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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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Appeals Court Says Honolulu Police Used Excessive Force in 2015 Death Honolulu Police Department

Appeals Court Says Honolulu Police Used Excessive Force in 2015 Death

The 9th Circuit Court sided with a lower court, clearing the way for a lawsuit against HPD by the family of Sheldon Haleck.

Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend Charged With Lying About Their Affair Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend Charged With Lying About Their Affair

New court documents say the wife of the former Honolulu police chief and her lover worked together to hide their relationship from federal investigators.

Civil Beat Wins Right To Intervene In HPD Arbitration Case Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Wins Right To Intervene In HPD Arbitration Case

The news outlet has been seeking the report that gave Sgt. Darren Cachola his job back.

Law Enforcement’s Struggle To Help Honolulu’s Mentally Ill PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Law Enforcement’s Struggle To Help Honolulu’s Mentally Ill

Even with assistance from police psychologists, some emotionally disturbed residents keep officers returning again and again.

New Indictment Against Kealohas Focuses on Bank Fraud, Identify Theft Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Indictment Against Kealohas Focuses on Bank Fraud, Identify Theft

Defense attorneys had wrongly hoped federal prosecutors were dropping conspiracy charges involving an alleged mailbox theft.

Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Gets His Job Back

Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Gets His Job Back

But a labor board panel has temporarily blocked Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard’s effort to release information explaining the decision.

 

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief

Councilman Ikaika Anderson pulls back his proposals to shake up how the city selects police and fire chiefs and commissions.

The Case Of A Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Is About To Go Public Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The Case Of A Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Is About To Go Public

Darren Cachola, a former HPD sergeant, could get his job back four years after he was caught on tape beating his girlfriend inside a Honolulu restaurant.

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief?

One Honolulu council member is pushing to amend the city charter to revamp how the chief and police commissioners are chosen.

Kealohas Will Face Two Trials in Federal Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas Will Face Two Trials in Federal Corruption Case

A federal judge’s ruling that the couple should receive separate trials on various charges was a legal victory for the defendants.

 

Ballard Promises Aggressive Recruitment To Fix Cop Shortage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ballard Promises Aggressive Recruitment To Fix Cop Shortage

Honolulu’s police chief offers blunt assessments of homelessness and the scandal that tarnished her predecessor.

Will The Kealoha Case Be One Big Show Or Separate Trials? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will The Kealoha Case Be One Big Show Or Separate Trials?

A judge will soon decide whether to grant defendants’ wishes to split up the case or fulfill prosecutors’ desire to keep it intact.