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Kealoha scores high marks from Police Commission

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:59 a.m. HST, Jan 10, 2013

The Honolulu Police Commission gave glowing marks to Police Chief Louis Kealoha in his third annual evaluation that was released Wednesday.

Kealoha’s evaluation scores have gone up in each year since his first review. He scored an overall average of 4.1 out of a possible 5.0 in the latest evaluation, what the commission described as “Exceeds Expectations.”

He scored a 3.8 last year, which the commission described as “Meets Expectations Plus,” and a 3.0 after his first 12 months, considered “Meets Expectations.”

“The commission has observed the chief develop into a confident and effective leader as his experience addressing the complexities of heading one of the 20 largest police departments in the nation increase,” commission Chairman Marc Tilker said in a release.

“The chief clearly remains enthusiastically dedicated and focused on enhancing the quality of life in our communities through creating the safest possible environment,” Tilker said.

The commission conducted its review over several meetings in recent months behind closed doors.

Kealoha’s five-year term began in November 2009.

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