Though they’ve been studying body cameras for the last couple years, the Maui Police Department is only now equipping officers with the devices. According to Gregg Okamoto, the MPD’s public information officer, 89 patrol officers in the Lahaina, Kihei, Hana, Lanai and Molokai districts now wear body cameras. The promise of police officers wearing forward-facing cameras is … [Read more...] about U.S. Senator Brian Schatz wants to make it easier for cops to get body cameras. But will that help the public?
WORLD’S COOLEST CITY Recently, in Dubai (the largest city in the United Arab Emirates), Dubai Civil Defense started using water jetpacks that lift firefighters off the ground to hover in advantageous positions as they work the hoses. Also, using jet skis, rescuers can avoid traffic altogether by using the city’s rivers to arrive at fires (and, if close enough to a waterway, … [Read more...] about NOTW: Jetsons-type drones, peacock mating rituals and a really competent criminal
I love getting press releases that describe events already nearly a week old. That’s what happened last week when the Maui Police Department notified the public that they “will” conduct yet another test of body cameras for their officers. “Beginning Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Plans, Training, Research & Development Section of the Maui Police Department will conduct a … [Read more...] about Maui Police Department conducting yet another body camera test
The state Legislature’s been legislating for about a month now. There are a lot of bills still alive over there, including some that might actually do some good. Because no one has the time to go through them all and figure out what’s good, we’ve compiled a list of 10 bills that deal with criminal justice and law enforcement that we thought were important. Some of these bills … [Read more...] about Here are 10 Hawaii bills dealing with criminal justice and law enforcement that you need to know about
So the state Legislature went back into session this week, and that means a steady stream of news over the next few months about new bills that may or may not improve our lives. One of the earliest out of the gate is House Bill 1738, which deals with police body cameras–a subject near and dear to our hearts. The Maui Police Department flirted with body cameras last year, and … [Read more...] about Hawaii state Legislature opens with new bill on police body cameras