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MPD employees disciplined for violations

The Maui News – Maui Police Department employees were disciplined with suspensions ranging from one to 10 days for violations sustained in 16 cases last year, according to an MPD report to the state Legislature.

Police reported a charge of misconduct was sustained for use of drugs based on an officer’s positive drug test in May. In December, the officer was suspended for 10 days, ordered to complete an employer-approved treatment program and transferred out of a specialized unit, according to the report.

The number of sustained violations that resulted in suspensions or firings increased in 2017, compared to nine such violations that MPD reported to the Legislature for 2016.

MPD also reported 45 deployments of Tasers in 2017.

Last year, 10-day suspensions also were ordered for an officer who failed to properly investigate a case of abuse in May 2016, for an employee who abused a family or household member in September 2016, and for an employee who abused a family or household member in October 2016. Union grievances have been filed in all three of those cases.

Other reported suspensions included:

• Seven days for an officer involved in a physical altercation while off duty in November 2016. 

• Five days for violation of sick leave policy and procedures in December 2016.

• Three days for not responding to an assigned case in August 2016.

• Three days for an argument while off duty at a public event in July 2015.

• Two days and defensive driver training for being involved in an avoidable motor vehicle accident in October 2016.

• Two days for failing to report to work as scheduled in May.

• One day for loss of MPD equipment in August 2016.

• One day for denying escort to someone to retrieve belongings as part of a court order for protection in August 2016.

• Two officers suspended for one day each for not ensuring a proper and thorough criminal investigation in August 2016.

• One day for loss of MPD equipment in December 2016.

• One day for failing to report to work as scheduled in February 2017.

Union grievances have been filed in six of the cases. The names of the officers weren’t made public.

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