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Retired Police Chief Douglas Gibb remembered as visionary

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Retired Honolulu Police Chief Doug­las Gibb was remembered tonight as a strong leader, a visionary and maverick, but also as a good friend and family man.

He was known for enhancing interagency cooperation and being attentive to the needs of his officers and the community.

As a captain, Gibb was instrumental in Operation Huki­lau, which set up fake storefronts where undercover officers bought stolen goods, leading to the prosecution of 500 burglary, theft and robbery cases.

Mayor Peter Carlisle called Gibb a “maverick, someone who takes an independent streak,” citing Operatio Huki­lau as an example.

“He changed the lives of many people,” Carlisle said. “But for him I would not have become the mayor of Hono­lulu,” adding that Gibb volunteered to be his campaign manager in his run for city prosecutor.

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