HONOLULU ‚Äď The oath that will be taken next week by the graduating class of the Honolulu police academy will not end with the phrase "So help me God" after the department acquiesced to a complaint from a group that supports what it calls "separation of church and state."
The city's police commission agreed to strike the familiar phrase, which has been included in the oath since 1991, but are not included in the oath specified in the state constitution, the Honolulu Star Bulletin said Tuesday.
The HPD issued a release Monday announcing the change, although it did not mention the complaint from the group Hawaii Citizens for Separation of Church and State.
"The Honolulu Police Department is committed to supporting and defending the Constitution and the laws of the United States and the constitution and laws of the state of Hawaii," the statement said. "As such, we will be using the oath of...