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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Suits Against Honolulu Cops Cite ‘Culture Of Silence’ At HPD Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Suits Against Honolulu Cops Cite ‘Culture Of Silence’ At HPD

An attorney says the incidents that injured his clients could have been prevented if officers had been disciplined in the past.

Honolulu Police Try Building More Trust With The Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Try Building More Trust With The Homeless

In a new program, officers work with outreach workers to help steer the homeless to services rather than just write tickets.

New Police Chief Reassigns Union President To Patrol Shift Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Police Chief Reassigns Union President To Patrol Shift

Susan Ballard says she had concerns with how the department’s Peer Support Unit was led by SHOPO chief Tenari Maafala.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Builds A New-Look Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Builds A New-Look Police Commission

His nomination of Shannon Alivado, if confirmed, would mean all seven commissioners would be his appointees.

Council Gives Preliminary OK To Changing How Police Panel Selected Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Gives Preliminary OK To Changing How Police Panel Selected

The resolution would allow the City Council to select three members of the seven-member commission.

Hawaii AG Won’t File Charges In Toddler Abuse Case

Hawaii AG Won’t File Charges In Toddler Abuse Case

UPDATED: Peyton Valiente almost died from injuries suffered at a day care, and the Honolulu Police Department acknowledged botching the investigation.

Honolulu Police Officer’s Road Rage Results In Lawsuit Against City Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Officer’s Road Rage Results In Lawsuit Against City

The complaint states the incident resulted from a pattern of the HPD not addressing excessive use of force by officers.

HPD Won’t Force Marijuana Patients To Give Up Their Guns Right Away Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

HPD Won’t Force Marijuana Patients To Give Up Their Guns Right Away

But the department will continue to deny new gun permits to medical cannabis patients.

Councilman Wants A Piece Of The Action In Picking Police Commissioners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman Wants A Piece Of The Action In Picking Police Commissioners

Ikaika Anderson seeks to change the selection process for the Honolulu police and fire commissions, whose members are now mayoral appointees.

Did Honolulu Police Go Too Far In The Case Of This Man’s Death? Submitted

Did Honolulu Police Go Too Far In The Case Of This Man’s Death?

Sheldon Haleck died after a struggle with police in 2015. He was on meth. He refused to get out of the road. Police say they took appropriate actions.

Honolulu Police Tell Medical Marijuana Patients To Give Up Their Guns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Tell Medical Marijuana Patients To Give Up Their Guns

Some say the department’s policy of sending letters to patients is an escalation of efforts to deny gun permits.

New Kealoha Defense Tactic: Going After ‘Mainland Prosecutors’ Nick Grube/Civil Beat

New Kealoha Defense Tactic: Going After ‘Mainland Prosecutors’

A federal judge pushed back the trial date until June due to the complexity of the case and sheer volume of the evidence.