Police Patrol: Riding With HPD In Downtown Honolulu Underscores Staffing Needs 0 The Honolulu Police Department has about 350 officer vacancies as the department prepares to onboard a new chief.

On a Sunday evening in Honolulu’s busiest police district, Officer Tyiler Montgomery left HPD headquarters on a shift that would be like none that came before it.

That’s one reason he was drawn to the job, the 24-year-old Montgomery says, along with the opportunity to make a difference in the community. No shifts are ever alike, no work day is ever the same, even though he works the same area every shift.

Montgomery is assigned to Beat 178 in District 1, spanning from Pumehana Street to Kaheka Street in the McCully-Moiliili neighborhood, and he’s developed what patrol officers call “beat pride” — including an effort to try to be the first officer to respond to any calls originating from his collection of blocks.

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