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State Sheriff Recruitment Opens Monday

May 1, 2015, 1:36 PM HST
* Updated May 1, 1:37 PM
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The Hawai’i State Sheriff Division is in search of individuals who are interested in joining the division.

According to the State of Hawai’i Department of Public Safety, beginning Monday, May 4 and lasting through Sunday, May 24, the State of Hawai’i Department of Human Resources and Development will open recruitment on its website.

Applicants willing to serve on every island are needed.

“This recruitment will help the department fill several positions,” said Sheriff Robin Nagamine. “We are looking for people who possess traits and characteristics like physical and mental fitness, alertness, tact, integrity, honesty, good judgement and the ability to deal effectively with the public.”

Those interested in applying must have graduated high school, be able to demonstrate knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, have the ability to read and comprehend complex written material, write clear, factual reports, and have two years of work experience that provide an example of the mentioned abilities.


Chosen applicants will be tested on physical fitness, thorugh pushups, situps, and a 1.5 mile run. In addition, applicants will be put through a written test to gauge their reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Potential candidates will then take a pre-employment law enforcement assessment. After successful completion of the physical ability test, written test, and pre-employment assessment, applicants will be scheduled for a department interview.


After passing the testing and the selection process, potential sheriffs will go through a five-month Sheriff Recruit Class. During the five-month program, individuals undergo classroom and on the job training in the laws, rules, regulations, principles, practices, procedures, and techniques of law enforcement. They will also learn the operation of firearms and other equipment, along with physical conditioning.

Big Island residents interested in learning more about becoming a sheriff can visit the State of Hawai’i Job Recruitment website.

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