HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was graduation day at the Hawaii Okinawa Center as seventeen new Deputies were added to the Sheriff Division.
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye was among those who attended the graduation of the 2012 Sheriff Recruit Class
"For more than 150 years, Hawaii Sheriffs have bravely protected our way of life. Their dedication to duty and willingness to sacrifice to maintain the safe and stable communities we enjoy is to be commended," stated U.S. Senator Inouye. "Since assuming the role of President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, I have been fortunate to benefit from their experience and expertise each time I come home to Hawaii. It is an honor to participate in this important ceremony."
Hawaii State Senator Will Espero emphasized the need for more applicants to the Sheriff Division
"I look forward to working with our Sheriff's Division to provide more training and education," said Senator Will Espero. "These new recruits must have the skills and know-how to be the best law enforcement agency in the state."
The new Deputies were presented with graduation certificates, followed by the Oath of Office and badge presentation. The 17 will be sent out to work in various positions statewide. Thirteen will be assigned to Oahu, three to Hawaii County, and one on Kauai County.
The recruits were trained in nearly 1,000 hours of academic instruction in laws and procedures, constant testing, training in physical fitness, and police tactics.