The Hawaii Police Department has been awarded national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA).
Police Chief Harry Kubojiri was among the police officials who received the coveted award at the CALEA fall conference on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.
The department began to seek accreditation in 2004, at which time personnel started the process of reviewing departmental general orders, policies and procedures to ensure they all met CALEA standards.
Following a self-assessment phase and an on-site assessment by a team of out-of-state certified CALEA assessors in August of this year, the accreditation commission thoroughly questioned Hawaii Police Department officials in a Saturday hearing in Florida.
After confirming that the department is in compliance with applicable standards, the commission awarded accreditation.
Of the roughly 23,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, only about 1,200 have been awarded CALEA Accreditation.