The Hawaiʻi Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA).

The department was awarded accreditation at the CALEA fall conference on November 17, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida.

The department received its re-accreditation on November 21, 2015, in Miami Florida, this time for a 4-year term. And most recently on November 16, 2019, in Covington Kentucky, the department received its second re-accreditation, again for another 4-year term.

Of the roughly 23,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, as of (2018), there were only about 900 CALEA® accredited law enforcement agencies.

To earn accreditation, the Police Department had to demonstrate that it is in compliance with more than 400 applicable CALEA standards. To remain accredited, the department must maintain compliance with those standards and undergo a new CALEA assessment every three years.

CALEA was established as a credentialing authority in 1979 through the joint efforts of major law enforcement executive associations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The goals of CALEA are to improve the delivery of public safety services by developing and maintaining a body of standards, establishing and administering an accreditation process for law enforcement agencies, and recognizing professional excellence in public safety.