Police Officer Requirements – Hawaii

Hawaii is the only state without a single entity to oversee police officer training and performance standards, raising questions about the qualifications of Hawaii’s law enforcement officers.

Requirements

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age by closing deadline.
  • Be a U.S. citizen (either born or naturalized), national or permanent resident alien of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.
  • Have a valid driver’s license from Hawaiʻi or comparable license from another state.
  • Have a combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from high school.
  • Be qualified to carry and possess any firearm or ammunition in accordance with state and federal laws. Persons convicted of domestic violence, whether convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, will not be considered for a position because federal law prohibits them from carrying firearms.

Other Requirements: Applicant will be required to take a written/oral examination, psychological test, as well as a polygraph examination