Maui Police Department limits officer response services to emergency calls only


HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Maui Police Department announced that it is limiting officer response services to emergency calls only.

The police chief said it’s so his staff can remain safe against COVID-19.

On March 21, he said one of his officers is under a 14-day quarantine after coming into contact with a person under investigation for the virus while responding to a call. He said the department does not have enough personal protection equipment and will switch to wearing battle dress uniforms.

“Most of the time you’ll have officers who respond when you call for services, if your call for services or service you requested does not need a police officer to be present we will take your call on the phone and we’ll document your case and you can request for it,” said Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu. “We will respond to felony cases, motor vehicle accidents with injuries, any other disorderly conduct, domestic violence.”

He says that more officers will be patrolling the streets and that they will have assistance from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Haleakala National Park Rangers, and Hawaii State sheriffs.

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