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Honolulu Police Department looking for new officers

Julie Kusuda Julie Kusuda

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jobs may be hard to find these days, but if a career in law enforcement interests you, you're in luck. The Honolulu police department is hiring.

HPD is only taking online applications up until Friday. They were given the okay to fill an upcoming class, ranging from 25 to 75 recruits.

HPD's last class of graduates was in June. They were told to stop hiring then, but shortly after, more money became available. Right now, two classes are going through and yet another is about to take shape.

"We do always want to put in recruit classes to keep up with attrition and just so happen with this new fiscal year, we'll be able to hire a class," HPD Human Resources officer Julie Kusuda said.

With the normal retirees, a growing population and upcoming events like the Asia-Pacific Conference, HPD says it's only natural for them to hire more recruits.

"The more officers we can train now and get ready for the road, then we'll be better, ready and able to handle APEC," Kusuda said.

HPD has more than 2,500 employees, of which 2,100 are full-time sworn officers. It's the 21st largest department in the nation.

"We have just finished our last pool of applicants for this upcoming class, so now that we've finished that list of applicants, we need to actually get new applicants to come in that we can choose from," Kusuda said.

The new class for this fiscal year is scheduled to get going from July through the end of the year.

"This may not be a dream job for anybody, but it's worth a try, the benefits to me outweigh the sacrifices that you have to give," Kusuda said.

The salary for new recruits is roughly $4,000 a month. As of Monday afternoon, HPD says nearly 700 people have applied. They expect hundreds and even thousands more to apply.

Go to http://www.honolulupd.org/hrd/index.htm for more info.

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