Hawaii lawmakers are pushing for more police oversight in the wake of incidents that they say chipped away at the public’s trust.
Hawaii is the only state without a statewide board to ensure that law enforcement officers meet certain standards for hiring and training. Two Senate Committees passed a bill Thursday that would create that type of board.
The Honolulu Police Department opposed the bill, saying the department already meets the highest possible standards.
Democratic Sen. Rosalyn Baker says Hawaii’s law enforcement departments need more transparency, and having officers watch over officers doesn’t fit the bill.
A similar proposal failed in the Legislature last year, but this year the bill has wide support among senators.