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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Officers Hope New Chief Will Clear Away ‘Dark Cloud Over HPD’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Officers Hope New Chief Will Clear Away ‘Dark Cloud Over HPD’

Susan Ballard is sworn in as Honolulu’s police chief to a chorus of praise as the department looks to move beyond the Louis Kealoha years.

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Secret Meetings About Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Secret Meetings About Police Chief

The Police Commission didn’t have to go behind closed doors to talk about Louis Kealoha’s future, but it had the right, the judge ruled.

Council Confirms Two New Honolulu Police Commission Members Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Council Confirms Two New Honolulu Police Commission Members

Jerry Gibson and Karen Chang will join the seven-member panel that oversees the embattled police department.

Three Officers Plead Not Guilty In Honolulu Police Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Three Officers Plead Not Guilty In Honolulu Police Corruption Case

The charges relate to the alleged framing of a man at the behest of the former police chief and his prosecutor wife.

Some Of Our Best Reporting On Honolulu Police Misconduct Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Some Of Our Best Reporting On Honolulu Police Misconduct

The federal indictments of the former police chief and his wife aren’t the only troubles at the HPD.

A Look At The Business Execs Up For Seats On Honolulu Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Look At The Business Execs Up For Seats On Honolulu Police Commission

The City Council is set to vote Wednesday on Mayor Caldwell’s nominees, who would join the oversight panel amid a corruption scandal at HPD.

Susan Ballard To Be Sworn In Wednesday As Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Susan Ballard To Be Sworn In Wednesday As Honolulu Police Chief

The 32-year veteran will be first woman to lead the police department in its 85-year history.

Former HPD Police Chief Gets New Criminal Defense Attorney Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former HPD Police Chief Gets New Criminal Defense Attorney

Las Vegas attorney Gary Modafferi, who was once convicted of drug charges and disbarred, will represent Louis Kealoha in an ongoing criminal conspiracy case.

Lawyers Want Review Of Cases Handled By Indicted Officials AP

Lawyers Want Review Of Cases Handled By Indicted Officials

As Honolulu police scandal unfolds, defense attorneys want the city’s top prosecutor to review cases that the defendants were involved in.

Jim Dooley: Secrecy, Unwavering Loyalty A Recipe For Police Corruption Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Jim Dooley: Secrecy, Unwavering Loyalty A Recipe For Police Corruption

The unique characteristics of HPD’s Criminal Intelligence Unit have led to recurring scandals that go back nearly 5o years.

Here’s Our Advice For Our New Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Our Advice For Our New Police Chief

If Susan Ballard wants to regain the public’s trust, she needs to start trusting the public.

HPD Corruption Case: Who Is Alison Lee Wong? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Corruption Case: Who Is Alison Lee Wong?

The feds say Honolulu prosecutor Katherine Kealoha used the alias of “Alison Lee Wong” to help carry out alleged crimes.