Why Does the Hawaii Police Department Post the Photos of People in Contempt of Court?

So I was asked the following, “Why don’t you publish the folks wanted for contempt of court on your website……

Well quite frankly… I don’t think it’s right that the Hawaii Police Department is blasting the pictures of these people that are wanted for something as simple as contempt for court.

Someone could have missed a court date on a simple speeding ticket… yet the Hawaii Police Department tosses up their mugshots like they are guilty of  something serious.

Missing folks, deaths, serious crimes, and criminals wanted for violent crimes will make my site… but not every dang contempt case.

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?  These folks may eventually be innocent of the charge that they are wanted for?

I understand that contempt of court is against the law… but is it worth ruining someones career over?

April is “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month”

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department’s Traffic Services Section organized a sign-waving event on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo on Monday (April 4). As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared April “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” this event was to remind motorists about the dangers of the use of electronic devices while driving— especially talking and texting.

The Traffic Services Section was supported by Sergeant Gali and Officer Davies of the Traffic Enforcement Unit, members of the Impaired Driving Task Force, representatives of the Office of Social Ministry (HOPE HAWAI’I), MADD Victims Advocate Ashley Drake and private citizens.

Dieter Blattler, Traffic Safety Coordinator at the Hawai’i Police Department, said that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2009 and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. Of those people killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction.

“These numbers are on the rise,” Blattler said. “That’s why we all need to change our attitude about the use of electronic devices!

Police Contact 223 Drivers at Pahoa High DUI Checkpoint Yesterday

Media Release:

Traffic Enforcement Unit and Puna Community Policing officers conducted a DUI sobriety checkpoint on Pāhoa Village Road fronting Pāhoa High and Intermediate School at 3 p.m. Tuesday (December 14).

Members of the Pāhoa Boys and Girls Club assist police in reminding motorists not to drink and drive.

Boys and girls from the Pāhoa Boys and Girls Club also participated by waving signs to the passing motorists advising them not to drink and drive during the holiday season.

Officers contacted 223 drivers during the checkpoint.

Police will be increasing DUI sobriety checkpoints throughout the island during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Hawaii Police Department Issues Green Laser Memo

Green Laser
Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department is warning the public that it is dangerous and illegal to aim laser pointers at any aircraft.

Police received reports from the Hilo airport tower Wednesday and Thursday nights (October 7 and October 8 ) reporting that green lasers were being aimed at the cockpits of commercial airlines. Officers initiated two reckless endangering cases and are investigating.

Police ask that anyone with information about these cases call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaii Police Department Starting Online Community Satisfaction Survey

Media Release

The public is invited to participate in an anonymous Community Satisfaction Survey for the Hawai’i Police Department during the month of June.

Baring any technical difficulties, the Internet survey will available from 9 a.m. Monday, June 1, until 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at www.hawaiipolice.com . The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is limited to one survey per computer. Participants will be able to enter detailed comments and suggestions at the end of the survey. The respondent’s IP address will not be stored in the survey results.

This survey will help Chief Harry Kubojiri determine the Police Department’s strengths and weaknesses, so the department can take steps to serve the public better. After the survey period, results will be posted on the Police Department’s web site (www.hawaiipolice.com).