HPD shifts top brass
Through promotions andBy Rod Ohira
transfers, the department will
have 12 new commanders
Chief Lee Donohue today named his two deputies and announced 12 new command changes for the Honolulu Police Department.
William Clark, who served as one of former chief Michael Nakamura's deputies, was reappointed to the position by Donohue. Clark, a finalist for the police chief's job, will be responsible for administrative operations.
Michael Carvalho, meanwhile, will be the new deputy chief in charge of field operations.
Robert Au, who previously commanded the Criminal Investigation Division, has been promoted to assistant chief and will succeed Carvalho as head of the department's investigative bureau.
"They both have the experience and professionalism needed to help me guide this department," Donohue said of his two deputies. "I like teamwork and these are people who balance me."
Through promotions and transfers, the department will have 12 new commanders.
Susan Dowsett, a Radford High graduate, has been promoted to major and will become the first woman commander of the Narcotics/Vice Division. Dowsett previously headed HPD's Scientific Investigation Section, now under Capt. Paul Putzulu.
Other new majors are Kenneth Barker (Specialized Services Division), Michael Brede Sr. (Pearl City patrol district), Forrest Broome (training academy) and Marc Greenwell (central receiving).
Maj. John Kerr, who was also a finalist for police chief, is moving from Specialized Services to command the Waikiki patrol district.
Maj. Dennis Eng will be the new commander of the Criminal Investigation Division while Maj. Boisse Correa succeeds Eng as head of the Human Resources Division.
Maj. Henry Robinson, the former Waikiki commander, will replace Correa as head of the East Honolulu district. Maj. William Gulledge has been transferred from the training academy and will command the Wahiawa patrol district, succeeding retiring William "Bull" Bennett. The Traffic Division's new commander is Maj. Rafael Fajardo, who was previously assigned to central receiving.
In addition to Bennett, other majors who retired are Michael Martines (Pearl City), Kenneth Tano (Narcotics/Vice) and Gary Dias (Traffic).
Donohue said the moves are the result of promotions and not a shake-up. "A lot of these promotions are long overdue," Donohue said. "It's also something we have to do to move the department on and keep it in line with the goals and objectives we have set.
"I think with these promotions, we're going to see a lot more accountability. Only by marrying an ethical behavior and values can we expect the strategical plan that we're putting together to work."
Donohue defined accountability as being able to manage given financial and manpower resources. "We're asking them to look within and work with what you have," he said. "This is where you come out with problem-solving and innovations."
Donohue, who attended the Major Cities Chief's Convention in Idaho last week, said Honolulu is the nation's first major city to implement a financial planning course for its officers. Los Angeles and Cleveland are now studying the Honolulu plan, he added.
The course, implemented into police recruit training in February, is part of the new approach the department is taking toward fiscal responsibility.
"We've taught our officers well how to survive on the streets but not financially," Donohue said. "Where you don't have financial discipline, you are going to find corruption.