Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission “FWC”: Division of Law Enforcement

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission “FWC”: Division of Law Enforcement

Managing Florida’s parks, environment, fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and for the benefit of people.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came into existence on July 1, 1999 – the result of a constitutional amendment approved in the 1998 General Election as part of the package proposed by the Constitutional Revision Commission.

In the implementation of the Constitutional Amendment, the Florida Legislature combined all of the staff and commissioners of the former Marine Fisheries Commission, elements of the Divisions of Marine Resources and Law Enforcement of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and all of the employees and Commissioners of the former Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. In 2012, the former Department of Environmental Regulation merged with FWC.

Field Operations consists of two bureaus within the Division of Law Enforcement that are divided into a North and South Operations. The Bureau of North Operations contains the Northeast, Northwest and North Central Regions. The Bureau of South Operations contains the Southwest, South and the SEA (Special Enforcement Area). These Bureaus house most of the uniform patrol functions within the Division as they relate to wildlife, saltwater fish, and freshwater fish resources. The uniform patrol functions are designed to provide law enforcement protection to the natural and human resources of the state.

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