HPD panel to weigh chief’s injuries
The Honolulu Police Commission will soon decide on the status of the bedridden police chief, who has been out of the office since the end of August.
Chief Boisse Correa is still recovering from back surgery he had on Oct. 19 at the Queen's Medical Center. He is now home, and police officials have said it could be up to two months before he can recover.
The seven-member commission, which has the power to appoint and remove a police chief, will form a three-member committee to talk to Correa and his doctor about his medical status, said commission Chairman Boyd Andrade.
After the meetings, the committee will report back to the commission so it can decide what to do with the chief.
When asked what options will be available to the commission, Andrade said it is too early to tell.
"I think to answer that question, we'll have to first talk to his doctor," Andrade said.
Deputy Chief Paul Putzulu continues to work as acting chief. Correa has been on injured leave since Aug. 31 because of an unspecified back injury incurred during work.
Last month's surgery was Correa's third. He also had surgeries in April and August last year. He has declined comment on the specific nature of his injury and his back ailment.