Honolulu Police Leadership Leaves Neighborhoods Unprotected
Police staffing is critically low; Residents and Businesses at-risk
News Release from SHOPO, Feb 10, 2022
Honolulu, HI – Every single day the leadership of the Honolulu Police Department chooses not to deploy enough officers to patrol all police beats, leaving many neighborhoods unprotected, without a single officer patrolling for the entire shift.
Click here to see how understaffed every part of our Island is.
“HPD deliberately choosing not to deploy enough police officers to protect every neighborhood is dangerous and unacceptable, and O’ahu County leaders must address this public safety crisis immediately,” said Robert Cavaco, President of SHOPO. “Our residents deserve more than a roll of the dice to determine whether they will have an officer patrol their neighborhood that day or not. This is simply not fair and it’s not safe for our residents or our officers.”
WHO: Robert Cavaco, President of SHOPO, SHOPO Board Members
WHAT: Press Conference to expose the chronic HPD understaffing. Detailed maps showing actual shortages from the past weekend (February 4 to February 6) will be provided to show the breadth of the negative impact on neighborhood police patrols.
WHEN: Thursday, February 10, 2022 12:00 PM
WHERE: SHOPO Office 1717 Hoe Street Honolulu, HI 96819
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