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State seeks applicants for sheriff division


    A graduation and commissioning ceremony was held for 30 new Deputy Sheriffs at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Dec. 2014. The Department of Public Safety is again seeking applicants for the state sheriff division.

The Department of Public Safety is again seeking applicants for the state sheriff division.

Recruitment is now open on the Department of Human Resources and Development website. The recruitment period ends on June 17.

To qualify, the applicant must be a high school graduate; be able to demonstrate knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation; have the ability to read and comprehend complex written material; write a clear, factual report; and have at least two years of work experience that demonstrates these abilities.

After the initial recruitment, chosen applicants will be tested on physical fitness (pushups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run) and have to complete a written test to gauge their reading, writing and comprehension skills. They will also take a pre-employment law enforcement assessment. After successful completion of the physical ability test, written test and the pre-employment assessment, the applicant may be scheduled for an interview with the department.

Individuals who pass the testing and are selected from the recruitment will participate in a six-month law enforcement recruit class, which will consist of classroom and on-the-job training in the laws, rules, regulations, principles, practices, procedures and techniques of law enforcement; the operation of firearms and other equipment; as well as physical conditioning.

To apply: Go to Enter the words Sheriff in the search box.

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  • No wonder they got a 16% pay raise. They are recruiting to the same standards as the 4 county PDs. Pre-law enforcement assessment, drug testing, psychology review/interview, polygraph, and oral board.

  • Good luck in trying to compete with HPD which usually has higher starting pay and more opportunities for advancement and specialties……

    • Yup……and they going steal these guys later because…..they have met the same standards as the 4 counties. This is also how mainland PDs steal from Hawaii. Honolulu PD is considered a MERO-Police Department (like LA, Seattle), but paid at a lower standard. This opens the door for City Police Departments(smaller PDs) to recruit from here with same pay scale, benefits, and 20 year retirement(50% of high 3). Know lots of local cops who moved to Northwest, most retired now while their classmates here are still working in HPD. Son already looking at Northwest, as he approaches his 3 year mark in local PD. If no issues, will take him on a lateral because they have the same recruiting standards. They piggyback on local PD recruit standards, then up date his background check, police Detective to police Detective.

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