Base pay for Police Services Officer


$65,652.00 annually (as of July 1, 2020)


$3.60 per hour for Standards of Conduct

$.55 per hour for Night Differential

Other differentials vary: 5-25% of base hourly rate. 

Police Services Officer Minimum Qualifications

  • 20 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or American national
  • Eligible to carry and/ or possess a firearm under state and federal laws; (No felony conviction, No misdemeanor conviction for a crime of violence, and no illegal drug conviction).


***This is not all-inclusive, and is intended only as a general guideline. Review additional guidelines below***


Vacation & Sick Leave: 14 hours of paid vacation and 14 hours of paid sick leave per month. (21 days per year)

Holidays: 13 paid holidays per year and 14 paid holidays in election years.

Retirement plan: Joint contributory retirement plan for retirement after 30 years of service or 55 years of age.

Deferred Compensation: Withdrawal of Federal/State taxes from any contributions to this plan is deferred until retirement.

Life insurance: Free life insurance.

Medical, Dental, Drug, Vision Plan, and Flexible Spending Plan: Medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision plans with option to pay premiums from pre-tax earnings.

Education reimbursement: Limited reimbursement for higher education relative to police work.

Take-home car program: Eligible upon meeting requirements.

Pro-quality fitness center

Opportunities for advancement, special assignments and training

Kauai Police Department Recruitment

The Kauai Police Department employs approximately 162 sworn personnel and about 63 non-sworn personnel. Entry-level positions include:

  • Police Services Officer (probationary police officer)
  • Police Dispatcher
  • Clerk

A primary focus for KPD over the last few years has been to recruit and hire more police officers; a challenge that is complicated by the extremely low unemployment rate in the State of Hawaii.

The Kauai Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Police Services Officer Hiring Process

The Kauai Police Department's hiring and selection process for Police Services Officer is comprised of three phases:

Includes the notice of vacancy, acceptance of applications, review of minimum qualifications, a written examination and referral of candidates. (Coordinated by the County of Kauai Department of Human Resources)
Includes a Physical Readiness Standards Test, Pre-offer Psychological Examination and Clarification Interview, completion of a Personal History Packet (PHP) and an in-depth Background Investigation.
Includes a Post-offer Psychological Examination and Interview, Polygraph Testing, Drug Screening and a Pre-employment Physical Examination.

Preparing for the Physical Readiness Standards Test

The Kauai Police Department (KPD) requires qualified Police Services Officer applicants to have a minimum level of physical readiness in order to perform the essential physical functions of the job. To ensure that its police officers can safely perform those physical tasks, all qualified applicants will be required to undergo a Physical Readiness Standards Test (PRST) which will involve the following 6 physical fitness tests:


Agility run: This measures the ability to change direction while sprinting. The test consists of sprinting while dodging around obstacles (traffic cones) over a 180-foot course. 19.8 seconds


Bench press test: This measures the absolute strength of the upper body. The test consists of lying on a bench and pushing free weight in a vertical manner parallel to the body. Push 75% of your body weight.


Sit up test: The measure of trunk muscular endurance is very important to job function, overall physical performance, and the avoidance of injury. The test consists of the maximum number of sit ups performed in sixty seconds. 27 continuous reps in 60 seconds.


300 meter run: This measures anaerobic power or the ability to make an intense burst of effort for a short time period or distance. The test consists of running 300 meters as fast as possible. The maximum time allowed is 77 seconds.


Push up test: This measures the muscular endurance of the upper body. The test consists of doing as many pushups continuously from the front leaning rest position with no time limit. 27 continuous reps no time limit.


1.5 mile run: This measures aerobic power or cardiovascular endurance, the ability to sustain rhythmic movement of large muscle groups for a period of time. The test consists of running/walking 1.5 miles as fast as possible. The maximum time allowed is 19 minutes 16 seconds.


