative during a news conference today.  The goal is to shorten response times and save lives.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A Joint Legislative Committee on Public Safety convened an informational briefing today on the Honolulu Police Department’s response to domestic violence cases. Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women executive director, Cathy Betts, receives calls daily from domestic violence victims complaining about how police officers handle their cases.