MPD in­ter­nal probes re­sult in pun­ish­ments

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One Maui Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cer was fired and sus­pen­sions rang­ing from one to 10 days were or­dered for 13 of­fi­cers, as part of in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions and ac­tions con­cluded in the first half of the year, po­lice re­ported.

The fir­ing was or­dered in June for a Septem­ber 2015 in­ci­dent when money was re­ported miss­ing from a man’s wal­let af­ter an en­counter with a po­lice of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The of­fi­cer re­signed Nov. 19, 2015.

Ten-day sus­pen­sions were or­dered for abuse of a fam­ily house­hold mem­ber and for a fourth-de­gree as­sault ar­rest fol­low­ing ver­bal or phys­i­cal abuse with a spouse while off duty and out of the state, both in Oc­to­ber.

A seven-day sus­pen­sion was or­dered for an of­fi­cer who didn’t re­spond to a call for ser­vice and fal­si­fied a po­lice re­port in May 2016.

A five-day sus­pen­sion was or­dered for an of­fi­cer who called in sick but was seen per­form­ing at a mu­si­cal event in De­cem­ber.

A three-day sus­pen­sion was or­dered for a su­per­vi­sor who didn’t re­spond to an abuse-type in­ci­dent in Au­gust. A three-day sus­pen­sion and trans­fer were or­dered for an of­fi­cer who acted in­ap­pro­pri­ately in pub­lic while off duty in July 2016.

An of­fi­cer who was off duty and driv­ing a po­lice ve­hi­cle was sus­pended for two days and or­dered to un­dergo de­fen­sive driver train­ing af­ter col­lid­ing into a ve­hi­cle in front of the of­fi­cer in Oc­to­ber.

One-day sus­pen­sions were or­dered for an of­fi­cer who failed to prop­erly and thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate an in­ci­dent and an of­fi­cer who failed to prop­erly su­per­vise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an in­ci­dent in Au­gust; and for an of­fi­cer who was on duty and lost con­trol of a ve­hi­cle at ex­ces­sive speed and hit a dirt em­bank­ment in Septem­ber.

Other one-day sus­pen­sions were for los­ing a speed laser gun in Au­gust and for find­ing a speed laser gun miss­ing while mak­ing traf­fic stops in De­cem­ber.

A one-day sus­pen­sion also was or­dered for an of­fi­cer who de­nied a man’s re­quest to be es­corted to a home to re­trieve per­sonal be­long­ings un­der a pro­tec­tive or­der in Au­gust.

Dis­ci­plinary ac­tion was held in abeyance for a for­mer em­ployee who failed to prop­erly doc­u­ment an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an of­fi­cer in July 2016.

Po­lice re­ported or­der­ing writ­ten rep­ri­mands to an off­duty of­fi­cer who vi­o­lated the right of way and col­lided into an­other ve­hi­cle in Au­gust and to an on-duty of­fi­cer who col­lided into a ve­hi­cle en­ter­ing the park­ing area at the Wailuku Po­lice Sta­tion in June 2016.

Writ­ten rep­ri­mands also were given to an em­ployee who trans­mit­ted a lewd joke over a po­lice chan­nel and to an em­ployee who par­tic­i­pated in the joke in Au­gust.

Other writ­ten rep­ri­mands were for fail­ing to re­port for duty at a Maui Fair booth in Oc­to­ber and for in­sub­or­di­na­tion by fail­ing to meet with a su­per­vi­sor in April 2016.

Oral rep­ri­mands were or­dered for nine mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents — re­vers­ing into a mail­box in De­cem­ber, hit­ting a con­crete sup­port while re­vers­ing in July 2016, hit­ting the cor­ner of a build­ing while re­vers­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2016, hit­ting a wooden fence while re­vers­ing in Au­gust, hit­ting a plume­ria tree while re­vers­ing in Septem­ber, hit­ting a wooden fence post while re­vers­ing in Septem­ber, fail­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a turn and hit­ting curbing in Au­gust, re­vers­ing into a ve­hi­cle in a pri­vate park­ing lot in Novem­ber and col­lid­ing into a ve­hi­cle in a pri­vate park­ing lot in Oc­to­ber.

Other oral rep­ri­mands were for out­side em­ploy­ment while on in­jury leave from May to Novem­ber 2016 and for fail­ing to prop­erly col­lect and log pris­oner’s prop­erty in July 2016.

Two al­le­ga­tions were de­ter­mined to be un­founded. Ten com­plaints weren’t sus­tained.

From Jan­uary to June, po­lice re­ported con­clud­ing in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into 38 in­ci­dents in­volv­ing 46 em­ploy­ees.

The names of the of­fi­cers were not made pub­lic.

Peo­ple who wish to com­ment on the Maui Po­lice Depart­ment or the ac­tions of its em­ploy­ees may con­tact the em­ployee’s com­man­der or write to Chief Tivoli Faaumu in care of the Maui Po­lice Depart­ment, 55 Ma­ha­lani St., Wailuku 96793.

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