KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County police commissioners are critical of bills before the state Legislature that would alter and reduce police commission powers.
West Hawaii Today reports their primary concern is with a bill that would give the mayor of each county the authority to fire the police chief. That power currently rests solely with the state's four county police commissions.
Hawaii County Police Commissioner Leroy Victorine says police commissions were set up to keep politics out of the process. He says giving the mayor the power to fire the police chief goes against what commissions were created for.
The commissioners are also concerned about bills that would change the makeup of their volunteer nine-member panel to ensure that three commissioners have experience in civil rights, women's issues and law enforcement.