New HPD chief reacts to indictment of ex-city prosecutor, ongoing corruption probe
Logan talks of priorities to restore trust, integrity and beef up patrol officers
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New Honolulu Police Chief Arthur “Joe” Logan on Friday held his first news conference since being sworn in earlier this week and sought to take the first steps toward restoring public trust in the embattled agency.
Logan spoke on the same day that ex-city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro was indicted and arrested by FBI agents amid an ongoing corruption probe that’s also netted former Police Chief Louis Kealoha, his wife Katherine and other high-ranking city officials.
In the news conference, Logan said he hadn’t read the federal charges against Kaneshiro.
But he said one of his top priorities as police chief is to bolster transparency at the department.
“Any public official has to be accountable to the community they serve,” Logan said.
Logan spoke about his plans and a range of issues and controversies at the embattled agency.
“My first goal in the department is to earn the trust and confidence of the members of the Honolulu police department,” said Logan.
With 300 vacancies to fill, HPD is holding smaller recruit classes with mentoring and beefing up recruitment. Logan is looking at moving officers from special assignments to patrolling the streets.
“Patrol is the primary focus of the department right now because that’s where we engage with the public the most,” said Logan.
“Looking at hot spots and where those violent criminal acts are happening and how can task forces get together,” he added.
He also talked about the two SHOPO leaders on desk duty after criminal extortion allegations.
“I’m not saying they did something wrong, but we are looking into the allegation so right now we are taking the appropriate action to be transparent,” said Logan.
Logan insists his 36-year-old son Zane Logan who’s facing burglary and assault charges is not getting special treatment and he’s learning about the case through the news.
He says his son has battled addiction and went through rehab, but Logan broke off contact when he relapsed.
“That’s not my son that I raised or was part of his life. He and I have not lived together for the past 20 years or more,” said Logan.
He says it’ll take 6 months to a year to meet the officers across Oahu and that he’s honored to serve as chief.
“It’s a calling to be a police officer,” he said.
Logan was sworn in Tuesday as HPD’s new chief in a ceremony held behind closed doors. A public ceremony is scheduled for later this month.
This story will be updated.
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