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The Hawai‘i Police Department has been plagued by staffing shortages from various departments for several years.

Over the past couple of years, HPD has struggled to hire and retain sworn and unsworn employees. Overall, the department has 53 sworn position vacancies and 32 non-sworn positions. Dispatch currently has the most openings among non-sworn employees with 16 vacancies.

“I think the large number of vacancies in dispatch is the biggest concern, as well as the criminalist and IT positions,” said Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins…