07-10-19 Hawaii Police Department to undergo on-site CALEA assessment

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Chief Paul Ferreira
Phone: (808) 961-2244


Media Release 

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, known as CALEA, will be visiting Hawaiʻi Island as part of the process of re-accreditation for the Hawaiʻi Police Department.  

A Message from the Chief,  

I strongly encourage the community to take part in the accreditation process for our department by providing input during the public comment session being held.  The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; it presents the Police Chief, on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery.  I wholeheartedly believe in the concept that accreditation embodies the principles of community-oriented policing.  It creates a forum in which law enforcement agencies and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.


Paul K. Ferreira
Chief of Police

The team of CALEA assessors will arrive on the island of Hawaiʻi on August 4, 2019 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 re-accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.                                                                                        
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer phoned comments by calling (808) 961-2270 on August 06, 2019 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Comments will be accepted by the visiting Assessment Team.

In addition, the Police Department invites the Public to an Information Session to be held on August 06, 2019 at 5:00.pm. in:

  • Hilo – Hawaiʻi County Building, Puna Conference Room, Suite 1501, at 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. 

All telephone comments and public information comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

Anyone unable to attend the session or provide telephone commentary may also provide written comments about the Hawaiʻi Police Department by sending comments to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA ®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 22030-2215 or through the website at www.calea.org.

A copy of the CALEA Standards is available for review through a link at www.hawaiipolice.com or at the Hawaiʻi Police Department. The contact person for additional information is Lieutenant Regino Saludares of the Administrative Section at (808) 961-2260.

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