Hawaii Police Department seeks applicants

The Hawaii Police Department is seeking a few good men and women as part of its upcoming recruitment for entry-level police officers.

Recruitment will open on Sunday and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 19.

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Starting salary for Police Officer I positions is $65,652 a year with benefits including paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, military leave, health insurance, group life insurance, a uniform and equipment stipend, automobile subsidy, and retirement.

Interested applicants must meet the following requirements:

• Graduated from high school or obtained a GED;

• Knowledge of grammar, spelling and word usage;

• Possession of a valid driver’s license;

• Be at least 20 years of age at the time of filing, and at least 21 years of age by the time of graduation from the Police Academy;

• Be qualified to carry and/or possess firearms or ammunition in accordance with state and federal laws;

• Must not have any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence convictions.

Applicants must also meet the health and physical condition standards deemed necessary to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations, such as: have a correct ratio of weight to height; possess good eyesight and good physical condition and agility, according to county standards.

Submitting an application is the first of several steps to becoming an officer with the Hawaii Police Department. Applicants that meet the initial minimum requirements must then pass a written test, physical agility test, stringent background check, polygraph examination, psychological test, formal interview, medical clearance and drug screening.

Upon hiring, recruits will undertake six months of academy training, five days a week. After successful completion of academy training, new recruits will transition from an academic setting to four months of field training where they are paired with an experienced officer and gain hands-on experience.

“Being a police officer with the Hawaii Police Department is not just another profession, it’s a calling,” HPD Training Sgt. Ryan Pagan said. “If you have the courage to pursue this calling, we strongly encourage you to apply.”

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Applicants must apply using the county’s Job Opportunities web page and create an account.

For more information, visit the Hawaii Police Department’s Police Officer Recruitment page at www.hawaiipolice.com.

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