Itʻs the toughest, dirtiest, most satisfying job in town, and in Honolulu Cop: Reflections on a Career with HPD, retired Major Gary A. Dias takes us with him as learns the ropes as a rookie and moves from assignment to assignment, encountering stupid crooks, resourceful prostitutes, deadly snipers, ornery dogs, and even a few ghosts. With self-deprecating humor and a judicious assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of those on both sides of the law, Dias provides an inside look at the evolution of law enforcement since the 1970s.
Comprising 39 true stories, Honolulu Cop offers readers a chance to experience the beat and learn “cop speak” from Gary Dias. Within the pages of Honolulu Cop, Dias takes us for a wild ride; he shares his captivating stories in a conversational tone, allowing us to feel as if we are riding alongside him to familiar locations in a “blue-and-white,” eager to arrive at the scene of the crime.
Surprisingly, some of the book’s most memorable moments are also some of the funniest. Find out how two on-patrol officers accidentally set the Kaneohe Police Station on fire by trying to destroy evidence they were unable to store in the station. This story, combined with others, contributes to an intriguing, funny, and compelling collection about what Dias describes as “the toughest, dirtiest, most satisfying job in town.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gary A. Dias served with he Honolulu Police Department from 1971 until 1998, retiring as a Major. During his career, he worked in almost every division of the Department, most notably in the Criminal Investigation Division as Lieutenant of the Homicide Detail and as head of the Hostage Negotiation Team. He is currently Manager of Security at The Queenʻs Medical Center.
“Gritty, direct, and heartfelt.”
—Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
“The public really needs to read this book.”
—Gary Helfand, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Public and Justice Administration, University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu
“Dias is a truly ethical man, an exceptional teacher and humorist.”
—Michele Fay Van Hessen, Honolulu News