Serving And Protecting With Aloha

April 18th, 2012
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It kinda sounds like something you'd hear at a Hilo Hattie store but believe it or not, that's the motto of our Honolulu Police Department.

Some of them should actually read - or at the very least know it - since it's a backbone of a practicing agency.

A couple days ago Da Wife was involved in her first minor fender bender on the H-1. If you were driving west-bound late in the afternoon in slowing traffic near Farrington High School, yup, that was her. Sorry for the delay in getting home. :sad:

But on a happier note, it wasn't her fault.
On a sad note, it was my truck.
But on a happier note, she wasn't hurt.
On a sad note it was my truck.

I just about got to the field after talking with a parent and wanted to text Da Wife to go on Moanalua Hwy since it was unusually supah clear and I noticed two missed phone calls from Da Wife. One missed call I know it wasn't important but two? Must be something more serious cause she knows I normally don't have my phone with me during practice. I call her back and she says she got into an accident.

We all fear those words on a phone call especially aftah you seen TWO missed calls and of course the very first words out of my mouth - besides Wassup Wit Dat! - is asking if she was ok.

Da Wife handles practically everything well - did I mention dat she held it together at our wedding and I was da one dat was bawlin' :cry: - but I noticed a little tension in her voice. She laid down da 411 and then I told her to call 911.

Basically, at a standstill on da freeway, da braddah was looking down as if either checking out his phone or watching da B-52's (cockaroaches) crawling on his gearshift but he ended up rolling backwards. Da Wife assumed it was a standard vehicle - since they were on an incline - and about to go forward but it kept rolling backwards. She honked da horn and da braddah looked up but didn't realize HE was da one she was honking at. By da time he did........ BAM!

Needless to say, they got out of their vehicles to inspect da damage and das wen I got da call(s). It was a local braddah in a spray painted camo colored truck with - of course - NO INSURANCE! I told her to call da police.

Das wen da "fun" began.

Two solo bikes arrived and one of them immediately began to cop an attitude - ALL FRICKIN' PUN INTENDED - and started to LECTURE Da Wife.

Wassup Wit Dat!

He basically was scolding her for staying on da freeway and causing MORE traffic. Then they held up traffic so they could move on da side. Once on da shoulder, Da Wife got da impression he didn't want to do any "paperwork" but she asked to do a report since dat's one of da FIRST questions insurance companies ask. As he was getting more information,

COP: "Wat's your address?"
Da Wife: "Did you want my mailing address or home address."
COP: (real frickin' punkishly said) "If I wanted your mailing address, I would have written it down." (pointing at her license)

Ho, Da Wife was damn frickin' pissed but as she was relaying da information, he made her yell the information as if he couldn't hear her.

Wassup Wit Dat! (She was thinking more than dat)

Since wen did getting into an accident - which wasn't your fault - constitute an assault of attitude? How da heck was dat "serving" ANY Aloha or treating a citizen with "integrity, respect and fairness" (which is STAMPED on HPD vehicles). Seriously, while a HPD officer may come across accidents daily and literally thousands of times in his/her career, how many times does a normal driver get into one? And the people in the accident are normally flustered, embarassed and/or nervous so why da heck come with a verbal beat down especially coming from a position that's supposed to help and protect?

Not everyone is/should be "experienced" in accidents and most times it's always hindsight that something should have been done. For example I asked Da Wife if she took any pictures of da guy and his truck and with a small kine puzzled look she basically asked, how? She didn't have da camera with her. I said, your phone has a camera. Oh yeah, duh.

Boy I wish I was there cause he would have gotten an earful back... but then again instead of just da traffic report, I would have been in da back of squad car for giving da officer attitude.

Disclaimer: Dis mo'olelo is not indicitive of ALL HPD officers - just dis one experience. While there are many HPD officers with attitude and a chip on their shoulder (as many have personally experienced), there are many more who do respect their job and duties of being a proud Honolulu Police Department officer - I personally know of quite a few. It's just a shame that we normally don't get to encounter da "good ones" wen we really need to.








