County of Hawai‘i Recruiting Police Officers

May 23, 2018, 3:50 PM HST
* Updated May 24, 10:07 AM
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The Hawaiʻi County Department of Human Resources announces recruitment for Police Officer I (Recruit) is now open.

The closing date for this position is Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 11:59 p.m HST.

For further information and to complete an application:

  • Visit the Hawaiʻi County Job Opportunities page and create an account.
  • Fill out a Job Interest Card for a Police Officer.

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age by closing deadline.
  • Be a U.S. citizen (either born or naturalized), national or permanent resident alien of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.
  • Have a valid driver’s license from Hawaiʻi or comparable license from another state.
  • Have a combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from high school.
  • Be qualified to carry and possess any firearm or ammunition in accordance with state and federal laws. Persons convicted of domestic violence, whether convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, will not be considered for a position because federal law prohibits them from carrying firearms.

An applicant must have:

  • Good eyesight. Candidates for employment must have 20/20 binocular vision with or without correction. Those who wear soft contact lenses must have at least 20/200 vision before correction, corrected to to 20/20, and those wearing hard contact lenses or glasses must have 20/40 binocular vision before correction to 20/20.
  • Good physical condition and agility according to standards set by the county’s Pre-Entry Medical Examination Guide.



The starting salary for police officer I is $5,143 a month. Officers receive night differential pay and time and a half for holiday work and overtime.

Fringe benefits include:

  • Holidays — 13 paid days a year, plus all election days except the primary election.
  • Vacation — 21 working days a year. The unused portion may be accumulated up to 90 days.
  • Sick leave — 21 working days a year. The unused portion may also be accumulated toward retirement.
  • Military leave — full pay for up to 15 working days a year for active duty or annual training.
  • Funeral leave — three working days with pay for death of qualified family member.
  • Accidental injury leave — upon choice of plan, full pay up to 120 working days for each work-related injury.
  • Health insurance — self or family medical, drug, vision and adult dental insurance partly subsidized by the County of Hawaiʻi.
  • Life insurance — fully subsidized group life insurance for $26,000. Coverage varies with the age of the employee.
  • Uniforms and equipment — furnished by the Hawaiʻi Police Department.
  • Automobile subsidy — monthly allowance for private automobiles in police use, plus fuel and oil and tax-exempt motor vehicle registration if position requires the use of a vehicle.
  • Retirement — eligible for retirement with 25 years of police service in Hawaiʻi.

For more information on how to apply, go to the County of Hawaiʻi Job Opportunities web page.

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