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Maui Police Department is Re-Accredited for Sixth Time

August 11, 2014, 3:19 PM HST
* Updated August 11, 3:20 PM
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Maui Police Department accreditation. Courtesy photo.

Maui Police Department accreditation. Courtesy photo.

By Maui Now Staff

The Maui Police Department today announced it has been re-accredited for another three years.

This is the sixth time the department has successfully renewed its accreditation, and is the result of an on-site review held earlier this year in April.

This voluntary process undertaken by the Maui Police Department for the past 21 years means that the department’s policies and procedures met professional standards established by the commission for law enforcement agencies worldwide.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies confirmed the re-accreditation with “meritorious distinction” at a conference held July 23 to 26, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Maui police say assessors from CALEA found the department in compliance with all standards and agency directives and “found the agency to be professionally managed, highly motivated, well trained, and committed to excellence.”

Maui Police Department accreditation. Courtesy photo.

Maui Police Department accreditation. Courtesy photo.

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The Maui Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the State of Hawaiʻi to be accredited in 1996.

Since that time the Honolulu Police Department and the Hawaiʻi County Police Department have also been accredited by CALEA.

During the April assessment, representatives from the Hawaiʻi County Police Department and Kauaʻi Police Department visited Maui as they work on their own accreditation.

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The Hawaiʻi County PD is in their first re-accreditation stage, and the Kauaʻi PD is in their initial accreditation process.

Among those from Maui who attended the CALEA conference in July were: Chief Gary Yabuta (who has since retired), Deputy Chief Clayton Tom (who is serving as acting chief), Assistant Chief Dean Rickard, Lieutenant Jeraul S. Pladera, Sergeant Kyle S. Nagano and Sergeant Harry Matsuura.

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