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MPD investigations lead to suspensions

The Maui News

Suspensions of one and seven days were ordered for Maui Police Department employees as part of internal investigations and actions concluded in July, police reported.

The seven-day suspension was for being involved in a physical altercation while off duty in November, according to police.

A one-day suspension was ordered for failing to report for a 6 a.m. shift in January, police reported.

A written reprimand was ordered for an officer who searched a vehicle without consent, didn’t notify a supervisor of an arrest and didn’t complete a report by the end of the workweek, according to police.

Another written reprimand was for failing to report on time for a 6 a.m. shift in January.

Oral reprimands were ordered for officers who were on duty and involved in four motor vehicle accidents — hitting a tree while reversing in January, hitting a fire hydrant while making a right turn in January, reversing into a mailbox in February and colliding into the rear of a vehicle preparing to stop in March.

An oral reprimand also was ordered for being absent during 6 a.m. roll call despite being warned about chronic tardiness.

A charge of misconduct wasn’t sustained for an officer who allegedly used the butt of a handgun to shatter a driver’s side window to stop an offender from driving away, causing the accidental discharge of the weapon into the air, police reported.

The names of 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.