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Redesigned police badge honors legacy of law enforcement on Kauaʻi

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The Kauaʻi Police Department continues to celebrate its 80th anniversary, and officers are now sporting a redesigned commemorative badge in honor of the legacy of law enforcement on the Garden Isle.

In honor of its 80th anniversary, the Kaua‘i Police Department issued a redesigned police badge. (Courtesy of the Kaua‘i Police Department)

The unique special edition shield was minted in recognition of the dedication of the department’s staff and sworn officers throughout the past 80 years. The redesign pays homage to the original 1943 Kaua‘i County Sheriff badge.

This is the first time the department has issued an anniversary badge to employees and retirees. Officers who choose to purchase the commemorative badge can wear it throughout the anniversary year, which ends in August.

Officer Hiro Shimada says the anniversary badge is more than just a keepsake.


“I believe it’s important to remember our organization’s history and the men and women that have worked to keep Kaua‘i safe over the years. Officers have given a lot of themselves, both physically and emotionally, to protect our community,” said Shimada. “I like to have a physical reminder of the legacy they have passed on; I am proud to be a member of the Kaua‘i Police Department and continue that commitment.”

Although the Kauaʻi Police Department has been in operation for 80 years, law enforcement on the Garden Isle predates its establishment by a considerable period.

It was in 1851, that the Office of the Sheriff was established. That office was eliminated by Act 64 of the 1943 Session Laws of Hawaii, which also formed the Kaua`i Police Department. Edwin K. Crowell was appointed the first police chief on July 1, 1943. At that time, the department employed 15 officers and five deputies.


The department has evolved since its humble beginnings. Today, it employs 141 sworn officers and 55 civilian staff members to protect and serve Kauaʻi’s growing population of more than 73,000.

Police Chief Todd Raybuck says the department aims to start a new tradition by adopting commemorative badges to mark upcoming major anniversaries.

“I hope that you will feel a sense of pride when you see your anniversary badges and reflect on the remarkable impact you have had on our community,” announced Raybuck to department employees. “This badge is a reminder of the unwavering commitment and incredible sacrifices made by those who wear it to ensure that Kaua‘i remains a safe community for all.”


In addition to honoring the service of its sworn officers, the department recognizes the work of its civilian personnel — dispatchers, records employees, public safety workers and administrative staff.

If you want to become part of the Kauaʻi Police Department’s next 80 years of service, click here. Recruitment is ongoing, with various open positions such as police officer, emergency services dispatcher and criminalist.

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