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Hawai‘i Police Department Seeks Officer Recruits

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Interested in pursuing law enforcement as a career? Looking for a way to help keep the Big Island safe? The Hawai‘i Police Department is looking for those kinds of people.

HPD is seeking qualified people interested in entry-level police officer positions. The recruitment period opened Feb. 20 and continues through March 1, according to a community message from the police department.

Interested applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to carry and/or possess firearms or ammunition in accordance with state and federal laws.
  • Not have any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence convictions.
  • Meet the health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Be a high school graduate or obtained a GED.
  • Have 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 by the time of graduation from the Police Academy.

Applicants must apply using the Hawaiʻi County job opportunities web page and create an account.


Starting salary for a police officer is $65,652 a year, with benefits including paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, military leave, health insurance, group life insurance, a uniform and equipment stipend, automobile subsidy and retirement.

For more information, visit the Hawaiʻi Police Department police officer recruitment web page. Hawaiʻi County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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