5 officers suspended at Police Department

Suspensions ranging from one to 10 days were ordered for five Maui Police Department officers as part of internal investigations concluded in March and April, police reported.

The 10-day suspension was for accusing a person of theft, breaching confidentiality and committing a criminal act in September, according to police. The officer also was transferred.

An officer received a one-day suspension for failing to properly perform duties in helping a person with special needs in October.

Another one-day suspension was for unauthorized transport of a citizen in a police vehicle by an officer who was on duty in March 2013. The officer’s take-home vehicle privileges were suspended as part of the discipline.

One-day suspensions also were ordered for an officer who failed to perform professional duties in September and for an officer who failed to respond to an incident without a justifiable excuse in June 2013.

Three officers received oral reprimands for vehicle collisions last year. One officer hit an electrical pole in February 2013, another failed to stop and collided into the rear of another vehicle in August and a third hit a gate post in August.

No action was taken in an investigation involving an officer hitting a rock on an unpaved road in August because the officer resigned from the department.

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 Gary Yabuta in care of the Maui Police Department, 55 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.