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Disciplinary actions against Big Island police officers have more than doubled this year compared to previous years.

West Hawaii Today reported Thursday that the Big Island police department’s 2010 report to the Legislature listed 35 infractions, up from 16 in 2009 and 14 in 2008.

Twenty-one suspensions dealt with officers not filing required incident reports, which are required to be filed within 24 hours of an event, followed by supplementary reports within 15 days.

Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira told the county Police Commission Wednesday that the department takes the violations very seriously.

He says some officers are not following procedures, and the department will take action against them.

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