Airport bribery scheme sparks criticism over security at state facilities

A private company hired by the state to provide security at Hawaii airports is coming under fire.

This is after four officers were indicted for allegedly accepting bribes at the Honolulu International Airport.

A months-long undercover investigation by the FBI and agents from the attorney general’s office has resulted in the indictment of four Securitas law enforcement and traffic control officers.

The Securitas employees are accused of a bribery scheme at the airport.

The attorney general’s office says they solicited and accepted more than $3,000 in bribes from taxi and shuttle drivers at the airport.

After receiving the bribes, officials say the Securitas officers allowed some drivers to circumvent the rules.

Authorities say what tipped them off were other taxi drivers complaining about favoritism for those willing to pay.

The Hawaii Government Employees Association says the use of private companies isn’t necessarily better nor does it always save taxpayer money.

They went on to say they believes security at all state airports should be handled by the Sheriff Division of the Department of Public Safety.

KHON2 learned that the state recently awarded Securitas a three-year, $130 million contract for security at all Hawaii airports.

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