The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) was established in 1932 and is located on the island of Oahu at 801 South Beretania Street. The department's jurisdiction encompasses the entire island of Oahu, which has a circumference of about 137 miles and an area of approximately 596 square miles. Oahu has a population of about 1,000,000 including military personnel, but excluding visitors. In 2018, there were 5,862,358 visitors to the island of Oahu.

The HPD is comprised of 29 divisions. As of March 2020, the department has 1,820 sworn officers and 464 civilian personnel.

Alapai Headquarters

The island of Oahu is divided into eight patrol districts. The district stations are located in Kalihi, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Pearl City, and Wahiawa. The police substations are located in Chinatown, Kahuku, Kailua, Waianae, and Waikiki.

The HPD is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).


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Honolulu Police Department Organization Chart

Organizational Chart

Organization Chart - April 2018

Law Enforcement Accreditation


The Honolulu Police Department was awarded national accreditation on July 12, 2003, and was re-accredited on July 12, 2006, July 12, 2009, July 12, 2012, and on July 25, 2015.

On July 12, 2018, the Honolulu Police Department was re-accredited with a Gold Standard Assessment and also received the CALEA Meritorious Award for having been accredited for 15 or more years.

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

In 1979, the CALEA was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

What is accreditation?

Accreditation recognizes professional excellence in law enforcement services by complying with national standards. Accreditation status for law enforcement agencies is similar to that of accredited institutions such as hospitals, colleges, and universities.

The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) is pursuing accreditation to improve the administration of law enforcement services to the citizens of the City and County of Honolulu, the employees of the HPD, and the community as a whole.

Goals of accreditation

The goals of CALEA are to:

1. Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities.
2. Formalize essential management procedures.
3. Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices.
4. Improve service delivery.
5. Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination.
6. Boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.

Becoming accredited

The accreditation process consists of the following phases:

1. Application.
2. Self-Assessment.
3. On-Site Assessment.
4. Commission Review.
5. Maintaining Compliance of Standards for Reaccreditation.

The Honolulu Police Department was awarded national accreditation at the CALEA conference in Detroit, Michigan, on July 12, 2003.

The accreditation period is for four years. During this time, the HPD must submit annual reports that document continuing compliance with applicable standards. Reaccreditation occurs at the end of the four years, pending another successful on-site assessment and hearing before the Commission.

Topics covered by accreditation

The standards address six major law enforcement subjects:

1. Role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies.
2. Organization, management, and administration.
3. Personnel administration.
4. Law enforcement operations.
5. Prisoner- and court-related services.
6. Auxiliary and technical services.

Compliance of applicable standards

Agencies that seek accreditation are required to comply only with those standards that are specifically applicable to them. Applicability is based on two factors: an agency's size and the functions it performs. Applicable standards are categorized as mandatory or other than mandatory. Agencies must comply with all applicable mandatory standards and 80 percent of applicable other-than-mandatory standards. If an agency cannot comply with a standard because of legislation, labor agreements, court orders, or case law, waivers may be sought from the commission.

Seeking to establish the best professional practices, the standards prescribe what agencies should be doing, but not how they should be doing it. That decision is left up to the individual agency and its chief executive officer.

Benefits of accreditation

  • Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices, facilities and equipment to ensure employees' safety, and processes to safeguard employees' rights. Employees can take pride in their department, knowing it represents the very best in law enforcement.

  • The HPD will be better able to defend itself against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them once they become accredited.

  • Accreditation standards give the chief of police a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision making and resource allocation.

  • Accreditation will provide objective evidence of the HPD's commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service delivery. Thus, government officials are more confident in an agency's ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.

  • Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which the police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges confronting the HPD and gives the department clear direction about community expectations.

For more information about the accreditation process, contact the HPD Accreditation Section at (808)723-3374 or The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. at (703)352-4225.

Honolulu Police Commission

The Honolulu Police Commission is made up of seven individuals appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. All members serve staggered terms of five years, volunteering their services and receiving no compensation. The commission elects its own chair and vice chair each year from among its members.The Police Commission has the following mandated responsibilities:

  • appoints and may remove the Chief of Police;

  • reviews rules and regulations for the administration of the Honolulu Police Department;

  • reviews the annual budget prepared by the Chief of Police and may make recommendations thereon to the Mayor;

  • receives, considers, and investigates charges brought by the public against the conduct of the department or any of its members and submits a written report of its findings to the Chief of Police.

The commissioners are committed to continue working proactively with the department to address problems regarding police conduct and other issues.


  • Shannon L. Alivado - Chair
  • Jerry C. Gibson - Vice Chair
  • Carrie K.S. Okinaga - Member
  • Richard M. Parry - Member
  • Vacant - Member
  • Vacant - Member
  • Vacant - Member

Commission meetings

Commission meetings, open to the public, are held at 2:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month in the first floor Conference Room A at Honolulu Police Department Alapai Headquarters, 801 S. Beretania Street.

Executive sessions are closed to the public and are held after the regular meetings.

Additional information

Requests for information and other questions may be addressed to:

Executive Officer
Honolulu Police Commission
1060 Richards St., Suite 170
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone number (808)723-7580

Police Commission


Meetings held 1st and 3rd Wednesday @ 2p.m.


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