Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

November 11, 2006
Print Comment RSS

Washington sniper-probe police chief is now a Honolulu police rookie

The Associated Press

HONOLULU- The former Maryland police chief who headed the Washington-area sniper manhunt three years ago graduated as one of 40 new Honolulu police recruits.

Charles Moose, 53, will hit the streets for patrol duty Monday morning alongside a police veteran. He graduated from the academy on Thursday.

"It's been a long time since I've worked the street ... but it's exactly what I want to do over the next several years," he said.

Moose led the task force that investigated the three-week shooting spree that left 10 people dead and terrorized the Washington area in 2002. John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were arrested. Muhammad was sentenced to death; Malvo was ordered to serve life in prison.

Moose resigned as Montgomery County police chief in 2003 amid criticism that he was improperly cashing in by writing a book about the sniper case. He now lives in West Oahu.

Everyone entering the Honolulu department must start as a recruit.

"The physical part was very challenging, but I actually got better," Moose said. "It got an old guy into shape.

Moose was one of the most experienced and highly educated members of his class. He holds a bachelor's degree in U.S. history, a master's in public administration and a doctorate in urban studies and criminology, and also graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Fellow recruit Kawika Hosea, 26, said Moose "had a lot of insights and gave a lot of words of encouragement in the down moments."

PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample