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An update on past news

Former deputy police chief
is active on neighborhood board

Question: What ever happened to Harold Falk, who served as Honolulu deputy police chief and Oahu prison chief?


Answer: The former law enforcement veteran is a longtime Kailua resident and has served on the neighborhood board for 12 years.

"It keeps me as busy as I want to be," said Falk, who became involved with the board after he retired in 1991.

"I also try to get in some golf."

Falk, 78, said he is involved in all issues brought before the board but specializes in police and crime issues. He was chairman of a committee addressing the problem of increasing crime in Kailua.

"Kailua is suffering from a tremendous increase in crime, and there are not enough police resources to handle it," he said.

Falk retired in 1983 as deputy chief from the Honolulu Police Department after 37 years on the force. Three years later, the state hired him to oversee Hawaii prisons, which at the time fell under the state Department of Social Services and Housing.

In 1987 the state Legislature created a separate Department of Corrections, and Falk was appointed the department's first director. Three years later, the Legislature added sheriffs, the security force, harbor patrol and narcotics officers to create a new state Department of Public Safety.

Falk was appointed deputy director of the department in charge of law enforcement. He retired in 1991.

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