Our Mission

[fade]The mission of the Hawthorne Police Department is to provide a safe and secure community for its citizens while at the same time promoting a high degree of professionalism and respect for human dignity.[/fade]


Our Vision 

[fade]To be a strong and effective organization through open communication, teamwork, mutual respect, and a partnership with the community, willing to pioneer innovative approaches to law enforcement.[/fade]

HPD in front of the US Capitol, Wash DC, May 2012

HPD in front of the US Capitol, Wash DC, May 2012


A progressively modern police agency with a renowned family-feel. Founded in 1922 and located in the heart of Los Angeles County, the Hawthorne Police Department provides services and innovations that set us apart from all. Coffee with a CopRide to Live, Tactical First Aid, and 'Scottie' are current examples of how HPD continues to push staff-driven ideas into programs that set the bar in innovative approaches to community policing.

With nearly 100 officers and 60 support staff serving an ever growing community of over 95,000 (home of the Beach Boys, Northrop Corporation, and more recently SpaceX and Tesla Motors Design), the department maintains its technical edge by being the only department in the South Bay with its own Helicopter, Tactical Medicine ProgramArmored Rescue Vehicle, and state of the art Police Facility.   


Photo by Erick Chavez

Photo by Erick Chavez

Chief Michael Ishii was appointed as the Hawthorne Interim Police Chief in October 2018, succeeding Chief Robert Fager, who served as the Police Chief from 2010 to 2018. He was selected as the Chief of Police in January 2019.

With a complement of over 160 employees, Chief Ishii oversees a department that prides itself on implementing innovative ways to providing public safety services along with continuing to evolve and meet the challenges of present day law enforcement.

Chief Ishii has been with the Hawthorne Police Department since 1990, first as a Reserve Officer and as a full-time officer in 1992. His experience encompasses an array of assignments including Motor Officer, Field Training Officer, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Public Information Officer, Patrol Bureau Watch Commander, and Detective Bureau Commander. He was promoted to Captain in 2010 and has overseen both the Administration and Operations Divisions along with the City’s Information Technology Services Bureau.

During his assignment as the Administrative and Operations Captain, Chief Ishii helped transform the department into a community policing driven culture. He led teams that implemented nationally recognized social media programs, innovative community policing programs, and created the Safe Parks Initiative where security cameras and free WiFi were installed in all of the major parks in Hawthorne.

In 2011, Chief Ishii was part of the Hawthorne PD team that helped create the national “Coffee with a Cop” program which has gone on to become one of the most successful community policing programs with events held in all 50 States, 16 countries, and in four languages. He also developed the National Coffee with a Cop website and currently oversees the National Coffee with a Cop Day (held annually across the country on the 1st Wednesday of October). As a co-founder of the program, Chief Ishii has developed an expertise in branding, marketing, and what it takes to be a global brand manager for the Coffee with a Cop Nonprofit Corporation.

Chief Ishii holds an MS Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills in Negotiations/Conflict Management and a BA Degree from California State University Long Beach in Communication Studies - Interpersonal and Organizational Communication.

Chief Ishii was born in Japan and grew up on a US military base near Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese.

He is a member of the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association [LACPCA], and holds membership within the International (IACP), California (CPCA) Police Chief’s Association, and the National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders (NAAALEC).