These standards and readiness tips can be viewed in further detail by reviewing Physical Readiness Handbook for Applicants and Incumbents.

Police Officer Position Considerations

Being a "good person" is not enough to make a good police officer. KPD needs individuals who display positive behaviors even when exposed to the types of stress that are inherent with police work; such as the long work hours and changing shifts, verbal abuse, combative or unruly individuals, and handling of traumatic incidents.


Among other things, KPD considers the following dimensions, and seeks corresponding positive behaviors in the people it considers for the position of Police Officer:

1.   IntegrityThis involves maintaining high standards of personal conduct. It consists of attributes such as honesty, impartiality, trustworthiness, and abiding by laws, regulations and procedures.  It includes:


2.   Impulse Control/Attention To Safety.  Avoiding impulsive and/or unnecessarily risky behavior to ensure the safety of oneself and others.  It includes thinking before acting, taking proper precautions, keeping one’s impetuous, knee-jerk reactions in check, and behaving in conscious regard for the larger situation at hand.


3.   Current Drug Use and Other Risk-Taking Behavior. This involves engaging in behavior that is inappropriate, self-damaging, and can adversely impact the agency, and includes alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, sale of drugs and gambling.


4.   Stress Tolerance.  Maintaining composure, particularly during time-critical emergency events and other stressful situations; weathering negative events and circumstances and maintaining an even temperament and positive attitude.  Accepting criticism without becoming overly defensive or allowing it to hamper behavior or job performance.


5.   Confronting and Overcoming Problems, Obstacles and AdversityThis involves willingness and persistence in confronting problems and personal adversity. It includes taking control of situations, as necessary, and demonstrating hustle and drive in reaching goals.


6.   Conscientiousness.  Diligent, reliable, conscientious work patterns; performing in a timely, logical manner in accordance with rules, regulations and organizational policies.


7.   Interpersonal skills.  This involves interacting with others in a tactful and respectful manner, and showing sensitivity, concern, tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness in one’s daily interactions.


8.   Decision-Making and Judgment.  The ability to make timely, sound decisions, especially in dangerous, pressure-filled situations and/or where information is incomplete and/or conflicting.  Able to size up situations quickly to determine appropriate action.  It also involves the ability to sift through information to glean that which is important, and, once identified, to use that information effectively.


9.   Learning ability.  Ability to comprehend and retain a good deal of information, to recall factual information, and to apply what is learned.


10. Communication  Skills.  Ability to make oneself understood, both orally and in writing.

The following are partial guidelines used by the Kaua'i Police Department to determine whether an applicant is suitable for employment with the Kaua'i Police Department.   The guidelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Kaua'i Police Department.

Has on file or admits to the following:  Time period from application are underlined


  •  Felony Conviction -   Unsuitable
  •  Misdemeanor / Crime of Violence -  Unsuitable 

Conviction which involved injury or threat to a person.   Assault, Abuse of a Family or Household Member, Terroristic Threat.  707-712(1)(2), 707-712.5, 707-714, 707-717, 709-904, 709-906,  710-1026, 711-1101(1) (a&c), 711-1106(1)(a&b),  and 712-1248(1)(d) HRS.

  • Other Misdemeanor Conviction -  Within 3 Years

DRUGS (Illegal Substance Use / Possession)

  • Conviction - Unsuitable
  • Involved in Illegal Sales / Trade -   Within 5 Years
  • Use of any Illegal Drug other than Marijuana - Within 5 Years
  • Marijuana - Within the Last Year

TRAFFIC HISTORY (Applicable to employees who may operate vehicles as part of employment)

  • Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant -  Within 3 Years
  • Moving Violations (Example Speeding) -Within 3 Years
  • Driver’s License Suspension - Within 3 Years

Pre Employment Links

 TitleCategoryModified DateSize 
PRST Preparation Handbook 12/8/20146.77 MBDownload
Video of Physical Readiness Standards TestRecruitment9/12/2012UnknownDownload