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The Honolulu Police Department is the largest metropolitan
law enforcement agency in Hawaii. With over 2200 sworn officers
and its civilian component, the department serves Oahu's 880,000
residents, including military personnel. Over 7 million tourists
visited the state in 2007.
The main police station is located in the historic Honolulu
civic center district at 801 South Beretania Street.
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2 | District 3 | District
4 | District 5 | District
6 | District 7 | District
Oahu was divided into four "logical" patrol districts
in the 1970s: Metro Honolulu (District 1), Central Oahu/North
Shore (District 2), Kaena Point to Pearl Harbor (District 3),
Windward Oahu (District 4). Demographic changes and population
shifts further subdivided Honolulu with three new districts: Kalihi
(District 5), Waikiki (District 6), and East Honolulu (District
7). Leeward Oahu and the Kapolei/Ewa areas became District 8.
Originally, the Central Patrol Bureau (Honolulu) had two-digit
beat designators (20-94), while the Regional Patrol Bureau had
three-digit beat designators. In June 1997, the district and beat
boundaries were redrawn and renumbered. All beats now have three-digit
identifiers, beginning with x50. In some districts (most notable
in District 2), some beat designators are not consecutive, so
that beats could be added and renumbered at ease if needed.
Interestingly enough, beats in Districts 2, 3, and 8 were redrawn
and renumbered again in 2002.
- District 2 added Beat 255 to address the growing community
- District 3 beats were renumbered to distinguish the four patrol
sectors (35x, 36x, 37x, and 38x)
- District 8 added Beat 871 as Kapolei began to grow into Oahu's
Second City. Beat 870 now covers the entire Kapolei Business
District north of H1 Freeway, while Beat 871 includes all of
Kalaeloa south of H1 Freeway. Beat 872 includes all of the residential
areas in the Villages of Kapolei.
In terms of records management, crime classification between
residential and business is made easier with the redrawn beats.
Ala Moana Shopping Center is located entirely within Beat 180,
while Ala Moana Beach Park is located entirely within Beat 172.
Today, there are eight patrol districts and 156 patrol beats
on the island of Oahu.
All department communications are on the City & County
of Honolulu 800 MHz radio system. Here is some history regarding
- Until 1996, the department used 8 VHF radio frequencies, one
for each district.
- The city began installing the 800 MHz radio system in 1996.
HPD began simulcasting communications on both the VHF and 800
MHz radio system about mid-1996.
- On June 1, 1997, the department ended its VHF/800 MHz simulcast
and switched all patrol communications to "analog patrol"
on the 800 MHz system. At that time, officers were using Ericsson
M-RK II portable radios.
- Later in 1998, the department briefly switched patrol communications
to AEGIS digital, only to encounter major communications difficulties.
They switched back to analog patrol.
- In 2001, the radio system was upgraded from AEGIS digital
to ProVoice digital format. The M-RK series radio did not support
the ProVoice format; the department switched to newer radios,
the Jaguar 700P. The radios and latest digital mode was successfully
tested during the Asian Development Bank conference in 2001.
- In November 2001, additional frequencies were added to all
- On April 9, 2002, the department ended 800 MHz analog patrol
operations and switched all patrol communications to "digital
HPD patrol call signs are easy to decipher. The graphic below
shows that the beat officers callsign is comprised of three distinct
parts: the shift (or watch) designator, the car type, and the
Shifts: There are three-shifts, or
"watches", designated 1 (Night), 2 (Day), or 3 (Evening).
Car Types: There are two car types.
Cars designated "Bravo" are the 'blue and white' patrol
cars, while cars designated as "Mike" are subsidized
private vehicles with either a single blue dome light or the new
LED bar lights. HPD also operated Cushman GO-4 units, which were
given a "Charlie" unit designation. They were discontinued
in 2001 after safety issues resulted in injuries to several officers.
HPD Cushman vehicles in 2001
Photo credit: George Lee (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Beat: The master beat is the primary
area of responsibility for this patrol officer. The first digit
is always the district number. The implementation of a new Computer
Aided Dispatch system did away the practice of assigning two-man
units a unit suffix (i.e. 2B180A) as the new system was not designed
to handle six-character callsigns. Two-man units are assigned
a single callsign, but only one officer is considered the primary.
