HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

880

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO POLICING.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that public trust in law enforcement is critical to ensuring justice for all under the law. The legislature further finds that data collection is one essential tool to allow the public, police, and policymakers to analyze the effectiveness of existing practices, determine which policies work and do not work, and support policy decisions with clear and relevant data.

Numerous states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to standardize the collection of complete and accurate policing stop data to increase community trust, transparency, and internal accountability for public safety through data analysis. Similarly, in 2020, Hawaii enacted Act 47, Session Laws of Hawaii 2020, to standardize best practices for the use of force between the counties.

The purpose of this Act is to enhance the public's trust in law enforcement and continue to standardize best practices for the data collection of police stops, arrests, and use of force between the counties in Hawaii by requiring each county police department to collect, report, and publicly publish certain data regarding police stops, arrests, uses of force, and trends.

SECTION 2. Chapter 52D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"52D-    Police stops; arrests; uses of force; data collection; report to legislature. (a) The chief of each county police department shall submit to the legislature no later than January 31 of each year an annual report with a summary of data and visual displays, including but not limited to graphs and charts, relating to police stops, arrests, uses of force, and trends relating to police stops, arrests, and uses of force. The reporting period of each report shall be from January 1 to December 31 of the year immediately before the year of the report submission.

(b) The report shall include data concerning:

(1) All police stops, including the following information:

(A) The date, time, and location of the stop;

(B) The approximate duration of the stop;

(C) The reason for the initial stop;

(D) Whether a search was conducted as a result of the stop, and, if a search was conducted:

(i) The reason for the search;

(ii) Whether the search was consensual or nonconsensual;

(iii) Whether person, property, or both was searched; and

(iv) Whether contraband or property was seized during the search;

(E) The final outcome of the stop:

(i) Whether a warning was issued, and if so, the reasons for the warning;

(ii) Whether a citation was issued, and if so, the citation charged; and

(iii) Whether an arrest was made, and if so, the criminal offense or offenses charged;

(F) The age, race, ethnicity, and sex or perceived age, race, ethnicity, and sex of the person stopped;

(G) Whether force was used, and if so, the reason for the use of force;

(H) Whether the person stopped exhibited any signs of mental health issues; and

(I) Whether the person stopped exhibited any signs of use of alcohol or drugs;

(2) All arrests, including the following information:

(A) The case number;

(B) The date, time, and location of the arrest;

(C) The charged offense or offenses;

(D) The age, race, ethnicity, and sex or perceived age, race, ethnicity, and sex of the person arrested;

(E) The limited English speaking ability or perceived limited English speaking ability of the person arrested;

(F) The disability status or perceived disability status of the person arrested;

(G) The mental health status or perceived mental health status of the person arrested;

(H) The use or perceived use of alcohol or drugs of the person arrested;

(I) The residential zip code of the person arrested or if the person is houseless;

(J) The name of the arresting officer and other officers involved with the arrest; and

(K) The final disposition of the case; and

(3) All uses of force, including the following information:

(A) The total number of use of force incidents and type of force used;

(B) The total number of officers involved in each use of force incident;

(C) Clarification on whether the use of force report was filed by the officer using force or another officer observing the use of force;

(D) The total number of persons involved in each use of force incident;

(E) The number of civilian complaints about use of force, including the applicable department policy, outcome, and any disciplinary action;

(F) If an arrest was made, the criminal offense or offenses charged;

(G) The age, race, ethnicity, and sex or perceived age, race, ethnicity, and sex of each person involved in the use of force incident;

(H) The age, race, ethnicity, and sex of each officer involved in the use of force incident;

(I) The limited English speaking ability or perceived limited English speaking ability of each person involved in the use of force incident;

(J) The disability status or perceived disability status of each person involved in the use of force incident;

(K) The mental health status or perceived mental health status of each person involved in the use of force incident; and

(L) The use or perceived use of alcohol or drugs of the person or persons involved in each use of force incident.

(c) The chief of each county police department shall post a copy of the report submitted to the legislature pursuant to this section on the department's website on an annual basis.

(d) The chief of each county policy department shall establish and maintain an online repository in a searchable format for the policing data collection of aggregate and disaggregate information that is accessible to the public on the department's website.

(e) The chief of each county police department shall retain the electronic and paper records relating to policing stops, arrests, and uses of force in accordance with law, the department's record retention policy, or at least five years after the annual report is submitted, whichever period is longer.

(f) For the purposes of this section, "stop" means a temporary investigation detention of a person for the purpose of determining whether probable cause exists to make an arrest. A "stop" is a seizure of an individual's person and occurs whenever an officer uses the officer's authority to compel a person to halt or remain in a certain place."

SECTION 3. Section 52D-3.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending its title to read as follows:

"52D-3.5 [Reports] Annual report to legislature[.] of misconduct incidents."

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on December 1, 2023.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Data Collection; Police Stops; Arrests; Uses of Force; Report

 

Description:

Requires each county police department to collect, report, and publicly publish certain data regarding police stops, arrests, uses of force, and trends. Effective 12/1/23.

 

 

 

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