Officers providing escort with police vehicles
shall abide by the laws of the City and County
of Honolulu and State of Hawaii and the
directives of the Honolulu Police Department.
ON-DUTY POLICE ESCORTS
On-duty escorts may be authorized for the following:
A. Visiting heads of state when security is necessary.
The breaking of intersections during these
escorts shall be directed by the Specialized
Services Division with the approval of the Chief of Police;
B. Funeral ceremonies only as specified
in Policy 3.08, FUNERAL HONORS AND CEREMONIES FOR POLICE PERSONNEL;
C. Parades or motorcades that are beneficial to the community at large;
D. The movement of property for national
security purposes and the provision of classified
escorts for military movements on public roads or highways;
E. The transport of donated human organs to
the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
The Legacy of Life Hawaii will contact the
lieutenant in charge or a supervisor in the
Communications Division who will dispatch a
patrol unit to the hospital indicated. The
patrol unit shall provide a nonemergency
escort for the vehicle transporting the organ to the airport; and
F. Facilitating the movement of traffic
and promoting the public’s safety during
incidents (e.g., motor vehicle collision,
hazardous material response, medical emergency,
hostage situation, etc.) in which a police
escort could be beneficial.
1. Escorting of unauthorized emergency
vehicles (e.g., an individual transporting a
woman in labor to a hospital) is an extremely
dangerous practice and should be avoided unless
absolutely necessary. In medical emergencies,
the patient should be transported by ambulance whenever possible.
2. A supervisor (sergeant or higher rank)
will be notified and determine whether or not
to authorize the escort.
3. The Communications Division will be
notified by the escorting officer of the
purpose and route taken before such movement.
SPECIAL DUTY ESCORTS
A. Special duty escorts may be provided for the following purposes:
1. Oversized and/or Overweight Vehicles and Loads
The movement of oversized and/or overweight
vehicles and loads only with proper permits from the
Department of Transportation Services of the City and
County of Honolulu and/or the Highways Division,
Department of Transportation, State of Hawaii.
All traffic laws shall be obeyed. Officers
assigned to these escorts should not “break”
intersections and shall ensure that all conditions
on the street usage permit are enforced.
Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be allowed
to enter intersections with the red light signal
during race conditions only under the direction
of a police officer. In these situations, street
usage permits that specifically state these conditions
and police escorts are required. The attending
police officer will use discretionary powers in all such cases.
Funeral processions shall be limited to a total
of six vehicles, excluding the police vehicle(s).
Although the traffic code permits a funeral
procession to enter an intersection on a red
light signal, the department’s policy shall
be to obey all traffic signals except under
Officers hired for special duty escorts shall
personally inspect the applicable permits before movement begins.
A. Escorts shall not be provided for the following purposes:
1. Promoting commercial products for private enterprise;
3. Dignitaries, executives, and/or individuals
representing private enterprise agencies;
4. Other events deemed not in the public
interest or that are incompatible with the dignity
or integrity of the department; and
5. Events using volunteer escorts.
B. The Chief of Police or a designee may
waive any of the above prohibitions if an on
duty or special duty escort is needed.