The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) proactively
gathers information that may assist with police
objectives by encouraging officers to engage
persons observed in suspicious circumstances.
While on duty, field and investigative officers
should collect information on any person observed
in suspicious circumstances with attention to
anything that may serve a police purpose.
Officers may, without probable cause or reasonable
suspicion, temporarily stop individuals to conduct
field interviews. These interviews are neither
arrests nor detentions because a person’s participation is voluntary.
1. A person is not obligated to provide his
or her name, address, identification, or reason for being in an area.
2. A consensual interview may become a
situation that requires the exercise of police
authority. Statements made or other attending
circumstances may give rise to reasonable
suspicion about the person and a crime. The
contact may then become an investigative detention.
DIGITAL NOTEBOOK ENTRY
A. Officers shall enter information on
persons contacted under suspicious circumstances
into the Digital Notebook system during their
tour of duty.
B. Unless the Internet is unavailable,
a computer check shall be made to determine
if the subject is wanted locally or by a
National Crime Information Center warrant.
C. The Information Technology Division
shall be responsible for the system design
and maintenance and developing and updating
the user guide. The user guide shall be made
available to authorized personnel via the HPD intranet.
D. The computerized data shall be available
to authorized personnel.