The Honolulu Police Department has extended its application period for police recruits.

We previously reported that the department is in need of qualified recruits with classes set to begin in May, August, and December.

We did some digging and according to the department’s latest budget proposal, there are 109 uniformed vacancies on the force. The department hopes to fill 43 of them by July.

Out of 2,143 officers on the force, about 15 percent are eligible to retire.

Metropolitan police recruits (PO-05) earn a monthly salary of $5,042 and, after one year, are eligible to become officers.

Recruits receive intensive classroom and field training in the principles, practices, procedures, and techniques of police work and are required to pass a rigorous fitness testing program.

Applicants must be 20 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or G.E.D.

The initial deadline was Thursday, April 6. The department will now accept applications online through Thursday, April 20, at 11:59 p.m. HST.Click here for more information and to apply.