Maui police looks to fill nearly 30 civilian jobs

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The Maui Police Department says it needs to fill more than two dozen civilian positions.

Police officials say it's the largest vacancy the department has seen in about six years.

The Maui News reports that of the 29 civilian vacancies, 15 are for radio dispatchers.

MPD Business Administrator Greg Takahashi says it's difficult to find and retain dispatchers. The job requires six months of training.

Takahashi told the Maui Police Commission Wednesday the department has lost nearly 6 percent of its employees recently because of retirement and other circumstances.

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