Complaints against KPD officers dismissed

LIHU‘E — The county Police Commission heard updates on complaints about officers and increased criminal activity near the port at its July meeting in the Pi‘ikoi Building.

Commission Vice President Ernest Kanekea presented findings from two reviews conducted in June. Neither complaint was sustained or forwarded to Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl Perry for further investigation, citing insufficient evidence to prove the allegations.

The first complaint had alleged that an officer had “provoked behavior unbecoming of an officer,” lied, and was not revealing the name of his superior when asked.

The second complaint alleged that an officer “obstructed justice by being unfair in his decisions, and by not doing his job in sending his complaint and evidence to the prosecutor’s office.”

The commission went into executive session to discuss four new complaints. Two were filed against individual officers. Another was filed against the county alleging “rudeness, physical abuse, and unprofessional conduct” of an individual.

The final complaint was directed at an officer of the county, alleging “unprofessionalism” in not complying with its “Pono” mission statement.

Commission Chair Charles Iona presented a copy of the Honolulu Police Commission Annual 2010 Report. He and other commissioners received the report after attending the annual conference in Honolulu last month.

Perry in his report to the commission noted that a Letter of Commendation dated July 8 was to thank 14 employees and the KPD for its assistance and support in helping to make Kaua‘i DARE Day 2011 a success.

Perry reported there were 86 felony and 303 misdemeanor arrests in June. There were 48 bench warrants and 193 for legal service issued.

The chief reported that KPD would be starting a Nawiliwili project to address an increased level of criminal activity near the port. Some of this activity has been involving or targeting ships’ passengers. An arrest was made Thursday as part of this effort.

In other commission business, KPD Sgt. Kenneth Cummings was presented as the department’s Officer of the Month.

Commissioner Tom Iannucci said Cummings is a military veteran of the Middle East, and that his name comes up frequently on good reports.

“We need more like him,” Iannucci added.

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