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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Honolulu Police Target Bicyclists With No Registration Tags Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Target Bicyclists With No Registration Tags

Advocates for more bike use were irked by recent police enforcements that appeared to target registration more than safety concerns.

How ‘Blind Faith’ Led To Hawaii’s Biggest Police Corruption Scandal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How ‘Blind Faith’ Led To Hawaii’s Biggest Police Corruption Scandal

Federal public defenders quickly unraveled a case about the alleged theft of a mailbox. How did  U.S. attorneys miss the clues?

Kealohas, Accused Cops Plead Not Guilty To Newest Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas, Accused Cops Plead Not Guilty To Newest Charges

Federal prosecutors added three new charges in the corruption case involving the former police chief and his deputy prosecutor wife.

Legislators Again Consider Making More Police Disciplinary Records Public Civil Beat

Legislators Again Consider Making More Police Disciplinary Records Public

For the fifth straight year, there’s a bill to end the exemption for officers to a public records law that applies to everyone else.

Honolulu Police Chief Defends Reassignment Of Union Leaders Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Defends Reassignment Of Union Leaders

Union head testifies the actions caused fear among members and that he was maligned in a news interview.

Court Documents: The Kealohas Agree To Sell Their Home Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court Documents: The Kealohas Agree To Sell Their Home

The embattled ex-police chief and his prosecutor wife were under pressure from a credit union and their former lawyer to pay debts.

Lienholder On Ex-Police Chief’s Home Wants It Sold Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lienholder On Ex-Police Chief’s Home Wants It Sold

Attorney Kevin Sumida wants to recoup money he says he’s owed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha.

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief Aims To Fight Charges In 2 Trials Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief Aims To Fight Charges In 2 Trials

Louis Kealoha wants one trial for allegations of framing a relative for a mailbox theft and another for bank fraud.

Lawsuit: Ex-Honolulu Police Chief, Wife Default On $1M Mortgage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Ex-Honolulu Police Chief, Wife Default On $1M Mortgage

Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union claims Louis and Katherine Kealoha have stopped making house payments.

SHOPO President Retiring From His Union And Patrol Jobs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SHOPO President Retiring From His Union And Patrol Jobs

Sgt. Tenari Maafala says his decision has nothing to do with his reassignment within the Honolulu Police Department.

Lawsuit: Ex-Honolulu Police Chief, Wife Default On $1M Mortgage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Ex-Honolulu Police Chief, Wife Default On $1M Mortgage

Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union claims Louis and Katherine Kealoha have stopped making house payments.

HPD Lieutenant Seeks Separate Trials In Police Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Lieutenant Seeks Separate Trials In Police Corruption Case

An attorney for Derek Hahn says two schemes are alleged, and allegations against officers only involve one of them.