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HPD in the 1960's: Main Station Squad Room
When retired Assistant Chief of Police Joe Aveiro joined the HPD on Sept 5, l961, the department had just moved from 842 Bethel Street to 1455 S. Beretania Street formerly Sears & Roebuck & Company.
Newly hired police officers of that period had about a month or so of class room training and some of the recruits who "graduated" did not have their class photos taken.
New officers were told to report to one of the three watches in District 1 to the watch commander (Lieutenant). After meeting with the Lieutenant they were told to stand for inspection where they received their assignment for the night, for example, Aveiro Beat 3. After lineup new officers would ask where their beat was and were told to check the beat map posted on the wall.
New officers got their assignments then went to the receiving desk to be transported to their foot beats in town and in Waikiki via Patrol Wagon.. The wagon reeked of urine and vomit and feces. New officers stood up in the wagon, with the back door open, to air out the interior of the wagon. Once dropped off on their beats, they began their tour of duty.
Eventually the sector sergeant and veteran beat partners would stop buy, say hello, introduce themselves, and tell the new officers what they could or could not do.
Some of the duties given to the new officers were as follows:
• Putting Traffic cones on Kapiolani Blvd.
• Operate the police radio at the police station.
• Receiving desk duties.
• Stake-out duties.
• Cell-block duty.
• Any other duty deemed necessary by the watch commander or Lieutenant.
Back in those days the watch commander or Lieutenant was considered an extremely high ranking officer and the sector sergeants were old school officers in their mid-forties and kept the officers in line but were very good mentors.
Certain mandates for new officers were:
• Could not question any orders given.
• Could never remove hats even while in a vehicle.
• Salute all superior officers.
If an officer called into work sick, sergeants were sent to their homes to check if they were in fact "sick".
Some of the standards placed on enforcement back in those days included:
• 2 moving citations a day.
• 10 parking citations a day (in Waikiki).
• 1 beat condition report a day (like no light in an establishment etc).
• 1 traffic condition report a day, (like traffic light was our or crosswalk needed painting etc).
If at the end of the week, the standards were not met the watch commander would call the officer in his office for a heart to heart talk.
Receiving any sort of medal or award for good work was very difficult to obtain. The word for the period was "that's part of your job".
Working conditions improved with the formation of SHOPO, the police officers union, in the 1970's and officers were treated more like people than a commodity. Retired Assistant Chief Aveiro ended his recollection by saying that officers during that time period were proud people and as police officers had the resiliency to face any situation thrown at them. Thank you Chief Aveiro for your recollection.