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                                Honolulu Police officers during routine foot patrols along King Street in Chinatown.
COVID-19 sidelines 22 Honolulu Police Department officers

Twenty-two Honolulu police officers were isolated or quarantined Wednesday after testing positive or being exposed to the COVID-19 virus, but the absences are not hindering department operations, interim Chief Rade K. Vanic told Honolulu police commissioners. Read more

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                                Honolulu police are seen outside Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC).
OCCC is fighting outbreak of more than 100 infections

More than 100 inmates and an employee at the Oahu Community Correctional Center have tested positive for COVID-19, a cluster of infections that the state Department of Public Safety is working quickly to contain before it spreads into the community. Read more

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                                Honolulu police are seen outside Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC).
American Civil Liberties Union joins call for early release of certain prisoners

The ACLU of Hawaii is joining the state Public Defender’s call for the early release of certain classifications of prisoners and is urging the Hawaii Department of Public Safety to vaccinate more of its employees as two of several steps needed to stop the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus among the state’s incarcerated population. Read more

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Many Honolulu first responders ask to opt out of vaccine

First responders account for about 44% of the 890 applications for religious or medical exemptions from the city’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, as Mayor Rick Blangiardi aggressively defends the mandate and additional emergency orders as the only way to keep the community safe from the outbreak of the delta variant. Read more

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                                HPD.
Police increasing checkpoints through holiday weekend

Police officers across the state are increasing impaired-­driving checkpoints through the holiday weekend to stop bad behavior on Hawaii’s roadways and help alleviate the strain on first responders taxed by the response to COVID-19. Read more

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                                Honolulu Police Department headquarters on Beretania Street.
COVID sidelines 37 Honolulu police officers, 3 civilian employees

Thirty-seven Honolulu police officers are in self­-quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 or coming in close contact with other people infected with the virus, according to a Hono­lulu Police Department report delivered to the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday. Read more

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                                Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Public defender seeks release of certain inmates to curb COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 infections in Hawaii prompted the Public Defender’s Office to again call for the release of certain classifications of inmates to alleviate overcrowded correctional facilities where short-staffed teams of workers are doing what they can to stop outbreaks inside the facility from spreading to the community. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JUNE 4
                                Acting HPD Chief Rade K. Vanic has run the department since June 30.
Leading city agencies in Honolulu all lack top officials

As Hawaii battles a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overrun hospitals and health care workers, three of Honolulu’s four first-responder agencies lack permanent leaders, and acting chiefs are coordinating the response to a global public health crisis while lobbying to keep their jobs. Read more


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