The president of Hawaii's police union is stepping down. 

After nearly 30 years with the Honolulu Police Department, Sergeant Tenari Maafala says he's retiring next month. 

His retirement comes after the department's new Chief Susan Ballard reassigned him and other union leaders. 

Maafala worked on a unit that provides peer support and counseling for HPD members experiencing trauma and grief. 

He was reassigned to patrol Waikiki.

Maafala says his retirement has nothing to do with the reassignment. He'll also step down as president of SHOPO.