State Sheriff Division Seeks Recruits

February 9, 2022, 6:26 PM HST
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Are you interested in law enforcement? If so, the state Department of Public Safety has an opportunity right up your alley.

DPS announced in a news release that it is looking for qualified men and women to join the State Sheriff Division.

Recruitment is now open on the state Department of Human Resources and Development website.

Public Safety is seeking applicants willing to serve on every island.

“We are looking to fill multiple positions across the state,” said State Sheriff William “Billy” Oku. “Most people think the sheriffs are only on O‘ahu, but the Sheriff Division is a statewide law enforcement agency with a proud, 176-year legacy of providing law enforcement services to the kingdom, territory and later, the state of Hawai‘i. Our recruitment goal is to find professional, hard-working folks who want to build a lasting career as part of our Sheriff Division ‘ohana.”


To qualify, an applicant must be a high school graduate; 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, among other things.


After the initial recruitment, chosen applicants will be tested on physical fitness and must 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 can be scheduled for an interview with the department.

Individuals who pass the testing and are selected 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.


The recruitment period closes Monday, Feb. 28.

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