Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $340,000)
In 2020, the State of Hawaiʻi DLNR/DOCARE Academy Program established a vocational hiring pathway for applicants not having any law enforcement experience. Upon enrollment into the Academy Program, the applicants, now recruits and employees of the State of Hawai’i, are developed, through lecture and specialized occupational skillset development training, to become effective and competent Conservation and Resources Enforcement Officers. Additionally, the daily principles of integrity, respect, fairness, competency, and the spirit of Aloha to uphold the laws that serve to protect, conserve and manage, Hawaiʻi’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of visitors and the people of Hawai’i are infused into the academy culture.
As costs to procure subject matter experts increase, direct and supplementary funding to support the State of Hawaiʻi’s DLNR/DOCARE Academy Program will ensure its viability. Specifically, the funding will pay for the recruits’ University of Hawaiʻi, Honolulu Community College Administration of Justice tuition. The total cost of tuition reflects the amount of the enrolled recruits. The tuition includes the cost of a lecturer and support staff, textbooks, and the services of additional costs related to training logistics and applicable venues.