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Correa out as police chief

Chief Boisse Correa Chief Boisse Correa
Christine Camp Christine Camp

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Honolulu Police Commission is launching a search for a new chief. The panel announced Wednesday that Boisse Correa is out as the city's top cop.

After meeting with Correa behind closed doors, the commission said it won't extend his contract, which is set to expire in August. That comes as welcome news to many rank-and-file officers who have expressed frustration over his leadership.

The seven-member panel is responsible for appointing and, when necessary, removing Honolulu's chief of police.

Commissioners gave Correa high marks during a performance review just two weeks ago. But they say they don't see the 39-year, HPD veteran being at the helm for another five-year term, so it's in the best interest of the department to seek a new chief now.

"Could the chief have said anything today to change your mind?" a reporter asked commission chair Christine Camp.

"Um, no," she replied. "I think that at this point, it's really related to our internal discussions as to where we believe the next five years should be."

"This process has not been about one year or five years or the work performance of the chief or our achievements," Correa said following the announcement. "It's really been about the commission wants another chief for the next five years and that's their prerogative."

The union representing about 1,900 Honolulu police officers says officer morale has plummeted while Correa has been the chief. But his supporters say the city's crime rate has declined under his leadership.

Correa joined the department when he was 24 years old. The now 63-year-old plans to serve out his term, which ends August 27th.

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