Chief Harry Kubojiri is pleased to announce that the Hawai’i Police Department is about to enter its final phase of efforts to achieve accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®).
A team of CALEA assessors will arrive on the island of Hawai’i on August 4 to examine all aspects of the Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
The team’s verification that the Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, Chief Kubojiri said.
To gain accredited status, the Hawai’i Police Department must comply with 421 standards.
As part of the on-site assessment, Police Department personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session from 5-7 p.m. on August 6. The session, which will be conducted by the CALEA assessment team, will be held in the County Building’s Puna Conference Room located at 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1501, in Hilo.
Those interested in participating but unable to attend may provide telephone comments by calling 961-2270 on August 6 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Hawai’i Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the South Hilo station, at 349 Kapi?olani Street in Hilo. The Police Department’s CALEA program manager is Lieutenant Kenneth Bugado Jr., who can be reached at 961-2260.