HONOLULU – Public Safety Department officials, family members and friends today gathered in Waipio to witness the graduation of the 2014 Sheriff Recruit Class at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. Thirty new deputies were added to the Sheriff Division and will be assigned to positions across the state. Five of the new deputies will be stationed on Maui.
The new deputies were presented with graduation certificates, followed by the recitation of the Oath of Office and the badge presentation. A family member was picked to pin the badge on the new deputy sheriff.
“Law enforcement is a noble profession that requires courage, integrity and fairness,” said State Sheriff Robin Nagamine. “Through their hard work and dedication, these new deputy sheriffs proved they have what it takes to promote overall public safety and serve the citizens of Hawaii. We welcome them into our ranks.”
The recruits were trained in nearly 1,000 hours of academic instruction in laws and procedures, constant testing, training in physical fitness, and police tactics. They also support various community service events such as the Special Olympics Torch Run and the American Heart Walk.
Student awards for Top Gun, Physical Fitness, Leadership and Academic Average were also handed out to the recruits who ranked at the top of their class in those areas.
The new deputies will be sent out to work in various positions statewide. Sixteen will be assigned to Oahu, eight to Kona on Hawaii Island, five to Maui, and one will go to Kauai.
The Sheriff Division carries out law enforcement services statewide. Its mission is to preserve the peace by: protecting all persons and property within premises under the control of the Judiciary and all state facilities; providing process services and execution of court documents; handling detained persons; and providing secure transportation for persons in custody. It also provides law enforcement services at the Honolulu International Airport.