Veteran Officer Chosen to Lead State Conservation Enforcement
Jason Redulla, a 15-year veteran of the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement and 27-year law enforcement officer, has been chosen as the agency’s new enforcement chief. Redulla currently serves as DOCARE’s deputy enforcement chief and assistant division administrator.
“Jason has stepped in and stepped up on multiple occasions to fill leadership voids when previous chiefs have retired or resigned,” DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said. “He knows conservation and resource enforcement laws and rules inside out and is well-respected inside DOCARE and across the broader law enforcement community for his professionalism and dedication as a law enforcement officer.”
Redulla will lead a team of more than 100 DOCARE officers tasked with enforcing natural and cultural resource laws and educating the public about how to treat Hawaiʻi’s resources.
“I’m honored to move into the chief’s role,” Redulla said. “DOCARE has accomplished a lot in the last few years with the establishment of our first law academy dedicated to training new conservation officers and institution of the highest level of professional standards possible.”
Prior to joining DOCARE in 2004, Redulla was a deputy sheriff with the State Department of Public Safety and was assigned to the governor’s protection detail. After serving as a US Air Force law enforcement specialist, installation patrolman and desk sergeant in Virginia, California, and the Republic of Korea, Redulla worked as a university security officer at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He was promoted to a DOCARE supervisor position in 2012, where he managed various administrative programs.
Redulla holds an associates degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix. He also holds several law enforcement instructor and trainer certifications in incident command system, boating safety education, and other specialist enforcement roles. He most recently graduated from the National Association of Conservation Enforcement Chiefs Leadership Academy in West Virginia.
Redulla replaces Robert Farrell who resigned last year. Redulla’s appointment is effective immediately.