Officials are requesting an increased police presence on the west side due to growing concerns over crime. The community is gathering for another rally against violence.
Kristy Tamashiro provides a report on the situation. Last week, state and city officials held a meeting at the One I Police Station to discuss crime on the leeward coast. Following the meeting, City Councilmember Andria Tupola submitted a letter to Honolulu Police Chief Joe Logan expressing her gratitude for his presence but also highlighting a lack of urgency and a clear plan for increasing police presence in high crime areas.
She urgently requests action from HPD, suggesting measures such as checkpoints, spotty enforcement at parks, and overtime officers over the next month. She states that HPD mentioned internal discussions but did not mention any plans being released to the public, emphasizing the need for enforcement. Gray, a resident, shares the sentiment that more police presence is needed and suggests making adjustments to achieve this. Another resident highlights the effectiveness of having a visible police presence in preventing criminal activity and requests regular updates from HPD on major crimes involving firearms for west side residents.
HPD is expected to provide a progress report at a town hall in December. In the meantime, lawmakers are considering new legislation to deter crime by increasing minimum fines and sentences for illegal firearm possession. They emphasize the need to stand up against evil and brutality and to address these issues openly..