Give new police chief chance and support

Wow, what a week. On the front page of The Maui News was a story that included a picture of SHOPO President Robert Cavaco and SHOPO representative Nick Krau, where they announced a survey of Maui police officers.

Then, a Honolulu Star-Advertiser article the same week announced that the SHOPO president and vice president were placed on restrictive duty because of a lawsuit accusing them of extortion by another officer.

The Maui News reported that 34 percent of the 158 officers responding to a survey in May said they were considering leaving within two years. That means 54 officers and SHOPO members were thinking of leaving the department, not the 100 officers that KHON2 and other news outlets reported. I don’t know if it is lazy reporting or trying to sensationalize a situation, but it doesn’t help.

We need to give this police chief a chance and our support. Remember, he replaced a chief that was caught on security video in a hit-and-run incident at Kaahumanu Center. Then, two officers in the Criminal Investigation Division were accused of kidnapping and threatening another officer while trying to find out how the video was released to the public.

Maui residents deserve an efficient, well-run police force, not one with the cronyism of the Kealoha years.

Richard and Amy Blue



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