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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Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission City and County of Honolulu

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

Dick Grimm, who worked at three local stations, would be the mayor’s sixth appointment to the seven-member board.

New HPD Chief Shares Her Goals For A Department In Turmoil Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New HPD Chief Shares Her Goals For A Department In Turmoil

Susan Ballard outlined what she wants to accomplish in the coming years in her first regular meeting with the Honolulu Police Commission.

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case

The couple could no longer afford to pay their long-time lawyers to defend them in one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii history.

Judge: Kealohas Are Too Broke To Pay For Their Own Defense Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Kealohas Are Too Broke To Pay For Their Own Defense

UPDATED: A federal judge will assign new, publicly funded counsel to represent the former Honolulu police chief and his prosecutor wife.

Judge To Kealohas: Show Me Your Finances Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge To Kealohas: Show Me Your Finances

A federal judge says he won’t consider taxpayer-funded attorneys for the former Honolulu chief and his prosecutor wife until he verifies their financial situation.

Kealoha Attorneys Want Out Of Corruption Case Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kealoha Attorneys Want Out Of Corruption Case

The three defense attorneys say the Kealohas can’t afford to pay them.

Criminal Case Against Kealohas Puts Brakes On Uncle’s Suit

Criminal Case Against Kealohas Puts Brakes On Uncle’s Suit

The lawsuit filed by Gerard Puana will have to wait while the case against his niece and her husband continues, a judge rules.

Honolulu Police Officers Begin Testing Body Cameras Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Officers Begin Testing Body Cameras

HPD has outfitted dozens of officers with the technology as part of a 30-day pilot program.

Officer Charged In Corruption Case Challenges Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Officer Charged In Corruption Case Challenges Police Commission

Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen says the city should be paying for his legal defense against a related lawsuit.

Explosive Motion Calls For Ouster Of Kealoha Attorneys Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Explosive Motion Calls For Ouster Of Kealoha Attorneys

The Justice Department claims conflicts of interest should disqualify defense attorneys Myles Breiner and Kevin Sumida.

What’s At The Center Of The Case Against The Kealohas? Bank Fraud Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

What’s At The Center Of The Case Against The Kealohas? Bank Fraud

The former HPD chief and his prosecutor wife are accused of using various methods, from forged documents to bogus rental leases, to defraud banks.

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You

Federal indictments in the Honolulu police corruption case vindicate the former ethics director but raise questions about the Caldwell administration.