For Immediate Release
December 16, 2019
(Honolulu, Oʻahu) –Jacob Aki, a candidate for the Honolulu City Council – District VII seat, which includes Kalihi, ʻIwilei, Kalihi Kai, Māpunapuna, Salt Lake, ʻĀliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, Ford Island and Sand Island, issued the following statement in response to the officer-involved shooting at the New City Nissan dealership:
“My thoughts and prayers are with those who were involved in today’s shooting at New City Nissan and with all who have been affected by gun-related crimes on Oʻahu in recent weeks.
“It is clearer than ever that we are facing a public safety crisis. The string of violent crimes that have occurred across Oʻahu need to be addressed immediately.
“Public safety is of paramount concern to my community. I’ve spent the last several months knocking on thousands of doors across the district and the feedback that I received from constituents is that they do not feel safe in their own homes. They believe that there is not enough police officers to deal with the spike in crime.
“With the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) currently short 250 officers and over 700 more ready to retire, we must ensure that HPD have adequate funding to recruit, retain and adequately pay their officers.
“I’m committed to making public safety a top priority and I am confident that the City and HPD will take the necessary measures to implement effective strategies to combat these violent crimes.”