HPD officer arrested on suspicion of abuse of a family member

Jason Kawabata
Jason Kawabata

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – An 18 year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department has been arrested on suspicion of abuse of a family member. 42-year-old Jason Kawabata was arrested on Thursday. The alleged victim is Kawabata's wife, who is a sergeant in the department.

"The Honolulu Police Department holds our officers to a higher standard than the general public. I am deeply concerned about the allegations, and we have opened both criminal and administrative investigations. We take each complaint seriously.  No one is above the law" said Chief Louis Kealoha in a statement.

Kawabata works in the department's information technology division. He was named Lieutenant of the Year in 2009. Kawabata is free after posting $1,000 bail. His court appearance is set for September 30.

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