Hawaii Island Information Update for January 22nd, 2021
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Hawaii Police Department (HPD) announces Police Officer I - Recruitment opens in early February 2021.
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team
Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244
The Hawai‘i Police Department is looking for qualified people interested in serving our Hawai‘i Island communities as part of its upcoming recruitment for entry-level police officers. Recruitment will open on Sunday, February 7, 2021, and will close on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time.
Starting salary for Police Officer I positions is $65,652 a year with benefits including holidays, vacation, sick leave, military leave, health insurance, group life insurance, uniforms and equipment stipend, automobile subsidy, and retirement. Interested applicants must meet the following requirements:
Graduated from high school or obtained a GED.
Knowledge of grammar, spelling, and word usage.
Possess a valid driver’s license.
Be at least 20 years of age at the time of filing, and at least 21 years of age by the time of graduation from the Police Academy.
Be qualified to carry and/or possess firearms or ammunition in accordance with state and federal laws.
Have no 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, such as have a correct ratio of weight to height; possess good eyesight and good physical condition and agility according to standards set by the County of Hawai‘i.
Applicants must apply using the County of Hawai‘i Job Opportunities web page and create an account.
For more information, visit the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Police Officer Recruitment page at www.hawaiipolice.com. Hawaiʻi County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
HPD Police Officer - I (Recruit) Job Description and Benefits (Full Details from County of Hawaii - HR Website):
Performs a variety of law enforcement, crime prevention, investigative, or other specialized duties as a trainee police officer; attends police classes and receives intensive training in the principles, practices, procedures, and techniques of police work; and performs other related duties as required.
Examples of Duties
Attends classes and receives instruction and training in various phases of police work and in a wide range of subject matter areas.
Receives on-the-job training by accompanying experienced police officers on foot and motor patrols.
Performs a variety of law enforcement duties under the supervision of a senior officer such as walking a beat, controlling traffic, enforcing traffic laws, assisting in traffic and criminal investigations, and similar activities.
Makes arrests and assists in interviewing witnesses, victims, and suspects, or other suspicious characters.
Assists in safeguarding persons and property.
Renders first aid as required.
Serves warrants, subpoenas, and penal summonses.
Assists in transporting prisoners.
Prepares and assists in preparing reports of activities.
May testify in court.
Familiarizes self with general and special orders, administrative notices, police bulletins, and other materials.
Qualifies with small sidearms.
May act in an undercover capacity.
Receives handcuffed prisoners, conducts skin searches, inventories property, and maintains physical control of prisoners.
Completes booking, disposition of the arrest, and court action forms; posts and maintains logs and files.
Fingerprints, photographs, examines, and completes intake forms for prisoners.
Obtains, serves, and prepares food for in-custody prisoners or detainees.
Monitors detainees' movements by video surveillance or direct observations including immediate supervision for personality disorders.
Operates the electronic door accesses; handles walk-in complaints.
Interrogates and interviews suspects and witnesses involved.
Counsels juvenile offenders and parents and makes referrals to social agencies as appropriate.
Testifies in court.
Familiarizes self with crime conditions and records information for follow-ups and investigations.
Transports, escorts, and maintains security and control of detainees outside of the detention facilities, e.g., court, medical treatment, airline travel, etc., and other authorized movements.
Remains in court with detainee until proper disposition is rendered.
Releases detainees in accordance with authorized instruction; processes return of personal property.
Handles bail collections, bail returns, and the transporting of documents to the court.
Assists medical staff with rendering temporary treatment prescribed by licensed physicians and maintains medication.
Receives, briefs, and, if necessary, searches visitors; inspects and searches cellblocks, facilities, visitor room, transport vehicles, etc., for contraband.
Prohibits unauthorized contacts with detainees while outside the facilities; makes arrest and enforces laws, where applicable, in maintaining the control of detainees and preventing an escape from custody.
Prepares reports as required.
Answers inquiries on prisoner custody and bail amounts, relays telephone messages, and makes referrals to proper personnel.
Responsible for the cleanliness and decontamination of cells, corridors, adjoining rooms, transport vans, belly chains, and other equipment used for detention and transport purposes.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Training and Experience: A combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to:
graduation from high school.
Qualification for Firearms: Must be qualified to carry and/or possess firearm or ammunition in accordance with state and federal laws, e.g., no misdemeanor or felony domestic violence conviction.
License/Certificate Requirements: Possession of a valid State of Hawai`i Driver's License (Class 3) or any other valid comparable driver's license.
Knowledge of: grammar, spelling, and word usage.
Ability to: learn and explain laws, ordinances, and regulations; learn police principles, practices, methods, and techniques; follow oral and written instructions; deal courteously but firmly with the general public; learn the geography of the County of Hawai'i and the economic, social, and racial composition of the community; keep records and prepare simple reports; operate various office and other equipment and appliances.
Special Working Conditions: Irregular hours, shift and weekend work, and exposure to hazards as required.
Physical and Age Standards: Persons seeking appointment to positions in this class must meet the health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
All candidates for employment as a Police Officer I shall be at least 20 years of age at the time of filing, and at least 21 years of age by the time of graduation from the Police Academy; have a correct ratio of weight to height; possess good eyesight and good physical condition and agility according to standards set by the County of Hawai'i.
Physical Effort Grouping: Special
• Automobile allowance: $600.00/month. • Standard of Conduct Differential: $624.00/month. • Firearm Allowance: $1,000.00 per fiscal year. • Uniform Allowance: $300.00 per fiscal year. • Vacation: 21 days per year. • Sick Leave: 21 days per year. • Holidays: 13 days per year + general election day in an election year. • Medical, Vision, Prescription Drug, & Dental Plans. • Group Life Insurance. • Night Differential (6 am - 6 pm): $0.55 per hour for each hour of actual work performed. • Membership Benefits: Membership in the County Credit Union, State of Hawai'i Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO) union, the Flexible Spending Plan, and the State of Hawai'i Deferred Compensation Plan. • Retirement: Eligible to retire at age 55 with 25 years of police service in Hawai'i.