HPD Ramps Up Domestic Violence Training

By Pang, Gordon Yk | Honolulu Star - Advertiser, October 17, 2014 | Go to article overview

HPD Ramps Up Domestic Violence Training


Pang, Gordon Yk, Honolulu Star - Advertiser


The Honolulu Police Department is doubling the amount of classroom time that officers receive annually on domestic violence issues and is working closely with victim advocacy groups on developing more stringent policies on how they should approach cases involving law enforcement officers as potential suspects, HPD Chief Louis Kealoha and other police brass say.

The HPD briefing Tuesday to the City Council Public Safety and Economic Development Committee offered the first public interaction between Council members and Kealoha since the public uproar in the wake of the high-profile case involving an HPD sergeant who is seen on surveillance video punching his girlfriend at a Waipahu restaurant last month.

Last week an Oahu grand jury declined to indict police Sgt. Darren Cachola, who is seen in the Sept. 8 surveillance video. The girlfriend has insisted that she and Cachola were engaging in horseplay. An internal administrative investigation into Cachola's actions and as well as how officers responded to the scene, however, is ongoing.

In response to the case, Council Public Safety Chairwoman Carol Fukunaga urged police brass to give an overview of their domestic violence policies, procedures and training.

Lt. Brian Look, head of the HPD Criminal Investigations Division's child abuse and domestic violence detail, said officers are trained to gently coax potential victims to come forward but cannot press them. Look said that in response to a flurry of recent changes to laws and policies regarding domestic violence, the annual recall training required for officers holding the rank of lieutenant and lower has been upped to two hours from one hour.

Training on domestic violence cases for recruits is going up to "four hours, possibly more," from two hours, Look said. …

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