HPD eyes ‘broken windows police’ for Chinatown

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Making Honolulu’s Chinatown safe is a mission of Mayor Rick Blangiardi and Police Chief Joe Logan, he briefed the ward council on the department’s efforts to reduce crime in the area.

Logan expressed to members of the Chinatown Neighborhood Board how much he would like to see a vibrant and well-maintained Chinatown again.

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Logan said: “It was very, you know, a thriving metropolis and how can we get back to that? And so that’s the goal, and how can we help you do that, of course, we can’t do it on our own.

Daiso Operations Manager Steven Fond shared some of his experiences with the Chief of Police. He said they have been dealing with suspicious people entering their store since they recently opened.

Fong said, “Meeting a lot of issues with the homeless and some of the chronic people who come in and out of our store almost daily.”

Logan said he was considering different approaches to policing, he said “broken window policing” could be a tactic to bring to the department.

“Broken Windows is an older version of the zero-tolerance typeface,” Logan said. “You throw, you get arrested, if you sleep where you’re not supposed to sleep.”

Meanwhile, he said the department is still waiting for new security cameras to be installed in Chinatown. He said there had been delays in bringing the technology to the island, likely supply chain issues.

“Unfortunately the camera system is not working so how can we help with that,” Logan said. “It gives us more eyes in areas where the police may not be present at any given time.”

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During the meeting, HPD said the cameras could be in place early next year.

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