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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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.

Why Is A High-Tech Agency Building A Center For Cops And Rescue Workers? Hawaii Technology Development Corp./University of Hawaii Community Design Center

Why Is A High-Tech Agency Building A Center For Cops And Rescue Workers?

The project raises questions about whether the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. is stepping away from its mission and legislative mandate.

Why Taxpayers Might Have To Pay For Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Attorney Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Taxpayers Might Have To Pay For Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Attorney

Former police chief Louis Kealoha’s request for legal fees at taxpayer expense is causing angst for Honolulu police commissioners.

Honolulu Police Commission: Where’s Our Consultant? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commission: Where’s Our Consultant?

The commission hoped to be swearing in a new police chief this summer. But a delay in hiring a consultant to assist in the search has pushed the timeline back to at least September.

Kealohas Tried to Discredit Police Commissioner In Corruption Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas Tried to Discredit Police Commissioner In Corruption Probe

A city prosecutor urged the police commission to ignore calls for more scrutiny of her husband, Police Chief Louis Kealoha.

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.