HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — A Friday ceremony in Honolulu honored the first graduates of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement Academy. Six experienced law enforcement officers, all of whom come from municipal, state or federal police agencies, received immersive training over a six-week course in conservation enforcement. Acting DOCARE Enforcement Chief Jason Redulla explained that because of what he called a “huge volume” of natural and cultural resources law and administrative rules the officers have to be knowledgeable about the DLNR felt it was critical to establish specialized training for their officers. The DLNR says 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.