Honolulu at a glance


Population by race and Hispanic origin


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Full-time law enforcement staff, Honolulu Police Department

  • 2,005 Officers
  • 511 Civilian staff

Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents

  • 2.08 Honolulu
  • 2.3 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
  • 2.2 National average

These figures reflect the Honolulu Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding

Data was last updated September 7, 2022


We identified over $18.8M in federal grant funding, FY 2012-2022

Grant funding over time

Grant funding by federal department

Recent grants

USA spending grants for: Honolulu
Amount Start and end dates Recipient and description Awarding agency CFDA program Type
$1,535,466.00 1/1/2022
12/31/2023
HONOLULU, CITY & COUNTY OF THE HIDTA PROGRAM REDUCES ILLICIT DRUG SUPPLY BY AIDING FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. PERFORMANCE IS MEASURED BY DISMANTLING/DISRUPTING DRUG TRAFFICKING AND MONEY LAUNDERING ORGANIZATIONS AND IMPROVING EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INITIATIVES. Executive Office of the President Office of the National Drug Control Policy 95.001 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Prime
$166,420.00 9/1/2021
8/31/2023
HONOLULU, CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU, HI DE-ESCALATION TRAINING PROJECT Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
$125,000.00 9/1/2021
8/31/2023
HONOLULU, CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU, HI LEMHWA PROJECT Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
$1,521,044.00 1/1/2021
12/31/2022
HONOLULU, CITY & COUNTY OF THE HIDTA PROGRAM REDUCES ILLICIT DRUG SUPPLY BY AIDING FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. PERFORMANCE IS MEASURED BY DISMANTLING/DISRUPTING DRUG TRAFFICKING AND MONEY LAUNDERING ORGANIZATIONS AND IMPROVING EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INITIATIVES. Executive Office of the President Office of the National Drug Control Policy 95.001 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Prime

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Military equipment transfers


We were unable to locate any military equipment transfers for this location using the LESO Property Transferred to Participating Agencies database published by the Defense Logistics Agency. It is possible that this location has acquired military equipment for policing via other sources or programs.

Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data was last updated January 25, 2022

Settlements

We identified 3 publicly reported settlements that resulted in policy changes and $3,105,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Settlements
Year Description Outcome
2021

The Honolulu City Council voted to pay $1 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit of Cameron Johnson, a 19-year-old who was shot and killed in 2017 during an officer’s investigation of a stolen vehicle.

The lawsuit cast doubt on police testimony. Cameron Johnson was shot by a police officer who had a brief conversation with Johnson while he was in his vehicle and then started firing. Witnesses were right behind Johnson’s vehicle and confirmed that the officer shot Johnson multiple times and that the submitted police testimony of the situation was incorrect.

Compensation
$1,000,000.00
2021

The City of Honolulu settled a lawsuit for $150,000 in which a Honolulu police officer was accused of wrongfully arresting a 15-year-old who claimed to be bullied by the officer’s son at school.

Jorge Rivera and his mother Jennifer Rivera sued the City and County of Honolulu, officer Kirk Uemura, and others in federal court. The lawsuit alleged that Uemura’s son and Rivera got into a fight over a girl. The following day, Uemura arrested Rivera after following his school bus to a nearby high school. He summoned other officers to take Rivera to the Kailua police station where the young boy was detained in handcuffs. The case highlighted the lack of policy in the Honolulu Police Department to prohibit officers from involving themselves in cases where they have a conflict of interest. A policy has since been recommended by the Honolulu Police Commission.

Policy changes
Compensation
$150,000.00
2014 - 2019

In 2014, Honolulu paid $1.4 million to the family of a man who was suffocated while in police custody, and agreed to a $550,000 settlement in 2019 to remedy misconduct committed by the police chief.

In 2014, Honolulu paid $1.4 million to the family of Aaron Torres, who was suffocated while in police custody. In March 2019, the Honolulu City Council agreed to pay $550,000 to a retired police lieutenant to resolve a 2009 lawsuit filed against the Honolulu Police Department regarding the conduct of Police Chief Susan Ballard, who improperly tampered with recruits’ test scores when she oversaw the department’s training division.

Compensation
$1,955,000.00