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What We Do
Patrol State Trust Lands
DNR Police Officers respond to and investigate vehicle collisions and infractions--involving both highway vehicles and off-road vehicles--that occur on DNR-managed lands. They also investigate other types of incidents and crimes, such as theft, trespass, malicious mischief, assault, reckless endangerment, fish and wildlife violations, and other violations. All DNR Officers are trained and experienced detectives who have received investigative training from accredited law enforcement academies. In addition to assisting investigations by the various DNR divisions overseeing wildfire response, derelict sea vessels, recreation, and forest practices, our officers frequently work with and provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies.
One of the most important responsibilities of our officers is to ensure that those using state trust lands comply with state and local laws as well as the department's rules. Our efforts are often focused on educating the public, but sometimes stricter enforcement is required to ensure public safety. The infractions and citations our officers write in the field are filed electronically into the Statewide Electronic Collision & Ticket Online Records (SECTOR) database used by law enforcement agencies and courts across the state.
DNR Police Officers are committed to engaging with and educating the public about the safe and sustainable use of state lands. They also coordinate the enforcement and education efforts of the department's civilian staff, including dozens of DNR Recreational Wardens who are trained to assist public education and safety on DNR-managed forestlands, roads, recreation sites, and other areas across the state.
DNR Police Officers meet or exceed all training standards set by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. To maintain their skills, our officers attend official training sessions at least three times a year. These annual refreshers include extended in-service training sessions in all-season, all-terrain vehicle operation, defensive tactics and firearms qualification. All of our officers must complete Detective Basic Training, Wildland Fire Investigation, Off-Road Vehicle and Motorboat Operation, and Chainsaw Operation. Most of our officers have had 10 or more years of field experience with other law enforcement agencies, where they gained training and experience in bomb and arson investigations, hazardous materials, commercial vehicle enforcement and special weapons and tactics (SWAT).