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HPD welcomes newest members of the department

You could just feel the energy in the room. It was a very special night for the Honolulu Police Department's (HPD) 172nd recruit class. The 32 graduates, 28 men and 4 women, were given honors only Honolulu's Finest could receive. The ceremony opened with each graduate getting their badge pinned onto their uniform. It is the department's tradition to have the recruit choose someone special to them pin their badge on their uniform. Then one by one, the recruits marched to the stage.

The HPD's banner, with the words Integrity, Respect and Fairness, draped in the background as the recruits stood before their family and friends. The class representative spoke to the audience, "We are proud to wear the badge and the uniform and be part of the HPD ohana." When he said ohana, he meant that literally. Thirteen recruits have family members in the department and two of the newest HPD officers are brothers.

HPD Chief Louis M. Kealoha congratulated the recruits and thanked their families for their support. Honolulu mayor, Kirk Caldwell also attended. He gave the keynote speech and thanked the recruits for putting their lives on the line to protect our community. This is Caldwell's first recruit graduation since taking office.

The graduation was held at the Hawaii Okinawa Center last night. The recruits all passed a difficult process of intense classroom and hands-on training at the Ke Kula Makai police academy in Waipahu. After graduation, the new officers will be paired with veteran officers for an additional six months of field training.

172nd Recruit Class Graduation