Paul K. Ferreira was appointed Police Chief for the Hawai‘i Police Department in December of 2016 after serving eight years as the Deputy Police Chief. He graduated from Hilo High School and was a Law Enforcement Specialist with the U.S. Air Force from 1977 through 1981.
Chief Ferreira started his law enforcement career with the Hawai’i Police Department in 1982. He was assigned to the Puna District as a Police Officer until his promotion to Detective/Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division in 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and transferred to the Administrative Services Section where he was in charge of the departmental training program for sworn and civilian personnel.
In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Police Captain and was responsible for management of the Human Resources Section until being promoted to Police Major in 2004 and assigned to the Administrative Services Division, dealing with budgetary, personnel and equipment requirements and Capital Improvement Projects. He later was promoted to Assistant Police Chief in 2007 to head the Administrative Bureau, being responsible for the overall operations of the Administrative and Technical Services Divisions, until his appointment to Deputy Police Chief.
From 2004 to 2012, Chief Ferreira was a Governor-appointed member of the State of Hawai‘i Wireless Enhanced 911 Board and served as the Chairperson from 2010 to 2012. He still participates on several committees on the Enhanced 911 Board as a department representative. Since 2012, Chief Ferreira sits on the Hospice of Hilo Board of Directors.
The Hawai‘i Police Department is the Big Island’s primary law enforcement agency. The department provides 24-hour service in all districts.
The Hawai’i County Police Department provides police services for the island of Hawai’i. According to the 2010 Census, he department covers 4,028.02 square miles of varied terrain with 185,079 residents and thousands of visitors.