01/08/16 – DLNR Statement on Arrest of DOCARE OfficerPosted on Jan 8, 2016 in DOCARE, News Releases
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
|DAVID Y. IGE
SUZANNE D. CASE
For Immediate News Release January 8, 2016
DLNR STATEMENT ON ARREST OF DOCARE OFFICER
The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) will cooperate with the Hawaii Police Department criminal investigation.
DOCARE will also conduct its own internal investigation.
Ethan Ferguson has been a Conservation and Resources Enforcement Officer (CREO) since June 27, 2013
He is still in custody and has been served with a letter of removal of police authority, and is being put on administrative leave with pay, pending adjudication.
There are 109 DOCARE officers statewide, and 27 on Hawaii Island. DLNR does criminal background checks for prospective employees.
DOCARE officers are responsible for enforcement activities of the Department. The division, with full police powers, enforces all State laws and rules involving State lands, State Parks, historic sites, forest reserves, aquatic life and wildlife areas, coastal zones, Conservation districts, State shores, as well as county ordinances involving county parks. The division also enforces laws relating to firearms, ammunition, and dangerous weapons.