The Honolulu’s Ethics Commission has begun gathering information about a complaint that claimed a deputy police chief arranged for officers to be paid overtime or change their schedules. He allegedly did so to allow them time to appear at a weekend open house for his son's Cub Scout troop.
The city Ethics Commission has requested a copy of a video KITV4 News aired last Wednesday, when it broke the story.
The commission has asked Police Chief Louis Kealoha for a copy of the statement he issued on the matter, according to a police department spokeswoman.
KITV 4 News shot video of the event Sunday, Feb. 13, when HPD said 20 officers were brought in, some of them on overtime, and others taking time off from regular police duties during the week, to be at the Police Academy in Waipahu.
The police helicopter flew in from the airport for the occasion and HPD bike officers were also there.
The reason: a Cub Scout pack toured the academy that day. Sources told KITV4 News the son of HPD Deputy Chief Delbert Tatsuyama is a member of the Cub Scout group.
Sources said the police department originally turned down one of the pack leaders who requested a tour for the group on a Sunday, when the police academy is usually closed.
But sources said Tatsuyama overrode the denial and arranged to bring in those officers on the weekend.
The police department has begun reviewing other pending requests for police officers' community visits to schools and children's groups, sources said, to assure that they were processed through appropriate channels and that HPD brass didn't exert any inappropriate influence to make the events happen.
The police chief has not said if he authorized the use of overtime and reassignment of police officers for that Cub Scout excursion.
Tatsuyama, through a police spokeswoman, has declined comment on the situation. He is the deputy chief for administration, one of two deputies in the department.
The police department could not provide an estimate of how much police overtime the Cub Scout event cost city taxpayers.
When KITV’s crew showed up to videotape the event on Feb. 13, a police officer told them it was a “closed event” and asked them to leave the city facility.