WHAT IS THE ROLE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CONSERVATION?
MDWFP Conservation Officers are state-certified law enforcement officers charged with broad jurisdiction including enforcement of conservation related laws and ensuring public safety.
The Law Enforcement Bureau accomplishes our conservation objectives by addressing the three central themes of the MDWFP's mission:
I. CONSERVE AND ENHANCE MISSISSIPPI'S WILDLIFE, FISHERIES, AND PARKS
Wildlife and fisheries laws and regulations are designed to protect our natural resources and to ensure that there is always wildlife and wild places for Mississippians to enjoy. Conservation Officers enforce these laws and respond to violations reported by the public (1-800-BE SMART) or other law enforcement agencies.
II. PROVIDE QUALITY OUTDOOR RECREATION
Conservation Officers work during all hours of the day and night in the field, woods, and waters to ensure the safety of all Mississippians. They enforce hunting and boating safety regulations and often serve as a first responder when incidents occur.
III. ENGAGE THE PUBLIC IN NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION
Across the state, Conservation Officers teach hunter and boater education classes, assist with organized youth events and programs, and represent the MDWFP at local schools, career fairs, churches, and civic groups. These dedicated men and women create awareness of and appreciation for the Magnolia State's resources and recreational opportunities by their visibility to the public.