THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

839

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to police department reports to the legislature.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that police reports submitted pursuant to section 52D-3.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, are received prior to the end of the annual reporting period for which the report covers. There is a period, therefore, usually in December, where a disciplinary case may arise but not be reported.

The legislature also finds that submitted police reports provide a summary of the facts of each reported incident of misconduct, as required, but the information is insufficient for purposes of public accountability.

The purpose of this Act is to clarify the reporting period for report submissions, provide additional time to submit reports so that reports cover the entire reporting period, and require descriptions of each incident of misconduct reported.

SECTION 2. Section 52D-3.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]52D-3.5 Reports to legislature.[]] The chief of each county police department shall submit an annual report to the legislature [twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session in each year.] by no later than January 31 of each year. The reporting period of each report shall be from January 1 to December 31 of the year immediately prior to the year of report submission. The report shall include a [summary] description of the facts and the nature of the misconduct for each incident which resulted in the suspension or discharge of a police officer, the disciplinary action imposed for each incident, and the number of police officers suspended and discharged during the [previous year] reporting period under the following categories of the department's Standards of Conduct:

(1) Malicious use of physical force;

(2) Mistreatment of prisoners;

(3) Use of drugs and narcotics; and

(4) Cowardice.

The summary of facts shall not be of such a nature so as to disclose the identity of the individuals involved."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Police Department Reports to the Legislature

 

Description:

Amends the annual reporting dates for police department reports submitted to the legislature. Changes reporting period to previous calendar year. Requires descriptions of each incident of misconduct reported.

 

 

 

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