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21 Responses to “Serving And Protecting With Aloha”

  1. Kage:

    I used to hire special duty officers often. There were just a couple that every time I saw their name on the list....I sighed.....

    The rest were a great group to work with.


  2. Lowtone123:

    Complaints can be made against HPD employees here

    http://www.honolulupd.org/info/complaint.htm


  3. M:

    Howzit BL,
    In every work place, dea iz bad employees and cops iz no exception. Da most important ting iz dat yo wife iz ok.......


  4. B:

    lose money... at least your wife is ok. gov't. workers need to really understand whose payin the tab.


  5. R:

    I was recently in an accident on the H-1 near the Punahou overpass and almost the same exact experience... I was 3rd car in a chain reaction (back to front) pile up. The police officers tried everything to talk me out of making a report--but I was insistent--and they did not hide their disappointment that they were actually gonna have to do work! They took us off the freeway to get the paperwork done, and then they screwed up even more by letting the 1st car (the one who caused the accident) off! They didn't even take down his information and they went further to say that it "wasn't their job to determine fault". Auwe!

    Anyhow-- long story long-- I agree. Wassup wit dat???


  6. cojef:

    Always a bad apple in the crowd or rotten potato in the bag. So go with flow and keep up the smilin aloha spirit. Fortunate for me married dis Dec. 62 years wahine no accident, so far. Me got, plenty tickets for speeding, not coming to a full stop, you name it, I probably got my wife's share. Glad you wife okay. Tongue lashing police no get you anywhere, better keep mouth shut.


  7. eastside808:

    If you think their attitude is bad, how about getting a traffic citation for sitting in a parked car and answering your cell phone. Wrote up an explanation of the circumstances and the judge couldnt or didnt want to differentiate between the "intent" and the letter of the law.


  8. wafan:

    Next time turn on the record function on the cell phone when talking to the police officer. They tend to calm down quickly because you'll have evidence of their behavior in case you want to file a complaint. Learned that from a friend who is a state trooper.


  9. Manoa Mist:

    Tell you what I don't like about the motorcycle cops. Most times you see 'em on the freeway, they doing 80 mph or more. Not chasing anyone, just speeding like heck. Then they ticket YOU for doing 65.
    But cojef is right: you cannot win with the cops. Be polite. Yes sir. No sir. Do what they ask. Just gotta roll with it.


  10. wafan:

    And, glad to hear da wife is fine. Hoping da kid is too! Too bad about the truck . . . at least you asked if she was ok before asking about the truck. The other way would have been ugly -- for you, later on.


  11. hawaiiobsessed:

    Glad da wife is ok! That isn't good to have to deal with the cop's attitude when I am sure she was upset already. Some people shouldn't be cops. We have one here that everyone is scared to death of. He is a bad dude.


  12. sally:

    I've come to learn that, unless someone was or nearly was murdered, the situation is not a priority. Try being told that when it is about your child.

    REALLY? Yes, really.

    More recently, I was a victim of a hit and run. My car was parked but a taxi driver saw the incident and wrote got the plates.

    So this was in November and they still cannot find the guy????????? WT... oh, sorry... WWD? I no tink they even looking!

    Shall I go look? Anybody wanna tag along?


  13. Makiki:

    Glad Da Wife is OK! Sad you gotta get a new truck ;-)

    Alan


  14. PoeticJustice:

    Auwe to the HPD officer! Yes, I do agree there are many, many great public servants out there but (just like the doodoo that responded to your wife's incident) the bad apples make everybody look bad in the public's eye. Shame on that one bad cop.


  15. Brudda:

    Like any entity, HPD has their share of jerks. I'd say most officers are pretty good. However, I know several officers in the department, and all of them have commented on how many of the solo bike officers are "blank" (rhymes with "bricks").


  16. Ynaku:

    FIRST of all..... How's da wife?

    SECOND of all.... How you?

    THIRD of all.... How's your truck?

    I thought we all presumed innocent until proven guilty. How come he railed into da wife? Get da facts first before blaming. I'm so sorry she had to experience the lack of Aloha. So shame. But like you said, not all of our fine officers are like that.

