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For years, the chiefs of the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) used ohana, the Hawaiian word for family to describe the department. Family is important in Hawaiian culture and ohana is the reason why officers joined and stayed with the force. Police departments all over the United States experiencing a reduction in applications, requiring increased emphasis on recruitment. The Hawaiian islands and their near-perfect weather may be inviting, but Honolulu has some recruiting challenges that the rest of the country doesn’t encounter, including the limited population and relative isolation of the Hawaiian Islands, competition for applications from other law enforcement agencies, and the relatively high expense of living in Hawaii. Adding urgency to HPDs recruiting efforts, a significant number of officers are at nearing retirement age. It takes a long time to get hired too. Processing Applicants through testing and background checks takes up to 7 months. Typically, only 3 percent of the applicants are then accepted into the 6-month training class and several of those do not complete training. Several years ago, the departments leaders decided that a massive recruiting campaign built around their ohana family-style culture is necessary to bolster recruiting efforts. The branding and recruiting campaign has included a variety of activities including the following. Department image and culture was promoted as close knit and service oriented rather than the usual rough and tumble image of police departments.
Women’s recruitment seminars were held
Radio and TV ads were purchased
HPD website is updated daily
Recruiting events are held several times each year
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are utilized to provide information
Physically fit young people were targeted with recruiting efforts at beach volleyball tournaments, college, and even high school athletic events
A police recruiting van was visible presences at community events
People on the mainland with ties to Hawaii, such as prior military service, were targeted
Officers who had left the force for departments on the mainland were contacted
As a result of the recruiting efforts, HPD has escaped shortages of officers in recent years but it remains to be seen if future staffing challenges can be avoided.