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DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

KA’OIHANA HO’OKŌ KĀNĀWAI



The Department of Law Enforcement is the centralization of state law enforcement functions in Hawaii with the goal of enhancing public safety. This involves enforcing the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and investigating violations of relevant statutes and rules. The department oversees various administrative aspects, including program planning, budgeting, accounting, procurement, and human resources, adhering to applicable laws and regulations.

As the primary law enforcement entity, the department aims to preserve public peace, prevent crime, and protect individuals and property. It administers statewide programs to ensure public safety, safeguard state property, and enforce laws. Additionally, the department conducts criminal investigations involving its own employees or against its property.

A significant focus is placed on the development, coordination, and implementation of a comprehensive Homeland Security program for the state. This involves collaboration with federal, state, county, and private sector stakeholders to address security concerns and ensure the safety of the state of Hawaii.

Mission

To stand for safety with respect for all by engaging in just, transparent, unbiased and responsive Law Enforcement, to do so we the spirit of Aloha and dignity and in collaboration with the community; and maintain and build trust and respect as the guardian of constitutional and human rights.

Department Goals

To protect the individual and property from injury and loss caused by criminal actions by providing and coordinating services, facilities, and legislation to preserve the peace; enforce specific laws, rules, and regulations to prevent and control crime; prevent and deter crimes; and serve the legal process.

Core Values

RESPECT: Treating everyone with Aloha, honoring the rights of all individuals

INTEGRITY: As a law enforcement agency of character and principle we are guided by a moral compass in all of our decisions

COLLABORATION: Build strong partnerships with the community and first response agencies for addressing community-wide challenges that impact community welfare

DIVERSITY: We embrace the strength of diversity in our employees and our communities.

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DEPUTY SHERIFFS

Deputy Sheriffs are the core law enforcement staff of the Sheriff Division.

  • State Sheriff: the head of the Sheriff Division. They are exempt from civil service and serve at the pleasure of the Director.
  • First Deputy Sheriff: the second-in-command of the Sheriff Division, they assist the Sheriff with management of the division and all of its activities.
  • Deputy Sheriff V: a branch Captain, responsible for all operations, activities, and administrative matters of their branch.
  • Deputy Sheriff IV(Lieutenant): the second level full supervisor who manages a major law enforcement function with multiple subordinate supervisors.
  • Deputy Sheriff III(Sergeant): the first level supervisor who is engaged in field supervision of their assigned work shift.
  • Deputy Sheriff II: the regular working level.
  • Deputy Sheriff I: a trainee level, deputies of this rank are still enrolled in training in a law enforcement academy.

INVESTIGATORS

Investigators have the powers and privileges of police officers with statewide jurisdiction to effect arrest and conduct investigations.

  • Investigator VI(Detective Lieutenant): the full management level, responsible for all operations, activities, and administrative matters of their major organizational component.
  • Investigator V(Detective Sergeant): an expert working level who, depending on assignment, may also have supervisory responsibilities. This rank is divided into two distinct types:
    • Type A: a supervisor who has full responsibility of a specific investigative program (e.g. welfare fraud) and has at least one subordinate of the Investigator IV level (type A or C).
    • Type B: an investigator who conducts complex investigations falling within a variety of jurisdictions and program areas, and where facts and evidence are not generally easily found.
  • Investigator IV: an advanced working level who, depending on assignment, may also have supervisory responsibilities. This rank is divided into three distinct types:
    • Type A: an investigator who conducts complex investigations, but which are related to only one program area (e.g. welfare fraud).
    • Type B: one or two investigators who have full responsibility of a small investigative program.
    • Type C: a supervisor who supervises, and conducts, investigations of violations which are expected to involve only a few or no controversial issues, and where facts and evidence are easily found through official records.
  • Investigator III: the first regular working level, they conduct investigations of violations which are expected to involve only a few or no controversial issues, and where facts and evidence are easily found through official records.
  • Investigator II: advanced trainee level, they work with higher level investigators on cases which are limited in nature and scope.
  • Investigator I: first trainee level, they mainly observe higher level investigators while learning applicable laws, regulations, and processes relating to their duties.

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PROGRAMS

The Department of Law Enforcement (DLE) plays a crucial role in promoting public safety and addressing various law enforcement challenges. While specific programs may vary by jurisdiction, the DLE typically engages in initiatives aimed at crime prevention, community outreach, and the enhancement of overall law enforcement effectiveness.

OʻAHU COMMUNITY GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM OFFERS GIFT CARDS FOR GUNS

In a pioneering move to enhance community safety and combat gun violence, the Department of Law Enforcement (DLE) and Department of Public Safety (PSD), in collaboration with key government agencies, recently spearheaded the state’s inaugural Oʻahu Gun Buyback Program. The event, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., aimed to encourage residents to voluntarily surrender unwanted firearms in exchange for gift cards, with no questions asked and no identification required.

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TASK FORCE SUCCESSFULLY SEIZES OVER 187,000 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

The Department of Law Enforcement (DLE) has announced yet another significant achievement in its ongoing efforts to combat the illegal fireworks trade. The Illegal Fireworks Task Force, comprised of state and federal agencies, has successfully intercepted and seized a total of 187,000 pounds of illegal fireworks in all separate operations as of today.

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