Honolulu Cop


Honolulu Cop


by Gary A. Dias

paperback, 6" x 9"
256 pp

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Taking the reader for a wild ride, former HPD officer Gary Dias shares 39 true stories about the toughest, dirtiest, most satisfying job in town. With self-depreciating 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.


"His career wasn't unusual for the HPD and that's a GOOD thing, because it means that what you read here is an interesting story by an honest, ethical, hard-working member of a major police force... Dias is simply a great story teller... Honolulu Cop is just plain fun to read!"

- Hawaii Island Journal

"Gritty direct and heartfelt -- says so right on the rear cover -- pretty much sums up this thoughtful biography/meditation by former homicide chief Dias. Dias has a knack for writing in casual vernacular that's the equivalent of being told an entertaining story by a buddy or favorite teacher."

- Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"Sometimes it's funny. Sometimes it's frightening. It's never ever dull."

- UH Newsletter Online

"An inherently fascinating and candid assessment of the law's strengths and weaknesses, and the characters found among the good and the bad, Honolulu Cop provides the reader with a refreshingly open, no-holds-barred, highly recommended account, which is absorbing reading and offers a real world glimpse of how policing and careers in law enforcement have evolved since the 1970s."

- Wisconsin Bookwatch


Gary A. Dias served with the Honolulu Police Department from 1971 until 1998, and wrote about his experiences in Honolulu Cop and Honolulu Homicide. He is currently manager of security at The Queens Medical Center in Honolulu.