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Six Officers Graduate from First-Ever DOCARE Academy

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During a ceremony on Friday, six experienced law enforcement officers became the first graduates of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement Academy. Over the course of six weeks the officers, all of whom come from municipal, state or federal police agencies, received immersive training in conservation enforcement.

This first DOCARE Training Academy is considered a lateral academy; meaning the new officers have previous law enforcement work experience. A larger academy for recruits without previous police experience is scheduled for Spring 2019.

“DOCARE officers have all of the enforcement authority of officers working for county police departments or other law enforcement agencies,” explained acting DOCARE Enforcement Chief Jason Redulla. “Given the huge volume of natural and cultural resources law and administrative rules they also need to have knowledge about, we felt it was critical to establish specialized training for the men and women who protect our resources.”

Their resources enforcement training included the following sections:

History of Conservation Enforcement
Professionalism and Ethics
Forestry & Wildlife Rules and Issues
Policy Review
NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
Arrest and Control
Firearms Training
Conservation & Coastal Lands Rules and Issues
Historic Preservation Rules and Issues
Mammals & Protected Species
Boating & Ocean Recreation Rules and Issues
Hunter Education
Fish Identification
Commercial Fishing Enforcement
Native Hawaiian Law
Small Boat Operation
First Aid and CPR
Environmental Court
Police Media Relations
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Rules and Regulations

The full academy for people without any law enforcement experience will include the specialized conservation enforcement training and recruits will be exposed to the kind of basic training required of all police officers.

“We are proud and excited to have these six officers join DOCARE’s ranks,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case. “We felt there was a critical need for DOCARE to establish its own training academy since conservation officers have to be well versed not only in basic law enforcement but in protection and enforcement of a myriad of environmental and resources law.”

Friday’s graduates and their duty assignments:

Kaulana Noa—O‘ahu
Kaea Sugata—O‘ahu
Irwin Keliipuleole-O‘ahu
Brandon McBride—O‘ahu
Marcus Figgaroa–Maui
Brandon Ignacio—Moloka‘i

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