In this example, Beat 180's boundaries are Kona
Street to the north, Atkinson Boulevard to the east, Ala Moana
Boulevard to the south, and Piikoi Street on the west. As you
might have guessed, Ala Moana Center lies totally within Beat
While beat officers are assigned to a particular
beat, dispatchers may send them on any case within their sector.
During major emergencies, beat officers may be called out of sector,
or even out of the district.
There are a total of 156 beats on the island of
Non-patrol units are given four-digit callsigns, which are
CALLSIGN UNIT DESCRIPTION
150-180 District 1 Beat Officers
250-272 District 2 Beat Officers
350-384 District 3 Beat Officers
450-480 District 4 Beat Officers
550-573 District 5 Beat Officers
650-662 District 6 Beat Officers
750-784 District 7 Beat Officers
850-879 District 8 Beat Officers
1100 District 1 Captain
110x District 1 Lieutenants
111x-119x District 1 Sergeants
1200 District 2 Captain
120x District 2 Lieutenants
121x-129x District 2 Sergeants
1300 District 3 Captain
130x District 3 Lieutenants
131x-139x District 3 Sergeants
1400 District 4 Captain
140x District 4 Lieutenants
141x-149x District 4 Sergeants
1500 District 5 Captain
150x District 5 Lieutenants
151x-159x District 5 Sergeants
1600 District 6 Captain
160x District 6 Lieutenants
161x-169x District 6 Sergeants
1700 District 7 Captain
170x District 7 Lieutenants
171x-179x District 7 Sergeants
1800 District 8 Captain
180x District 8 Lieutenants
181x-189x District 8 Sergeants
3100 Missing Persons Detail
3200 Criminal Investigation Division (CID)
3500 Narcotics/VICE Division (NVD)
3700 Vehicular Homicide Section (VHS)
3800 Solo Bike Detail
3900 Specialized Services Division (SSD)
3990 Police Helicopter 1
3991 Police Helicopter 2
4400 Police Reserves
7700 State of Hawaii DPS
7800 Traffic Light Units
9100 District 1 Crime Reduction Unit
9200 District 2 Crime Reduction Unit
9300 District 3 Crime Reduction Unit
9400 District 4 Crime Reduction Unit
9500 District 5 Crime Reduction Unit
9600 District 6 Crime Reduction Unit
9700 District 7 Crime Reduction Unit
9800 District 8 Crime Reduction Unit
On 13 August 2006, Honolulu Police implemented a change in
the patrol schedule. Officers now work more days a week but have
shorter shifts under a new contract between HPD and SHOPO, the
police union. A 45-minute meal break is factored in, which is
why the shift ends 45 minutes past the hour.
DISTRICT 1ST WATCH 2ND WATCH 3RD WATCH 4TH WATCH
All Districts 2200-0645 0600-1445 1400-2245 1800-0200
Recall Time 2230 0630 1430
Units begin to test 15-20 minutes after the times indicated above,
to account for lineup and roster changes, if any. Recall of the
previous watch is indicated with the recall time above.
The fourth, or Power Watch begins at 1800-0200 in Districts 1
and 6 only. This watch usually augments the district with additional
officers during the early and late evening, when these districts
may experience a heightened number of cases.
From 1 June 1997 to 12 August 2006, patrol officers in Districts
5 and 7 worked a 3/12 schedule--three days of 12-hour shifts for
two consecutive weeks and four days the third week. which averages
out to 40 hours per week. The rest of the island shifted to a
3/12 schedule in August 2000. The shifts were different, depending
on which district an officer works in. A 45-minute meal break
is included in the shift schedule, which is why the watch ends
past the hour.
DISTRICT 1ST WATCH 2ND WATCH
1, 2, 5, 6 1800-0645 0600-1845
3, 4, 7, 8 2100-0945 0900-2145
With the department now on a 5/8 schedule, it is likely that dispatchers now work
40 hour-per-week shifts. Shortages continue to plague the Communications
Division, and it is likely that dispatchers work beyond their normal
shifts if needed.