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VIDEO: Police Chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy
By Video @ 2:34 AM :: 2857 Views :: Ethics, Police

From HPD YouTube Page: Chief Ballard talks about the CET investigation.

In internal video, police chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy

HNN Feb 26, 2021: … Honolulu’s police chief said in an internal video message to rank and file on Friday that overtime abuse within the department involved hundreds of officers.

“Between Sept. 29, 2020 to Nov. 20, 2020 of last year, 263 officers worked in excess of the departmental set ceilings,” said HPD Chief Susan Ballard.

The video was sent to officers Friday morning on the department’s private communication channel.

After Hawaii News Now inquired about the video, HPD officials said it will be posted online for the public to view on Monday.

“The chief wanted to do an internal notification first,” said HPD Spokeswoman Michelle Yu.

In the video, Ballard said she made one rule about overtime when it came to the federal CARES funding the department received to enforce COVID-19 violations last year.

“And that was that officers could only work up to 20 hours a week initially, and then we changed it to 24 hours per week,” Ballard said.

Records months ago showed that 49 officers logged between 130 and 198 hours of overtime, eight more clocked between 200 and 256 hours of OT, and two recorded more than 300 hours of overtime.

Ballard said out of the 263 officers who violated policy, four cases were turned over to the state Attorney General’s Office for criminal investigation. However, those cases were declined….  

read … In internal video, police chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy

KITV: She also says the department is still investigating whether 11 officers actually worked the overtime hours they claimed they did.

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