Second in command at HPD announces retirement

Second in command at HPD announces retirement

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department's no. 2 in command, Deputy Chief Marie McCauley, announced her retirement Wednesday morning.

The announcement came weeks after she submitted her paperwork.

Sources say the police radio was removed from her subsidized vehicle in mid-October.

Still, McCauley attended the International Police Chiefs Conference in San Diego, Calif. two weeks ago with Chief Louis Kealoha at taxpayer's expense.

McCauley was named deputy chief in June 2011, becoming the first woman to reach that level.

She is a 35-year veteran of the department.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as an officer, protecting our community and keeping our neighborhoods safe," McCauley said in a statement, "I have the utmost respect for and gratitude to my colleagues at the HPD and look forward to ensuring a smooth transition, encouraging the next wave of emerging leaders within our ranks."

McCauley has announced retirement before, even went on vacation to celebrate, but she's made it known that she returned because Kealoha asked her to come back.

Her departure comes during a time of turmoil in HPD.

A federal grand jury has been hearing testimony against Kealoha for a year.  McCauley was called to testify, but used an employees' only entrance to avoid our camera. Since then, rules have been put in place restricting access to non-federal workers.

McCauley's retirement is effective Nov. 30.

Taking her place will be Jerry Inouye.  The current Assistant Chief will be promoted to Deputy Chief.   Inouye has managed to stay out of the spotlight until recently when he ended up on the hot seat at last month's Honolulu Police Commission meeting.

Inouye, sitting next to Chief Louis Kealoha, reported there were 1512 sex assault kits at HPD.

"That's the total number of kits in our custody right now, tested and untested," he told Commissioner Loretta Sheehan.

He was correct, that was the number in their custody at the time, but what he and Kealoha left out, was that HPD had already destroyed 1165 other kits without testing almost all of them.

The Commissioner was not happy when we made her aware of that information.

"It's disappointing," Sheehan said, "I feel that they were less than candid with the legislature and less than candid with the police commission."

Days later, state lawmakers issued a press release emphasizing the new law that requires every kit in Hawaii be tested for DNA evidence from now on.

The kits contains evidence from the victim: hair, body fluids, and skin.  If DNA profiles can be pulled, the information is added to a national database that can identify the attacker or connect that person to other crimes including assaults and burglaries.

Ilse Knecht of the Joyful Heart Foundation says law enforcement needs to be more forthcoming about information regarding rape evidence.

"it's time to fully put the numbers out there and just be clear," Knecht says.  She hopes HPD discloses all the reasons why about 40% of all the kits collected were destroyed without even trying to get DNA.

Inouye will have to be sworn in before taking on his new role.  It's unclear when that will happen.

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