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 Commission May Be Short-Changing Cops In Need Of Attorneys Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commission May Be Short-Changing Cops In Need Of Attorneys

One Honolulu police commissioner thinks some officers should have had taxpayer-funded lawyers but didn’t.

Honolulu Closer To Outfitting Officers With Body Cameras Flickr: West Midlands Police

Honolulu Closer To Outfitting Officers With Body Cameras

Acting Chief Cary Okimoto told the Police Commission that 20 officers will begin using the technology before the end of the year.

Hawaii Police Agencies Struggle To Equip Officers With Body Cameras Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii Police Agencies Struggle To Equip Officers With Body Cameras

Only one department — the smallest — has had any luck with implementing the technology. So what’s taking so long everywhere else?

Kauai Police Chief Says He’s Applied For Honolulu Chief Job Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kauai Police Chief Says He’s Applied For Honolulu Chief Job

Darryl Perry, who worked at HPD for 30 years, applied for the job to be Honolulu’s next chief of police. His says his first priority is restoring community trust in the department.

Honolulu Police Should Work With The Press, Not Hide From It Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Should Work With The Press, Not Hide From It

HPD doesn’t need a public relations consultant. It just needs to develop a better relationship with the local media.

Should Honolulu’s New Police Chief Be An Insider Or An Outsider? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Should Honolulu’s New Police Chief Be An Insider Or An Outsider?

The police union leader is pushing for someone already in the ranks. But others, including law enforcement experts, say new blood might be the best.

Hawaii AG To Review Toddler Abuse Case That Police Botched Courtesy of Chelsea Valiente

Hawaii AG To Review Toddler Abuse Case That Police Botched

Doug Chin is looking at the case after Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro said police gave him no new evidence.

Honolulu Police Chief Job Attracts At Least 30 Applicants Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Job Attracts At Least 30 Applicants

UPDATE: The Police Commission will hold a hearing before approving taxpayer-funded lawyers in a lawsuit related to the Kealoha scandal.

Lawsuit: Police Officers, Union Tried To Cover Up Bar Shooting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Police Officers, Union Tried To Cover Up Bar Shooting

At least 10 Honolulu police officers were disciplined for their failure to properly investigate a high-profile shooting that involved a colleague.

Denby Fawcett: Media Training For Honolulu Cops A Waste of Money Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Media Training For Honolulu Cops A Waste of Money

A public relations company’s pricey advice for Honolulu police on how to handle the press consisted mostly of not-so-useful boilerplate suggestions.

Honolulu Police Chief Applications Are Rolling In Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Applications Are Rolling In

The number of candidates is in the “double-digits,” but details won’t be revealed until the Police Commission meets Wednesday.

HPD Major Retires Amid Justice Department Corruption Probe Honolulu Police Department

HPD Major Retires Amid Justice Department Corruption Probe

Gordon Shiraishi was a part of an elite surveillance unit at the center of the federal case involving Honolulu’s former police chief.