The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) was established in 1932. The city of Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu and is also the capitol city of the state of Hawaii.
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. The population of Oahu is about 900,700, which includes military personnel but excludes our tourist population. In 2011, there were 4,252,697 visitors to the island of Oahu alone.
The HPD is comprised of 29 divisions. As of May 2012, the department has 1,933 sworn officers and 463 civilian personnel.
The department's headquarters is located at 801 South Beretania Street. The island of Oahu is divided into eight patrol districts. The district stations are located in Kalihi, Pearl City, Kapolei, Wahiawa, and Kaneohe. The police substations are located in Waianae, Kailua, Kahuku, Waikiki, and Chinatown.
The Honolulu Police Department is the 20th largest police department in the nation. There are approximately 18,000 police departments nationwide.
The HPD is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
We, the men and women of the Honolulu Police Department, are dedicated to providing excellent service through partnerships that build trust, reduce crime, create a safe environment, and enhance the quality of life in our community.
We are committed to these principles:
We have integrity. We adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards. We are honest and sincere in dealing with each other and the community. We have the courage to uphold these principles and are proud that they guide us in all we do.
We show respect. We recognize the value of our unique cultural diversity and treat all people with kindness, tolerance, and dignity. We cherish and protect the rights, liberties, and freedoms of all as granted by the constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of Hawaii.
We act with fairness. Objective, impartial decisions and policies are the foundation of our interactions. We are consistent in our treatment of all persons. Our actions are tempered with reason and equity.
...in the spirit of aloha.
Organization Chart - October 2013
The Honolulu Police Department was awarded national accreditation on July 12, 2003 and was re-accredited on July 12, 2006, July 12, 2009, and on July 12, 2012.
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
In 1979, the CALEA was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations:
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.
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.
The accreditation process consists of the following phases:
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 three years. During this time, the HPD must submit annual reports that document continuing compliance with applicable standards. Reaccreditation occurs at the end of the three years, pending another successful on-site assessment and hearing before the Commission.
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.
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.
For more information about the accreditation process, contact the HPD Accreditation Section at (808)547-2781 or The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. at (703)352-4225.
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:
The commissioners are committed to continue working proactively with the department to address problems regarding police conduct and other issues.
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.
Requests for information and other questions may be addressed to:
Honolulu Police Commission
1060 Richards St., Suite 170
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone number (808)723-7580