WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 24, 2007
Contact: Kimberly Flowers, (360) 902-2835

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Citizens invited to comment
on WDFW Enforcement Program

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is conducting a public survey to help improve the agency’s Enforcement Program.

The survey, which is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/enf/customer_survey.htm on WDFW’s website, consists of about 20 questions and includes an overall evaluation of the program.

Those who would like the survey mailed or faxed to them should contact Kimberly Flowers, WDFW accreditation manager, at 360-902-2835 or flowekjf@dfw.wa.gov.

People have through the end of the year to complete the survey.

"It’s important that we hear from people, especially those who have interacted with our enforcement officers and staff," said WDFW Enforcement Chief Bruce Bjork. "The information we receive will help us improve our resource protection and business practices and ensure that we are meeting the needs of the public."

The public survey is part of the enforcement program’s requirement for recognition by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The enforcement program, which has 139 officers deployed statewide, was originally recognized by CALEA in 2002. The program must continue to meet specific standards to achieve accreditation from CALEA.

WDFW officers enforce all state laws, including those related to the taking of fish and wildlife, licensing and habitat requirements. Officers also provide first response to incidents involving potentially dangerous wildlife, including bear and cougar, and other public safety issues.

In addition to enforcement officers, the program includes hunter education, customer service, and other support staff.