HPD investigates letter from assistant chief asking for support

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The Honolulu Police Department has opened an internal investigation into a letter sent by newly promoted assistant chief Ryan Borges.

In it, he asked people to write in support for his promotion from major to assistant chief.

The department shared some of those letters online last week after the promotion was criticized because of Borges’ past, which included a domestic violence incident 23 years ago.

State Sen. Will Espero said the letter Borges sent could have violated the department’s standard on personal preferment.

According to HPD standards of conduct, “Officers and civilian employees shall not seek the influence or intervention of any organization or persons outside the department for purposes of personal preferment, advantage, or transfer, except as provided for by civil service rules and regulations or any collective bargaining contract.”

The following statement by Deputy Chief Marie McCauley was sent to KHON2 Tuesday:

At this time it appears that the letter from Major Borges was sent out after the decision to promote him had been made. If that is the case, the departmental standard that prohibits personal preferment would not apply. However, to ensure that the standard and other departmental procedures were followed, the Professional Standards Office has opened an inquiry into the letter and its distribution.

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