Honolulu police simplify dispatcher application process

Honolulu police simplify dispatcher application process

HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu Police Department wants to make it easier for people to become dispatchers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the department says it has streamlined its application process in hopes that more people will apply and be hired. The new process began May 15.

Supervising police dispatcher Melodey Lewellen says the application process used to involve so much waiting that an applicant pool of several hundred dwindled to just four new hires last year. She says the application process currently takes about six months but she believes it can be shortened to five months.

About 20 of the division's 160 positions are vacant, and it is expecting a significant increase in open positions because about a dozen employees will soon be eligible for retirement.

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