Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Wednesday, May 5, 1999

Date of
next police
exam unknown

Question: When is the next police exam and how often are they given per year? My son is away right now, but he applied for a job and wants to know how much notice they give for the exams.

Answer: Your son just missed the most recent test, held April 17.

The scheduling of the next exam will depend on how many applicants passed the April test, said Maj. Glen Kajiyama of the Honolulu Police Department's Human Resources Division. He did not want to speculate on the date of the next test.

There is continuous recruitment, but there are "no predetermined dates because it all depends on the number of applicants that apply and the number that pass the exams," he said.

For the last exam, 1,510 applications were accepted and 1,022 people actually took the exam, Kajiyama said. As of March 31, 190 of 2,128 positions were vacant - 30 in the training pool and 160 in the metropolitan police officer and above level, he said.

Each applicant will receive notification of the next exam. In addition, a mass advertising campaign will be conducted before the testing, Kajiyama said.


Q: I was told by an orthopedic nurse that the state is cutting down on handicapped parking passes so only patients who had surgery would qualify. Please clarify if this is true.

A: It's not true. Call the city disabled persons parking permit number at 523-4021 to get the exact information. You have to have a "heart, lung or walking mobility problem" that's certified by a licensed practicing physician.

Surgery is not specified. You might have a broken leg, for example, that does not require surgery. In that case, you might qualify for a temporary pass (given for a temporary disability that cannot exceed six months and be no less than one month, according to state Department of Transportation rules).



To the boys whose dog attacked and bit me on my right rear thigh while I walked on Kailua Beach Sunday night, April 18. After the attack, they ran away and called their dogs after them (there were two dogs, but only one bit me). - R.H.

To the elderly Asian man who was walking his dog behind Mililani Town Centre near Kaiser Clinic. Please don't walk your dog without a muzzle if you can't control it. You allowed your dog to bite my dog, then walked away without a word when I was checking my dog. Shame on you. - No name

(There's not much that can be done by authorities because there is no vicious-dog law for Honolulu. The Honolulu City Council is considering a possible ordinance, but the only recourse now is civil action against a dog's owner for any injuries or damages, said Hawaiian Humane Society spokeswoman Eve Holt.

(However, victims should report attacks to police and the humane society anyway, with as much description of the dog as possible, she said. Meanwhile, she said the humane society has a dog bite prevention program aimed at adults -- the program is called Mr. Bugs, named after a dog -- that gives tips on what to do in the event of an attack.)



To whoever turned my cell phone in to lost and found at Blaisdell Center on Thursday, April 15. God bless that person. -- No name

Need help with problems? Call Kokua Line at 525-8686,
fax 525-6711, or write to P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu 96802.
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