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The Kauai Police Department is looking to add fresh faces to its police force.

KPD Lt. Roderick Green said that each year the police department assesses the number of vacancies — retirees and others leaving the department — it has and arranges a recruit class to hire new officers.

This round, the police department wants to add 10 new recruits to its 152 sworn personnel, he said.

Starting pay is $4,668 a month, but will increase after a year probationary period, Green said.

Officers applying for the job should be expected to perform a variety of specialized tasks, from crime prevention, investigative, law enforcement and other specialized tasks, according to a news release.

In March, Kauai police arrested Roman Gabriel Contreras, 44, for drug trafficking. He now faces life in prison.

Cases like these show why Kauai officers are extremely important, said Sarah Blane, police spokeswoman.

“As far as stopping a crime from happening, that’s what they do on a daily basis, but yesterday’s release was a ‘big one’ as far as stopping a drug trafficker from bringing nearly three pounds of meth to our island,” she wrote in an email.

Applicants who wish to join the KPD should be willing to pass a written and physical test and must be at least 20 years of age at the time of filing the application, Green said.

Applicants are thoroughly screened and will undergo a polygraph test, a background investigation and physchological assessment, according to the news release.

Anyone with a minimum level of fitness should be able to pass the physical readiness standards test, Green said.

Those wishing to apply should head to the county website.

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