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8-17-22 Police Officer Recruitment Open August 21-30

Hawaii Police Department
Chief’s Office
Chief Paul K. Ferreira
Phone: (808) 961-2244

Press release

The Hawai’i Police Department (HPD) is seeking qualified individuals interested in serving our island community of Hawai’i for its upcoming entry-level police officer recruitment. Recruitment will open on Sunday, August 21, 2022 and close at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

The starting salary for Police Officer I positions is $65,652 per year with benefits such as paid vacation, vacation, sick leave, military leave, health insurance, insurance -group life, an allowance for uniforms and equipment, a subsidy for the automobile and retirement. Interested candidates must meet the following conditions:

  • Graduated from high school or earned a GED.
  • Knowledge of grammar, spelling and word usage.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Be at least 20 years old at the time of filing and at least 21 years old at 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.
  • Meet the health and fitness standards deemed necessary and appropriate to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations, such as having the correct weight-for-height ratio; possess good eyesight and good physical condition and agility according to the standards established by the County of Hawai’i.

Submitting an application is the first of several steps to becoming a Hawaii Police Department officer. The department prides itself on its rigorous selection and training program that produces highly qualified officers. Applicants who meet the initial minimum requirements must then pass a written test, physical agility test, rigorous background check, polygraph examination, psychological test, formal interview, medical clearance, and drug screening.

When hired, they will then undergo six months of academic training five days a week. After successfully completing the academy training, new recruits will progress from an academic setting to four months of field training where they will be paired with an experienced officer and gain practical experience, forming the foundation of their career.

“Being a police officer isn’t just a job, it’s not just wearing a badge, it’s who I am.” said HPD Sergeant Jason Grouns. “Most of us in this profession have answered a call. If you feel you’re up for the challenge and have what it takes to work in a fast-paced environment, I strongly encourage you to apply,” says the 23-year-old veteran.

Applicants should apply using the Hawaii County Job Opportunities webpage and create an account.

For more information, visit the Hawaii Police Department’s Police Recruitment page at Hawaii County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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