Wednesday, July 29, 2020

CPD Career Stories Series - Mark "The Flyin' Hawaiin" Acana

CPD Officer Mark "The Flyin' Hawaiin" Acana - CPD Photo

On May 14th, 2020, at 12:00PM, the Chicago Police Department and the residents of the city saw the retirement of a storied Explosives K9 Detection Officer named Mark Acana.

Mark was known among his fellow coppers as "The Flyin' Hawaiin" along with his K9 partner, Daisy.

Mark retired from the CPD Transit Security Unit (Unit 704) and was assigned Beat 7332. You can hear his retirement radio call here.

Mark was assigned CPD Star# 4355, and started his career in the 025th District on 02 April 1992, while Phillip J. Cline was the Chief of Detectives at Area 5 just upstairs at the 025th District station.

Mark Acana ended his time at 025 on 03 December 2008, starting a new district assignment in his same Explosives K9 Officer position in what used to be the 023rd District and later became 019.

On 10 December 2009, Mark Acana was detailed to CPD Unit 704, the Transit Security Unit. Mark was often heard on OEMC Citywide 1 during this assignment. His TSU assignment was to last until 15 June 2011, but he became a permanent part of that unit until 14 May 2020.

The Department marked his effective retirement date as 15 July 2020.