    We have many that shows the aloha spirit. There is this one female officer on da BI when doing traffic control at construction sites always smiling and waving. Just love it. I have several friends and relatives that serve to protect and they do show the Aloha. People already stressed out, why add more to the stress. Aren't they supposed to defuse da pressure?

    I can see if da perp has a weapon or something, they not going be all nice nice but do what gotta do to protect da other citizens.

    Main thing da wife ok, you ok and well.... da truck can be fixed.


  17. 9thIslandGirl:

    I know there is a dollar threshold for when a police report needs to be filed according to police policy. Like you said, though, or insurance company always wants us to dike a report regardless. It's a lot of paperwork for the officers, and they probably knew it was under their threshold . Let's hope it was just a bad day for the officer. I remember when I had my accident, the officer was just getting off shift but had to stop and do the report because I flagged him down. He kind of sighed, but he was nice. Glad to hear the wife is okay because that's the main thing.


  18. 9thIslandGirl:

    Sorry for the typos. Using my phone to type is hard for me!


  19. Braddah Lance:

    Kage:
    I used to hire special duty officers often. There were just a couple that every time I saw their name on the list....I sighed..... The rest were a great group to work with.

    I dunno why any of 'em would be grumpy for special duty - the pay is great and if they're at a party, they get fed as well! :grin:
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    Lowtone123:
    Complaints can be made against HPD employees here
    http://www.honolulupd.org/info/complaint.htm

    Hmmm.... somehow dis blog got forwarded to someone "higher up".... we're going to discuss it. :shock:
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    M:
    In every work place, dea iz bad employees and cops iz no exception. Da most imporpant ting iz dat yo wife iz ok.......

    True dat.
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    B:
    gov't. workers need to really understand whose payin the tab.

    Well I tink dat in a occupation dat is supposed to protect, serve and is a "higher authority" than da average citizen, they have to realize dat we depend on them to be extremely professional as well as demonstrate some sort of civility so dat those who are in "trouble", can figgah out wat da heck to do.
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    R:
    ...They took us off the freeway to get the paperwork done, and then they screwed up even more by letting the 1st car (the one who caused the accident) off! They didn't even take down his information and they went further to say that it "wasn't their job to determine fault". Auwe!

    From wat I gathered from my "friends", if it was considered a "minor accident" (less than $3K of damage), there isn't a "fault" per say and it's up to you to get damages collected either by insurance or by civil suit. It's da ones dat are over $3K dat gets more scrutiny.

    btw, E Komo Mai to WWD! R! Glad you could drop in and share your mo'olelo.
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    cojef:
    ...62 years wahine no accident, so far. Me got, plenty tickets for speeding, not coming to a full stop, you name it, I probably got my wife's share.

    I hope your streak continues....... da no accident part. :wink:

    Tongue lashing police no get you anywhere, better keep mouth shut.

    Yeah, das true but if I was there like how Da Wife was explaining it to me (and she NEVAH exaggerates - fo' realz, she doesn't) I would have had to say something.
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    eastside808:
    If you think their attitude is bad, how about getting a traffic citation for sitting in a parked car and answering your cell phone. Wrote up an explanation of the circumstances and the judge couldnt or didnt want to differentiate between the "intent" and the letter of the law.

    Was your engine running? Were you on da freeway? If on da freeway, I tink there was something about dat wen da law first got enacted but if you just on da street kine - WWD!.
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    wafan:
    Next time turn on the record function on the cell phone when talking to the police officer. They tend to calm down quickly because you'll have evidence of their behavior in case you want to file a complaint. Learned that from a friend who is a state trooper.

    Hindsight 20/20....
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    Manoa Mist:
    Tell you what I don't like about the motorcycle cops. Most times you see 'em on the freeway, they doing 80 mph or more. Not chasing anyone, just speeding like heck.

    Sometimes I wondah why they do dat cause if they were on a call, wouldn't they have their lights on?

    But cojef is right: you cannot win with the cops. Be polite. Yes sir. No sir. Do what they ask. Just gotta roll with it.

    I tink das wea da powah trip comes in. It's not of respect at times, it's out of fear.
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    wafan:
    And, glad to hear da wife is fine. Hoping da kid is too!

    Thank goodness Da Baby wasn't inside.

    Too bad about the truck . . . at least you asked if she was ok before asking about the truck. The other way would have been ugly -- for you, later on.

    I'm pretty surah I did..........
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    hawaiiobsessed:
    That isn't good to have to deal with the cop's attitude when I am sure she was upset already.

    I tink das da case with any accident or incident. In fact I can pretty much guarantee dat because everytime a cop is called..... isn't it for something dat has gone wrong and at least one of da parties involved is pissed?

    Some people shouldn't be cops. We have one here that everyone is scared to death of. He is a bad dude.

    I'll bet da house we have a few of those hea too.
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    sally:
    More recently, I was a victim of a hit and run. My car was parked but a taxi driver saw the incident and wrote got the plates.

    WOW! At least someone had witnessed it.....

    So this was in November and they still cannot find the guy?????????

    But then again it's like da same thing yeah?

    WT... oh, sorry... WWD? I no tink they even looking! Shall I go look? Anybody wanna tag along?

    Let me know da 411 and I'll post a shout out for da WWD! to keep an eye out to call 911 once da punk is spotted.
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    Makiki:
    Glad Da Wife is OK! Sad you gotta get a new truck

    I only wish I could get a new truck....... I still trying to figgah out how we going to try pay for our damage cause I can bet if da guy no can afford insurance, he no can afford to fix our truck. :mad:
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    PoeticJustice:
    Auwe to the HPD officer! Yes, I do agree there are many, many great public servants out there but (just like the doodoo that responded to your wife's incident) the bad apples make everybody look bad in the public's eye. Shame on that one bad cop.

    Exactomondo! It's only "one" cop but it's a reflection on da whole department. I work with officers for about five months of the year and I know there are good ones out there but we don't see "their" actions enough. It's too littered with all da pilikia.

    E Komo Mai to WWD! PoeticJustice! It's always supah nice to see Lurkahs come out and join in. :grin:
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    Brudda:
    However, I know several officers in the department, and all of them have commented on how many of the solo bike officers are "blank" (rhymes with "bricks").

    Ha ha ha! WOW! I wondah if we get da same friends... but da guys I know used da oddah word for donkey. I wondah if they tink they high maka-maka since it's a sought out position so I heard.

    And E Komo Mai to WWD! to you too Brudda! Must be a full moon cause get au' kine Lurkahs coming out. :razz:
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    Ynaku:
    FIRST of all..... How's da wife?

    She's fine but a bit irate about da whole incident from da accident to da attitude. Too much to take in in such a short time.

    SECOND of all.... How you?

    I'm old, fat and broke.... can it get any worse?

    THIRD of all.... How's your truck?

    She au'ight and driveable. Dat was da biggest concern but now she "damaged" so nevah going be da same. :sad:

    I thought we all presumed innocent until proven guilty. How come he railed into da wife? Get da facts first before blaming. I'm so sorry she had to experience the lack of Aloha.

    I have no idea why da officer did dat.

    We have many that shows the aloha spirit. There is this one female officer on da BI when doing traffic control at construction sites always smiling and waving. Just love it.Das like one oxymoron.... a smiling cop.

    I have several friends and relatives that serve to protect and they do show the Aloha. People already stressed out, why add more to the stress. Aren't they supposed to defuse da pressure? I can see if da perp has a weapon or something, they not going be all nice nice but do what gotta do to protect da other citizens.

    Bingo!

    Main thing da wife ok, you ok and well.... da truck can be fixed.

    Da last part still up in da air........ :roll:


  20. Scott:

    I went surfing once, lost my key, and politely asked a young cop if I can use his phone to call my wife. He reluctantly said yes and almost looked shamed he was doing a nice thing for me. It was funny, but very cool of him!


  21. Queen Bee:

    Hi BL!! Thanks for sharing. That's always one of my fears should I get into an accident... and of course, the guy at fault running away.