HPD to hold recruitment event

By Ashley Moser
Published On: Jul 14 2014 10:11:16 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 14 2014 10:33:59 PM HST

The Honolulu Police Department is holding a recruitment fair to give hundreds the chance to see some of what it would take to qualify as a honolulu police officer. KITV 4's Ashley Moser got a first hand experience and toured the agility course.

HONOLULU -

Before you're allowed on Honolulu's streets as a police officer you have to prove yourself at tactics training. An event this weekend will give hundreds a glimpse into that training.

Click here to watch Ashley Moser's report.

"It is designed to replicate job tasks and demands that officers may encounter in a day," said Sgt. Sam Arcalas of Honolulu Police Department's Academy Tactics.

There's a three vault to replicate jumping over a wall while chasing a suspect and the low crawl to train officers how to climb under fence lines.

The push-pull machine is supposed to simulate an officer apprehending a suspect. It's extremely hard because when you push, you get pushed back. But, it's not the only test the recruits go through. They also have to go through a psychological evaluation.

"Where we are looking at their backgrounds, there'll be psychological testing, a lie detector," said Detective Glen Luecke of the HPD.

Once applicants pass those tests, they will be coached here at the HPD training academy.

"We will provide training for them twice a week, physical fitness and three days a week up in the dojo," said Arcalas.

Officials expect 3,000 will apply, but they say not all will make it. There's one trait that officials say truly sticks out.

"If your whole thing is you want to get out there and serve the community, we certainly encourage that. This could be the career for you," said Luecke.

The recruitment fair is happening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HPD Training Academy located at 93-093 Waipahu Depot Street.

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