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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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.

Kealoha Threatens Police Commissioner With Ethics Complaint Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Threatens Police Commissioner With Ethics Complaint

The former police chief wants taxpayers to pick up his legal tab in a lawsuit, and doesn’t want Commissioner Loretta Sheehan to help decide the matter.

Dog The Bounty Hunter’s Wife Might Help Select HPD’s Next Chief Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Dog The Bounty Hunter’s Wife Might Help Select HPD’s Next Chief

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword says Beth Chapman, who works in bail bonds, could bring a unique perspective to the selection process.

Why The Stakes Are So High In Hawaii Police Union Negotiations Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Why The Stakes Are So High In Hawaii Police Union Negotiations

There are huge financial ramifications, especially for Honolulu. Meanwhile, a state senator wants to make it easier to fire bad cops.

Police Misconduct Cases: A Settlement, A Sentence And An Acquittal

Police Misconduct Cases: A Settlement, A Sentence And An Acquittal

A former police officer is headed to prison for 10 years after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager while working at DLNR.

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief

The measure would also eliminate a little-known rule that prevents some Micronesian immigrants from serving on state boards.

Honolulu Prosecutor Could Be A Witness For The Defense Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Prosecutor Could Be A Witness For The Defense

In an unusual move, a defense attorney wants Keith Kaneshiro to testify about a prosecutor’s investigation into “ghost tickets.”