Kim proposes 10.7% 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)

  • Mayor Harry Kim presents testimony during a 2018 Leeward Planning Commission meeting. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — 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.