HPD investigates special-duty assignments
The Honolulu Police Department has opened an internal investigation into whether officers took advantage of a loophole to get lucrative special-duty jobs.
In May the department switched to a specialized computer system that allows police officers to apply for special-duty assignments, which include event security, escorting heavy equipment and traffic control at events and construction sites.
About two weeks ago, police officials became aware of a problem with the system that allowed some officers unauthorized advanced access to the assignments, allowing them to sign up for the more lucrative assignments.
"The department is investigating whether the officers who signed up ahead of other officers may have committed violations," said department spokeswoman Michelle Yu.
Police officials would not release the number of officers being investigated because of the ongoing internal inquiry.
Police findings on the incident will be forwarded to the city prosecutor's office, which will determine whether charges will be filed.
Special-duty pay for a police officer ranges from $30 to $34 an hour, paid directly to the officer. Police sergeants can earn anywhere from $34 to $41 an hour, while lieutenants can earn $36 to $40 an hour.