Honolulu Police Department

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The Honolulu Police Department, established in 1932, is the 20th largest police department in the U.S. It employs about 2,000 sworn officers and its jurisdiction covers the entire island of Oahu, which is Hawaii’s most populous with nearly 1 million permanent residents.

The department has more than 450 civilian employees. Its police chief is appointed by the Honolulu Police Commission, which is a panel of seven members selected by the Honolulu’s mayor to serve staggered five-year terms.

Cary Okimoto is the acting police chief of HPD. He replaced Louis Kealoha, who was appointed in 2009. Kealoha retired in 2017 after being named as a target of a U.S. Department of Justice corruption probe.

Oahu is divided into eight HPD patrol districts, which include central Honolulu (D1), Wahiawa and the North Shore (D2), Pearl City (D3), the windward coast from Kahuku to Kaneohe (D4), Kalihi (D5), Waikiki (D6), East Honolulu (D7), and the Leeward Coast from Kapolei to Waianae (D8).

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Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Fight For Legal Fees Turns Nasty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Fight For Legal Fees Turns Nasty

Police Commissioner Loretta Sheehan says the former chief’s attempt to have her removed from the case is “baseless.”

Another Delay In Nationwide Search For Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Another Delay In Nationwide Search For Honolulu Police Chief

Officials will notify the 34 candidates who applied to lead the 20th largest police department in the U.S.

Audit Finds Domestic Violence Crackdown Isn’t Working In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit Finds Domestic Violence Crackdown Isn’t Working In Honolulu

The workload has increased, but not the number of successful prosecutions, according to the Office of the Auditor.

Medical Bills Exceed $1 Million For Woman Accidentally Shot By Cop Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Medical Bills Exceed $1 Million For Woman Accidentally Shot By Cop

Hyun Ju Park was working at a bar when Anson Kimura’s duty weapon discharged, lodging a bullet in her stomach.

VIDEO: What It’s Like To Be A Cop In Honolulu Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

VIDEO: What It’s Like To Be A Cop In Honolulu

Civil Beat sat down with several officers during a recent “Coffee With A Cop” event to learn more about their work.

Katherine Kealoha Sues City To Keep Her Employment Records Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha Sues City To Keep Her Employment Records Secret

The deputy prosecutor is under federal investigation for public corruption and Civil Beat wants to check on what she’s done while in office.

5 Percent Pay Raises Recommended For Mayor And Top Officials Cory Lum/Civil Beat

5 Percent Pay Raises Recommended For Mayor And Top Officials

That would put Mayor Kirk Caldwell at $173,000 and the new police chief would receive $191,000.

Should Taxpayers Have Paid The Legal Tab For This Honolulu Cop? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Should Taxpayers Have Paid The Legal Tab For This Honolulu Cop?

Two former officers charged with similar crimes and sued for identical reasons got very different treatment from the Honolulu Police Commission.

Hubbub Over Reality TV Star Sinks HPD Chief Selection Panel Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hubbub Over Reality TV Star Sinks HPD Chief Selection Panel

The news comes the same day it was announced Marc Tilker has resigned from the Honolulu Police Commission.

ACLU: 10 Questions For The Next Honolulu Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU: 10 Questions For The Next Honolulu Police Chief

The ACLU of Hawaii is urging the Honolulu Police Department to consider issues such as free speech, Native Hawaiian incarceration and Donald Trump.

It Looks Like Political Insiders Will Help Pick The Next Honolulu Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It Looks Like Political Insiders Will Help Pick The Next Honolulu Police Chief

Concerns are being raised about the lack of Native Hawaiians, Micronesians and other groups on a citizen selection committee organized by the Honolulu Police Commission.

Police Commissioner Cites Another ‘Failed Investigation’ Of Possible Abuse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commissioner Cites Another ‘Failed Investigation’ Of Possible Abuse

Loretta Sheehan says she’s worried that a former officer involved in another reported domestic dispute violence is going to get his job back.