LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — The Kauai Police Department will have only three open positions with the arrival of the New Year.
The police department for years has struggled with a large number of vacancies, but the situation improved this year with the graduation of two classes of police officers and the streamlining of the application process.
The department’s acting assistant police chief Kaleo Perez says the time to process new hires was greatly reduced. The result is that more officers have been hired. He says other changes expedited the hiring process, including pre-employment tests now being done online and other tests grouped over a two-day period.
Perez says it used to take up to three years to process an application. Now it takes six to eight months.