HPD Chief Target of Ethics Probe - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

HPD Chief Target of Ethics Probe

Det. Alex Garcia, State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers. Det. Alex Garcia, State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers.

by Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Honolulu's top cop is under investigation. KHNL News 8 has learned the city Ethics Commission has opened an investigation into police chief Boisse Correa.

The union representing the state's police officers is accusing the chief of ethical wrongdoing. The city Ethics Commission has agreed to look into the concerns raised by the union.

Honolulu police chief Boisse Correa has his officers scratching their heads, following his trip to Idaho's mountains in June.

"There seems to be a double standard regarding the policy on travel," Det. Alex Garcia, State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers, said.

The union representing the officers wants to know why the chief attended a conference in Sun Valley, when he was supposed to be on restricted duty.

"When an officer is injured or comes back from an injury, he's not allowed to do any training or any extra-curricular activities," Garcia said. "However, the chief just had back surgery and he's supposed to be on limited or light duty, yet he's taken a trip to a resort at the city expense."

Correa went to the Major Cities Chiefs Conference, which included meetings, training sessions, a bowling tournament, and three days of golfing.

"In most city-sponsored seminars that we attend, it's a 40-hour structured class environment where you learn things that benefit the community or the city," Garcia said. "In this case, when we looked at the agenda, half of the agenda was golf tournaments, bowling tournaments, cocktail parties, things of that nature."

The city Ethics Commission is now investigating.

"Another concern was that most of these events were sponsored by some businesses that do business with the city, some companies that we think would be in conflict," Garcia said.

The Honolulu Police Department's Capt. Frank Fujii said, "All of Chief Correa's travel is pre-approved by both the city administration and police commission. The chief is not aware of the investigation, but it's in his character to cooperate fully with any investigation or inquiry."

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Yosemite reopens to visitors with smoky air, limited lodging

    Yosemite reopens to visitors with smoky air, limited lodging

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 2:11 AM EDT2018-08-14 06:11:30 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:59 PM EDT2018-08-15 16:59:45 GMT
    The nearly three-week closure of Yosemite was the result of a massive wildfire that has burned 150 square miles and killed at least two firefighters since it started July 13. (Source: KCRA/CNN)The nearly three-week closure of Yosemite was the result of a massive wildfire that has burned 150 square miles and killed at least two firefighters since it started July 13. (Source: KCRA/CNN)

    Most of Yosemite National Park is set to reopen Tuesday after a 20-day closure that cost the tourist magnet millions of dollars and devastated local businesses.

    More >>

    Most of Yosemite National Park is set to reopen Tuesday after a 20-day closure that cost the tourist magnet millions of dollars and devastated local businesses.

    More >>
  • Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

    Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-08-15 02:18:04 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:59 PM EDT2018-08-15 16:59:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, holding clipboard, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, shakes hands with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt.,...(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, holding clipboard, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, shakes hands with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt.,...
    Christine Hallquist, the first transgender candidate to win a major-party nomination for governor, will face Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who won his party's nomination to run for a second term.More >>
    Christine Hallquist, the first transgender candidate to win a major-party nomination for governor, will face Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who won his party's nomination to run for a second term.More >>
  • White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    Monday, August 13 2018 1:38 AM EDT2018-08-13 05:38:00 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-08-15 16:58:20 GMT
    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of PFAS. (Source: Raycom Media)Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of PFAS. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of chemicals used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more.

    More >>

    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of chemicals used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly