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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Kealoha’s Quest For City To Pay His Legal Fees Takes A Nasty Turn Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kealoha’s Quest For City To Pay His Legal Fees Takes A Nasty Turn

The former Honolulu chief’s attorney accused a police commissioner of breaking the law, but then she fought back.

Ian Lind: It’s Time To End The Secrecy Surrounding Police Officers Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Ian Lind: It’s Time To End The Secrecy Surrounding Police Officers

As prior court cases have shown, there’s no evidence that airing complaints against the police department result in any kind of harm to officers or the agency.

Reader Rep: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth From The HPD?

Reader Rep: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth From The HPD?

We spend $275 million annually on the Honolulu Police Department. We have every right to demand transparency.

News Outlets Challenge Honolulu Police Commission Secrecy Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

News Outlets Challenge Honolulu Police Commission Secrecy

Civil Beat and the Star-Advertiser have teamed up in an effort to make sure the public has access to hearings for officers who want taxpayers to foot their legal bills.

How A Police Officer’s Complaints About HPD Corruption Went Viral Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

How A Police Officer’s Complaints About HPD Corruption Went Viral

Denny Santiago says he’s worried about being ostracized for speaking out about the Kealoha scandal to the Police Commission.

Honolulu’s Search For A New Police Chief Down To 9 Candidates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Search For A New Police Chief Down To 9 Candidates

The process to replace Louis Kealoha, who resigned after being named as the target of a corruption investigation, has taken longer than anticipated.

SHOPO: Don’t Release Police Officer Names For Salary Database Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

SHOPO: Don’t Release Police Officer Names For Salary Database

Honolulu officials had planned to release salary information, including officers’ names. But the state police union says that endangers officers.

Grand Jury Probe Zeroes In On ‘Safe House’ Property Deal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Grand Jury Probe Zeroes In On ‘Safe House’ Property Deal

Several people were asked to testify recently about a land deal involving Honolulu prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro and a politically active real estate investor.

Ex-Cop Sues Honolulu For Not Paying To Defend Him In Assault Lawsuit Screen shot from KITV

Ex-Cop Sues Honolulu For Not Paying To Defend Him In Assault Lawsuit

The Police Commission rejected Nelson Tamayori’s request for legal aid, but approved it for another officer facing the same allegations.

Ex-Honolulu Cop Offers $300,000 To Settle Suit With Bartender He Shot Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ex-Honolulu Cop Offers $300,000 To Settle Suit With Bartender He Shot

If a judge signs off, Anson Kimura will pay the victim $300,000 and testify on her behalf as she goes after his former employer and colleagues in court.

Police Commissioners Clash Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Secret Hearings Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Commissioners Clash Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Secret Hearings

Despite vehement objections from a former federal prosecutor and retired supreme court justice, the commission voted to hold hearings behind closed doors.

Two Police Commissioners Say Secret Hearings For Cops Are Improper Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Two Police Commissioners Say Secret Hearings For Cops Are Improper

Officers want Honolulu taxpayers to foot their legal bills in a corruption lawsuit, and the commission is scheduled to decide behind closed doors.