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Recruits sought to join Sheriff Division

The state Department of Public Safety is looking for a few good men and women to join the Sheriff Division.

Recruitment is open on the Department of Human Resources and Development website until Feb. 7. Particularly needed are applicants willing to serve on Hawaii Island.

“We are looking for people who possess traits and characteristics required for this type of work. Among these are physical and mental fitness, alertness, tact, integrity, honesty, good judgment and the ability to deal effectively with the public,” Sheriff Robin Nagamine said in a written statement.

To qualify, applicants must be high school graduates; be able to demonstrate knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation; have the ability to read and comprehend complex written material; be able to write a clear, factual report; and have at least two years of work experience that demonstrates these abilities.

After the initial recruitment, chosen applicants will be tested on physical fitness (pushups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run) and have to complete a written test to gauge their reading, writing and comprehension skills.

After successful completion of the physical ability and written tests, the applicants might be scheduled for an interview with the department.

Once the physical testing, written testing and interview are completed, individuals selected from the recruitment will participate in a five-month sheriff recruit class, which will consist of classroom and on-the-job training in the laws, rules, regulations, principles, practices, procedures and techniques of law enforcement; the operation of firearms and other equipment; as well as physical conditioning.

For more information, a complete list of recruitment requirements or to apply, visit


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