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Honolulu's police chief releases his 5-year vision

Louis Kealoha Louis Kealoha
Christine Camp Christine Camp

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

DOWNTOWN HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Safer streets, less traffic, and higher morale - those are the goals Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha unveiled on Wednesday.

The chief outlined his five-year vision plan to the Police Commission.

His number one goal is to have the lowest crime rate in the nation by 2015.

He plans to partner with a state agency that addresses all crimes, plus gather data to watch for crime trends.

Kealoha also wants to team up with Honolulu traffic experts to ease congestion, and enhance the Department's web site to increase access to crime reports and trends.

The Commission had some concerns. Chairwoman Christine Camp asked why police corruption is not targeted in the chief's strategy.

"We didn't want to duplicate things that are already in our policy, things that already address corruption , which is in our policies, which is in our standards of conduct," said Kealoha.

To deal with the tight budget, the city is planning to start furloughing some civilian employees in July.

But Chief Kealoha hopes to avoid that by cutting paychecks instead.


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