17 HPD officers fired in 2015, far more than in previous years

17 HPD officers fired in 2015, big increase from previous years
Published: Feb. 1, 2016 at 8:15 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department fired 17 officers in 2015, more than double the total the year before.

The figures were included in HPD's annual disciplinary report, which was submitted to the state Legislature on Friday.

Several of the firings involved high-profile cases.

Sgt. Darren Cachola, who was caught on surveillance video fighting with his girlfriend in a Waipahu restaurant, was among those fired.

Also fired: Officer Vince Morre, who is serving time in prison for a game room attack that was also caught on surveillance video.

The two officers who were with Morre that day also lost their jobs.

And HPD fired Officer Alan Ahn, who was the subject of a SWAT raid and charged with numerous drug crimes.

Lawmakers called the uptick significant.

"The increase that we're seeing is a little alarming," says State Sen. Will Espero, who is on the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Espero said eight officers were fired in 2014 and just one was fire in 2013.

The other officers fired in 2015 were accused of various violations. The most common: Absence without leave.

Others were fired for domestic violence. One inappropriately touched a female driver during a traffic stop, and another viewed porn on a computer.

While the increase bothers Espero, he believes the department is working harder to clean up the department.

"Now we do see that cases are being taken seriously and maybe it's just a matter of leadership and management putting more resources into dealing with these problems." he said.

A total of 58 officers were disciplined last year -- most of them suspended from one day up to one month.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, a 24-year veteran of the police force was arrested for driving under the influence in Kaneohe. In an exclusive story, Hawaii News Now reported that 49-year-old Dennis Stone was also accused of beating up a man who allegedly beat up his daughter in 2013.

Another Honolulu police officer was also arrested in Las Vegas over the weekend, according to the Clark County jail. Grant Kimura, a 10-year veteran of the force, was arrested for abuse. HPD has restricted his police powers.

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