DNR police officers stationed throughout Washington patrol more than 5 million acres of DNR-managed lands. They lend assistance, deter criminal behavior, and ensure compliance with rules and laws.
While officers often focus on education, citations are sometimes required as they also respond to theft, assault, reckless endangerment, fish and wildlife violations, plus collisions and infractions involving vehicles and/or off-road vehicles. Officers normally patrol in marked 4×4 pickup trucks, yet don’t be too surprised if you see them approach by off-road motorcycle, quad, snowmobile, or motorboat.
Our officers are experienced detectives with comprehensive training. DNR police officers meet or exceed all training standards set by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. 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 special weapons, bomb and arson investigations, hazardous materials, and commercial vehicle enforcement.
DNR expands on officers’ previous experience with ongoing training in driving all-season, all-terrain vehicles, off-road vehicles and motorboats; using defensive tactics; conducting investigations, particularly wildland fire investigations; firearms; and other skills.
In addition to working frequently with other law enforcement agencies, DNR officers also assist DNR agency investigations and coordinate DNR’s civilian recreation wardens. They train wardens to enforce and educate the public on rules and safety on DNR-managed roads, campgrounds, trails, picnic sites, and forestlands.
It’s the goal of our Natural Resources Police force to provide for justice and public safety. Should you ever need their assistance, don’t hesitate to contact them at the appropriate region office or in the case of an emergency, dial 911.