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April 06, 2006
Contact: Bruce Bjork, (360) 902-2936
Kimberly Bush (360) 902-2835

WDFW enforcement earns national recognition status

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Enforcement Program has been recognized for the quality of its operation by a national law enforcement accreditation organization.

The recognition was granted by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on March 25 in Jacksonville, Florida. The WDFW’s Enforcement Program’s policies, procedures, management and operations were measured by 96 standards of excellence critical to life, health and safety. WDFW Enforcement Program is one of only two fish and wildlife agencies in the world to be recognized by CALEA. The agency’s enforcement officers and staff prepared for three years for this voluntary review.

“This honor proves to the citizens of Washington that their fish and wildlife enforcement program adheres to the highest standards of professionalism,” said Chief Bruce Bjork, who heads the WDFW Enforcement Program.

“The CALEA commissioners were very impressed with our professionalism, our commitment to the resource and the public and the direction of our program,” he added.

The WDFW Enforcement Program employs 156 fully commissioned staff who enforce all laws and rules of the state, particularly those related to licensing, habitat requirements, and the taking of fish and wildlife.

Officers also provide first response to dangerous wildlife, including bear and cougar, and other public safety issues.