Hawaii Unique Collaboration Leads To Trained Conservation Officers

Hawaii Unique Collaboration Leads To Trained Conservation Officers

DLNR/DOCARE & Honolulu Community College Academy Sends 12 Into the Field

HONOLULU, HI (STL.News) Conservation Resource Enforcement Officers (CREOs) Kelly Woods and Edward Thompson, along with ten others with no background in law enforcement, graduated from the first DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) Academy last July.

For seven and a half months and 1,160 hours of classroom and field training, covering more than 100 different topics, this new crop of DOCARE officers were immersed in the knowledge and skills they would need to join the ranks of Hawai‘i conservation officers.  The DOCARE Training Academy was customized to produce workforce-ready officers.  Honolulu Community College (HonCC) and the Administration of Justice (AJ) Program played a fundamental role in providing academic course work for the academy as well as critical training spaces at the college’s Marine Education and Training Center on Sand Island.

HCC Dean Keala Chock commented, “Due to this innovative training collaboration between noncredit and credit, recruits completed more than half of the required coursework they would need to earn an AJ degree. Several of the new officers with previous credits earned are now uniquely positioned within the AJ pathway and have the opportunity to earn a degree with the completion of 27 additional credits (available online).”

Officers Woods and Thompson were selected by DOCARE leadership to participate in video profiles that will be used as an educational and future recruitment tool. 

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