FISH AND WILDLIFE: FFWC officers protect paradise

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM.

As you are out enjoying all Florida has to offer, you’ll likely encounter some of the 853 FWC officers across the state. Keep in mind the big job they have to do and the common interest you share.

In fulfilling your responsibility to protect our “public trust,” you can help FWC officers do their job.

Talk to them.

FWC officers must listen to a concern from a boater or a question from a landowner. That helps our officers target their efforts and provide better service. Their community involvement also includes participation in youth and outreach activities.

The FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Program is another great way to help; you can report violators like poachers or people boating under the influence. Col. Jim Brown leads the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement, and he wants to hear from you too — whether you have something positive or negative to say — about different issues around the state or interactions with officers in the field.

You can contact him by visiting and selecting “Divisions and Offices.”

Together we can keep enjoying all Florida has to offer and keep it healthy and safe!

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