HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police Officer James Yee allegedly shoplifted groceries at the Times Supermarket in Mililani Town Center. The 48-year-old was arrested this past Tuesday night and is now charged with 4th degree theft: A petty misdemeanor.
Yee has indeed been stripped of his police authority; which means no gun, no badge and he's on administrative duty.
He's one of about two dozen H.P.D. officers in recent months who've either been under criminal investigation or prosecuted.
Police Chief Louis Kealoha says he and many of the 2,000 officers in the Honolulu Police Department are frustrated by the arrest of Officer Yee and the other officers this year.
Kealoha explained, "I'm disappointed to learn of the arrest of one of our officers. This arrest as well as the recent arrests of our officers is unacceptable. The reason why is because it erodes our public's interest in an otherwise great police organization."
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle stated, "No matter how many shining examples there are around them, these types of things do occur and the only thing that you can do is hold them accountable for it and make sure you make an example of them."
Chief Kealoha says he's been going to and will continue to go to every patrol district and watch to talk to the officers and reinforce the necessity to make good personal choices.
Police recruits do go through ethics training. Supervisors and other officers have annual recall training and online ethics training to familiarize them with proper police protocol and code of conduct standards.