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Police History
Maui Police Department
The County Act of 1905 established the five districts for Maui County: Lahaina and Lana'i, Wailuku and Kaho'olawe, Hana, Makawao, and Moloka'i. A Sheriff was elected for the County and each district elected a deputy sheriff. On June 20, 1905, William Saffrey was elected Sheriff of Maui County. At that time, the Sheriff's annual salary was $1,800.

The Sheriff's position was abolished in 1939 and a Police Commission was established and given the power to appoint a Chief of Police. In 1939, the Governor appointed the Police Commission, and Maui County Police Department was created. The first Chief of Police was George Larsen, Jr.

In 1940, there were 76 employees, $134,474 in total expenditures, a county population of 55,785 and per capita cost to the citizens of $2.42.

In 1970, the original police badge design was changed from the star circle shape to the eagle design. The patrol uniforms were changed from the original dark green material to the light blue shirts and dark blue trousers. There were 154 employees, $1,891,115 in total expenditures, a county population of 46,156 and the per capita cost to the citizens of $40.06.

In 1980, the patrol uniform were changed to the dark blue shirts and trousers. There were 227 employees, $5,385,927 in total expenditures, a county population of 71,191 and the per capita cost to the citizens of $75.47.

In 1987, the department moved from its' old location of 250 High Street in Wailuku, to the current location of 55 Mahalani Street in Wailuku. The station was named Hale Maka'i.

In 2000, there were 403 employees, $24,227,019 in total expenditures, a county population of 128,094 and the per capita cost to the citizens of $189. The average age for police officers was 37.02 years and the average number of years of service was 10.61 years.


Past Chief's of Police
  • 1939 -  George Larsen Jr.
  • 1968 - Edward Hitchcock
  • 1976 - John San Diego
  • 1988 - Howard Tagomori

  • 1943 - Jean Lane
  • 1969 - Abraham Aiona
  • 1981 - Joseph Cravalho



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