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Kauai Police Department
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The Kauai Police Department is charged with the enforcement of all federal, state, and local laws, and serving an island population of about 60,000 residents and visitors.

Patrol Division Structure

The island of Kauai is subdivided into three districts and ten patrol sectors:

Hanalei District (Sectors 1, 2, 3):
District Station: Next to Fire Station 1 in Hanalei
Boundaries: Ke'e Beach to Olohena Road in Kapaa.

Lihue District (Sectors 4, 5, 6):
District Station: Public Safety Building at 3990 Kaana Road, Lihue
Substation located in Kapaa at Kuhio Highway and Niu St.
Boundaries: Olohena Road in Kapaa to the Maluhia Tree Tunnel (mile marker 7) of Kaumualii Highway

Waimea District (Sectors 7, 8, 9, 10)
District Station: Next to Fire Station 7 in Waimea
Boundaries: Maluhia Tree Tunnel (mile marker 7) of Kaumualii Highway west to Polihale Beach

The Traffic Safety Unit falls under the Patrol Services Bureau. Their primary task is to investigate all critical and fatal traffic collisions.

Beat Maps

No beat maps are available. All officers in that district primarily patrol their assigned "sector", but may respond to any call in any sector of their respective district.

Radio Communications

All emergency services used VHF radio frequencies before switching over to the Kauai 800 MHz Motorola SmartNet trunked radio system in 1997.

Radio Call Signs

On duty officers assigned to a patrol sector use the callsigns listed above. Additional patrol officers not assigned a patrol sector use callsigns like Alpha 1, Bravo 1, Charlie 1, and Delta 1. Sergeants and above may identify themselves by their three digit badge number.

Work Schedules

The patrol division works three shifts: Midnight (2200-0645), Day (0630-1445), and Evening (1430-2245).

Units test out with their sector number, car number, officer last name, and portable number. The portable number coincides with their badge number.

Other News

Police Chief Darryl Perry said in an October 2008 article of The Garden Island that Kauai must expand their police beats to provide better coverage to a growing population. The department grew from eight to 10 beats in 1980, where it remained ever since.

Currently, four of the island’s 10 sectors fall on the North Shore, two more in the greater Lihu‘e area, and four on the Westside. There is a single patrol services officer covering each of those 10 beats at any one time, Perry said, with each beat requiring four or five full-time patrol officers to provide coverage around the clock.

Perry wants to expand the departments number of beats from 10 to 18 in the next five to ten years.

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Updated: 11.27.2008 at 2:20 p.m.