Recently retired chief of police Boisse Correa has started a new chapter in his life after dutifully serving the community for the last 39 years. Two weeks ago he officially resigned from the Honolulu Police Department and says his final days on the job were filled with nostalgia and fond memories.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding people, including leaders in law enforcement, business and the community,” says Correa, who served as chief of police for the past five years. “I’ve worked in nearly every element in the department, including every patrol district, narcotics/vice, criminal investigations, training, internal affairs, human resources, community relations and juvenile services.” He also served as chief of police in Micronesia for two years in the late 1970s.
Correa appeared on the cover of MidWeek in November 2004 shortly after becoming HPD’s ninth police chief. Since then he’s worked diligently at keeping our community safe.
“Crime is at its lowest level in 25 years, complaints to the Police Commission are the lowest on record, police vacancies fell to zero, and the department gained national recognition for its programs and policies,” Correa proudly states, adding, “I’ve had the privilege of leading the men and women of the finest U.S. police department and being part of the best community in the country.”
During his career, Correa met the likes of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton as well as the emperor of Japan, among other dignitaries and celebrities. He remembers receiving a phone call from then-President George W. Bush, who was aboard Air Force One at the time.
“Meeting Michael Jackson when he was staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village was memorable. It was in the mid-1990s - Jackson saw the HPD uniform and took a liking to it. He offered to trade his glove and the ‘uniform’ that he wore on stage for my HPD uniform. I made the mistake of saying no,” he recalls.
“But now I will miss being a police officer and wearing the HPD uniform. I will especially miss the many friendships I have made in the department and beyond.”
Correa’s immediate plans are to spend time with his family and friends, especially his 95-year-old father, and is looking forward to attending a family reunion on Molokai later this month. Although retired, he is certain that his future will include public service in some way, shape or form.
“The first morning after I retired, my friends from HPD called me up at 5 a.m. to make sure that I didn’t have a chance to sleep in! It has been nice having a chance to ‘talk story’ with the old-timers, all of whom have served our community with integrity, respect and honor,” Correa says. “I would like to thank everyone for their friendship and support of the department and my administration.”
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