Mission Statement: Protecting Florida's natural resources and people through proactive and responsive law enforcement services.
Vision: To be recognized as the leading conservation law enforcement agency in the nation, set apart by strategic vision, clear missions, strong leadership and a professional officer corps.
Motto: Patrol, Protect, Preserve
The Division of Law Enforcement represents a large part of the agency's personnel, with over 1,000 employees, over 800 of whom are sworn officers. In 2012, under direction of the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott, the FWC Division of Law Enforcement was combined with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Law Enforcement and parts of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, including the officers assigned to patrol state forests and the investigator responsible for commercial aquaculture violations.
The Division bases its patrol efforts on its core missions:
This includes educating the public and enforcing state and federal fisheries and wildlife laws; protecting threatened and endangered species and habitats; managing captive and nonnative wildlife; investigating fish and wildlife crimes; and participating in youth projects to develop the next generation that cares about conservation.
This includes educating the public and enforcing state and federal environmental laws; protecting and preserving cultural and natural resources; protecting state lands and water quality; investigating environmental crimes; and participation in education and outreach programs about environmental protection and enjoying state resources.
Boating and Waterways
This includes enforcing boating rules and regulations, coordinating boating safety campaigns and education; managing public waters and access to them; conducting boating accident investigations; identifying and removing derelict vessels; and investigating vessel theft and title fraud.
FWC officers respond to natural and manmade disasters and search and rescue missions. Specialized response units are equipped to operate by air, land and sea. The Division is a partner in Florida's Mutual Aid Plan, administered by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The FWC works with other law enforcement agencies to provide intelligence and security support, general law enforcement services and critical incident investigations.
The division director is Colonel Curtis Brown.
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