Nearly once a week, on average, a Honolulu police officer is disciplined for misconduct. Yet the details of that bad behavior are never publicly revealed. More than a quarter of those incidents can be classified as criminal behavior — assaults, domestic violence, fleeing the scene of an accident, even criminal convictions. Civil Beat used annual summaries of misconduct provided to the Legislature by the Honolulu Police Department to compile 20 years of disciplinary action into an interactive database. Recent years include more information about officer misconduct, including whether an incident was sent to prosecutors or a disciplinary action was challenged by the union.
2020-46: Reported to work in an impaired state which affected his ability to perform assigned duties. Abandoned assigned post without being relieved of duty and/or without proper notifcation to a supervisor. Left equipment unattended at assigned post.
Criminal Conduct Initiated:
Theft in the Fourth Degree
(Prosecutors not notified because unable to establish the elements of a crime.)
2018-8: Operated a personal vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant while off duty. Collided with a traffic light post and bus stop shelter. Refused to sumbit for testing for a measurable amount of alcohol as required by law.
Criminal Conduct Initiated:
Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant
Refusal to Submit to Testing for Measurable Amount of Alcohol
(Pursuant to the grievance process, arbitrator vacated the discharge and imposed a 6-month suspension.)
2017-10: Failed to stop and report being involved in a motor vehicle collision with his subsidized vehicle. Operated a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Was untruthful and provided contradictory statements during the investigation. Was untruthful and left his assignment without authorization or without being properly relieved to attend a family gathering. Consumed alcoholic beverages at the gathering while still on duty. Falsified information on the Daily Attendance Report.
Criminal Conduct Initiated: Accidents Involving Damage to Vehicle or Property Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant
(Pursuant to the grievance process, discharge reduced to 10-month suspension.)
2017-6: Tested positive during a mandatory drug urinalysis test.
(Pursuant to the grievance prcoess, the arbitrator reversed the discharge and reinstated the officer. The arbitrator believed the officer was not terminated for just and sufficient cause. The arbitrator found that although the officer tested positive for an illicit drug, the discharge penalty was unreasonable and that not enough consideration was given to the officer's claim of accident ingestion.)