The Honolulu Police Department’s (HPD)
compensation and benefit programs are
consistent with policies and standards
established in accordance with current
statutes, collective bargaining agreements,
executive orders, and the rules and regulations
of the Department of Human Resources (DHR).
A. The compensation program shall be
based on merit and contribute to the selection
and retention of employees. The program or
portions thereof may be extended to noncivil
service positions as required by law or for
the good of the service. Examples may include:
1. An entry level salary position for each rank;
2. Salary differentials within ranks,
including differentials for positions requiring
special skills (e.g., canine handler and bomb technician);
3. Salary differentials between ranks;
4. A compensatory time policy;
5. An overtime policy; and
6. Salary augmentation (pay differential/premium) plans.
B. Compensation adjustments for employees
covered by collective bargaining shall be in
accordance with the applicable bargaining agreements.
C. Compensation adjustments for employees
excluded from collective bargaining agreements
shall be in accordance with applicable executive orders.
D. Compensation adjustments for movements
between bargaining units and circumstances not
covered in sections I B and C above shall be in
accordance with the rules and regulations of the DHR.
A. Leaves of Absence
1. All permanent, full-time employees
shall be entitled to and granted leaves of
absence for holidays, injuries/illnesses,
annual vacations, and authorized administrative purposes.
2. The circumstances, conditions, limitations,
accrual rates, procedures for application and
approval, and scheduling of the respective leaves
of absence are described in the Hawaii Revised
Statutes (HRS), collective bargaining agreements,
DHR’s rules and regulations, and departmental policies.
3. Designated state holidays are established
by state and/or federal authority.
B. Retirement Program
Eligible employees shall receive retirement
coverage under the Employees’ Retirement System
(ERS), which grants special provisions for both
law enforcement and civilian personnel.
1. Employees and employers shall contribute
to the ERS at rates established in Chapter 88, HRS.
2. For contributory retirement members,
employees and employers shall contribute to the
ERS at rates established in Chapter 88, HRS.
3. Employees may obtain copies of ERS
publications by writing to the ERS at 201 Merchant Street,
Suite 1400, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
C. Health Fund Insurance Program
All employees (except part time, seasonal,
and intermittent employees) may participate
in the state health fund insurance program.
Information about the program is available in
collective bargaining agreements and Chapter 87, HRS.
D. Disability and Death Benefits Program
1. The HPD makes group term life insurance
available to all full time employees in
accordance with the unions’ insurance plans
or other plans offered by the city. Employees
may also purchase, by payroll deduction,
supplemental insurance from their respective unions and other associations.
2. The HPD facilitates the payments for
the group term life insurance program. Refer
to current collective bargaining agreements
for additional information.
3. The ERS provides eligible employees
with at least ten years of service credit on
disability retirement and a survivor benefit
program. Facts concerning both disability and
death benefits are available through ERS
handbooks, brochures, and Chapter 88 of the HRS.
4. Additional death benefits may be available
when officers are killed in the line of duty.
5. Disability insurance is available to all
employees through the Hawaii Workers’ Compensation program.
E. Liability Protection Program
1. The HPD is responsible for the liability
protection program for its employees.
2. The coverage is consistent with collective
bargaining agreements and the HRS. The HPD provides
eligible employees with the following insurance policies:
a. Automobile (fleet and subsidized) liability;
b. Professional liability;
c. General liability; and
d. Public official’s liability.
3. Professional liability coverage is
provided through the city’s reserve funding
(self insured) program. Private carriers
and/or reserve funding shall satisfy official needs.
F. Educational Benefits Program
1. The educational benefits program
offered by the HPD provides employees academic
training, section training courses, and training
programs at other agencies and institutions.
All costs associated with in-service training
(i.e., tuition, transportation, lodging, and
course texts) may be assumed by the department.
2. The method and class of travel shall
be consistent with the city’s policies, procedures, and
3. All costs incurred for training that an
employee voluntarily attends, though not required
to attend by the HPD, shall be borne by the employee.
4. The HPD offers a tuition reimbursement
program for all eligible employees. Details
of this program are in Policy 3.10,
HIGHER EDUCATION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM.
CIVIL SERVICE REFORM CLAUSE
The rights, benefits, and privileges
currently enjoyed by persons occupying
civil service positions under Chapters
77, 79, 80, 81, 82, and 83 of the HRS
and hired prior to July 1, 2002 shall
not be diminished or impaired until
those rights, benefits, and privileges
are either negotiated by collective
bargaining agreements or established
by executive order for civil service employees.