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David Heaukulani  More Info

About the Honolulu Police Department

The Honolulu Police Department was formally established in 1932 in Honolulu, the capital city of the State of Hawaii. The department’s jurisdiction is the City and County of Honolulu. It includes the entire island of Oahu, which has a circumference of about 137 miles and an area of some 596 square miles. The estimated resident population is about 900,700, which includes military personnel but not tourists. For police operations, the island is divided into eight patrol districts; each district is subdivided into sectors and beats.


The department's headquarters is at 801 South Beretania Street in downtown Honolulu. District stations are found in Kalihi, Pearl City, Kapolei, Wahiawa, and Kaneohe. The Honolulu Police Department is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.




David Heaukulani was an assistant chief of police with the Honolulu Police Department, a management consultant with the Hawaii State Sheriff, physical security specialist with the Army, Deputy Provost Marshall/Operations Officer at the Fort Shafter Army Post, a member of the antiterrorism unit, the chief of police for a Department of Defense police department, and finally completed federal service as the executive officer for the largest military training area in the Pacific. He received a doctorate in sociology from the University of Hawaii. He teaches Sociology at the University of Hawaii, Hilo Campus, and Private Security and Police Organization and Management at Hawaii Community College.


David Heaukulani’s book is a collection of short stories told by cops and from observations by the author. It spans the period from the 1960's to the 21st century. The primary police venue is Hawaii but it mirrors police experience nationwide. Some of the stories were never meant to be public and were passed around only in social gatherings of cops. Now that some of the principals have long since retired and are passing away, the author wanted to capture some of the significant memoirs in print. It is a project similar to Steven Ambrose's Band of Brothers where he wanted to capture the memoirs of a small group of World War Two soldiers before their stories died with them. Examples in this book include a quiet police chief who decided to authorize a special squad to use force to take back control of the streets from the "bad boys." It tells the tale of a homicide lieutenant with a Dirty Harry attitude coping with Hawaii's first serial killer case. It highlights great police leaders, as well as poor examples of leadership. It tells the pain of cops being taken down by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. It tells about homosexual cops having difficulty watching hunks changing in the locker room. It tells about cops at play and cops at mischief. Included are sociological analyses in an attempt to explain why street cops think and act the way they do. At the conclusion you come away with a behind-the-scenes view of street cops as only a former cop can tell it.


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