James Correa Named Police Chief 01-19-01

PHONE: 961-2247
JANUARY 19, 2001


The Hawaii County Police Commission voted 6-1 Friday (January 19, 2001) to name James S. Correa as the new police chief.

Correa, 47, will be officially sworn in as the new chief at a later date by Mayor Harry Kim.

Correa has been acting chief of the Hawaii County Police Department since October 18, 2000, when former Chief Wayne G. Carvalho retired.

The 25-year veteran has also served as deputy chief since May 1995.

Correa worked his way up through the ranks of the police force, starting as a patrolman and being promoted to detective, lieutenant, captain and acting major.

He joined the force in February 1975 as a patrolman. In 1980, he was promoted to a detective in the Vice Section. In 1984, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Section, and the following year, he took over as commanding officer of the Criminal Intelligence Unit.

In 1986, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Patrol Division, and a year later, he was transferred to the Vice Section to serve as its commander.

Promoted to captain in 1989, he took over command of the Ka’u District. The following year, he became commander of the Hamakua-North Hilo District, and a year later, he took over as commander of the Puna District.

In 1994, he was promoted to the rank of acting major in charge of the Technical Services Division at police headquarters.

Correa graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1971. He then attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 1971 until 1975. He is a graduate of the 177th Session of the FBI National Academy, attending that school from April until June 1994.

In addition, he is an associate lecturer in the Administration of Justice program at the Hawaii Community College.

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