Kim proposes budget hike, 35 new police positions

Hawaii County Police close South Point Road at Kamaoa Road after a shootout with Justin Waiki in July 2018. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Thirty-five new police personnel, including 10 officers each for Ka‘u and Puna, nine new sergeants and six dispatchers, along with body cameras and computer upgrades, play center stage in a $573.5 million budget proposed Friday by Mayor Harry Kim.