Deadly, costly crashes lead HPD to consider pursuit policy changes – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-11-26 01:08:36 –

Honolulu (KHON2) — The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) is considering the possibility of a long-standing revision of the vehicle tracking policy. This happens after two notable accidents that resulted in death and serious injury.

Accidents related to tracking in recent years have caused great damage to life, property and taxpayers. KHON2 jumped into years of data on the Honolulu Police Department’s pursuit and asked what needs to be changed.

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Kakaako 2019: Alins Sumang killed three pedestrians as a fast escape It ended in a fatal accident from the police chase. One of the victim’s families has been awarded the city’s highest-ever $ 10 million settlement, and several proceedings are pending.

Shannon Alibado, Chairman of the Honolulu Police Department, said: “Therefore, the Commission is not only worried about this kind of incident, but as a taxpayer, it is also worried about the cost it will inflict on cities and states.”

HPD’s tracking policy allows police officers to determine when the need to arrest a suspect outweighs the risk of harm to people or property. Lights and sirens must always be on when they start tracking, and tracking must be declared by a call-in for dispatching, along with a number of details. At that point, the supervisor will take over the direction of tracking.

We constantly investigated and reviewed eight years of follow-up data and found that more than a quarter of the follow-ups dating back to 2013 had violations by driving police officers or their supervisors. The most common are tracking declarations, risk assessments, or tracking termination failures, with lights and sirens not turned on.

In the worst year ever, one in four pursuits ended with a clash or clash by a fugitive suspect. In fact, suspects crash as often as they stop in pursuit. About 13% end up in an accident and 14% end up in final compliance. For about a third of the time, police officers stop it. In another one-third of the time, the supervisor will finish tracking.

Data have shown that in most cases tracking is caused by reports of stolen vehicles or traffic violations. Only 5% of police are chasing suspicious and wanted people. The chase in Waianae began by warning young people to leave the beach. The proceedings allege that police chased the car off the road and fled the scene. The crash left five people, paralyzed a 14-year-old boy, and another young man engaged in life support. Three police officers are undergoing criminal and administrative investigations, and civil proceedings are pending.

HPD recently began cracking down on compliance with its own rules later last month and released an in-house video that is a must-see.

“It provides details of what our policy says,” HPD interim chief Rade Vanic told the police committee last week. “It’s also what the expectations are, some comments, some common misconceptions, and also what the officers are doing, what they aren’t doing, and what they’re supposed to do. It provides information on how to ensure that you are. “

According to the International Police Chiefs Association’s model tracking policy, departments must follow one of four approaches: (1) permit tracking at the discretion of police officers, or (2) have supervisor approval. Only if tracking is allowed (Vanic stated that HPD’s policy lies between them 2). In other jurisdictions, (3) tracking is restricted to specific situations, and in other jurisdictions (4) it is never allowed.

KHON2 asked Alivado what the police committee wanted to see.

“All of this needs to remain flexible, as there are cases where people actually use vehicles to hurt people, as seen in other jurisdictions,” Alibad explained. In a recent incident in Walkisha, Wisconsin, a man deliberately boarded a parade route., Kills and injures many people.

“So there are times when cops have to use their discretion in working on how to track a fleeing car. I think we have to put all this into the context. All we have to do is Whatever the policy, I think it’s about making sure that the officers are actually doing it, whether they have the discretion or the approval of the supervisor. “

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Shannon Alibad

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According to Banick, HPD is reviewing its follow-up policy as of November 2021.

“We asked IT analysts to scrutinize the data we have, provide analysis of the data, and make informed decisions about whether policies need to be changed,” Vanick said. He added. ..

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