Grand opening held for $1.2M sheriff's booking facility

By Courtney Viernes

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Sheriff Division Booking-Receiving and Warrants Facility has a new location after two years of planning and construction.

The new location on Keawe Street is more of a convenience than the previous location at Halawa Correctional Facility, which made it difficult for people to voluntarily turn themselves in.

In result, they were seeing delays in processing arrests due to the transportation and paperwork difficulties. The new facility location will be a positive reinforcement for the community.

"This new facility will help streamline operations for the Sheriff's Division as well as provide a valuable service to the surrounding community," said Governor Neil Abercrombie. "I commend the Sheriff's Division for the work they do to ensure public safety on all levels."

Gov. Neil Abercrombie along with federal officials, local contractors, designers and utility companies who helped make this possible in the official grand opening of the facility.

The $1.2 million facility opened last month. The number of bookings has nearly doubled from 74 in November 2010 to 155 in November of this year.

"We expect the number of people who voluntarily turn themselves in to increase because of this move to a new location," said State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha. "The relocated facility is ideally located to service members of the public and better support our law enforcement partners".

The planning of the new facility was a joint construction effort by The State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety (PSD), federal officials, other state agencies, local contractors, designers, and utility companies who participated.

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