Chair Rhoads, Vice-Chair Har and Committee Members:
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii strongly supports SB 2591, SD1 requiring an annual report to the Legislature from each County police Department of misconduct incidents that resulted in suspension or discharge of a police officer for the prior calendar year.
We concur with the testimony prepared by the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest. The bill proposes reasonable solutions to existing shortcomings of police department monitoring and disclosure of misconduct by police officers. The League of Women Voters supports the public’s right and interest in meaningful records of misconduct by these officers.
This measure is long overdue, and we request that the bill be amended to take effect upon approval.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony.