PR firm paid $106K after 1-year contract with HPD

PR firm paid $106K after 1-year contract with HPD

HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu Police Department has recently ended its one-year contract with a public relations firm with a new department-wide communications plan that seeks to address the agency's public perception problems.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports HPD entered into the contract with The Bennet Group in March 2016 in the wake of news reports about a federal investigation into then-police Chief Louis Kealoha. President and CEO Joan Bennet confirmed her company was paid about $106,000 for its work.

The group provided training classes to top HPD officials and created a communications plan, which suggested the department improve its reputation by educating the public on its efforts in the community and by addressing misperceptions relating to domestic violence policies, personnel matters and other issues.

Capt. Rade Vadic says HPD benefited from the firm's insight and training.

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