Special Report { Uncovering Police Misconduct In Hawaii

Show Us The Money: HPD Wants $2K For Three Files

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Police disciplinary records are supposed to be released when an officer is discharged. But getting those records can be tough — and so expensive that most people likely can’t afford it — as Civil Beat has learned in researching this special report.

We asked for the disciplinary files for nine Honolulu Police Department officers discharged between 2000 and 2011. But HPD told us those records had been destroyed.

Disciplinary records are only kept for 30 months, we were told, although it can be longer if a disciplinary decision has been appealed or if the information is under subpoena. It’s still not clear to us why discharge files from 2010 and 2011 are no longer in existence.

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