Report: Police misconduct drops on Big Island

Report: Police misconduct drops on Big Island

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A newly released report shows a decrease in the number of Hawaii County police officers who were fired or suspended in 2015, compared to the previous year.

West Hawaii Today reports that the report presented to the county police commission Friday shows that two officers were fired and eight officers were suspended last year. The figures are an improvement from 2014, when three officers were fired and 17 suspended.

The two officers fired last year had both been arrested. One was accused of domestic abuse and threatening an on-duty officer, while the other was accused of tampering with the scene of a fatal traffic accident.

Police Chief Harry Kubojiri says the reports of misconduct represent only a small percentage of the department, which has 426 officers.

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