Law Enforcement Division

The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues. 

 

 

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A Conservation Ranger (more commonly known as "Game Warden") is a peace officer certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
A Conservation Ranger enforces wildlife, environmental, boating, and other State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations in assigned areas.  Patrols are made by vehicle, boat, aircraft, ATV and mostly on foot.

Law Enforcement Division

The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues. The LE division also administers the state's hunter education and boating safety programs. Conservation Rangers investigate violations of wildlife laws, as well as hunting and boating incidents. Rangers also conduct classes and programs to educate citizens about wildlife laws and safety practices. Contact us to locate your local DNR office or Conservation Ranger in your area

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 DNR Law Enforcement Ranger Wins North American Officer of the Year Award

 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division is pleased to announce that one of their own, Ranger First Class David Webb, has won the Officer of the Year Award from the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA).  RFC Webb was presented the award recently at the Association’s annual conference in Reno, NV.
 
According to the NAWEOA web site, the Officer of the Year award is presented to wildlife officers that have performed outstanding work, exemplary service to the public, or have contributed to wildlife law enforcement in other ways.
 
“To be named the top wildlife officer in all of North America by an organization of this caliber is quite an accomplishment and we are proud of RFC Webb and his commitment to wildlife law enforcement and to our agency,” said DNR Col. Eddie Henderson, director of Law Enforcement.
Webb is a 13-year veteran of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division (LED) and is assigned to Towns County in the north Georgia mountains. He has an Associate’s Degree in criminal justice from Gordon State College. Prior to working for DNR LED, he was a correctional officer for the Georgia Department of Corrections at Burrus State Prison.  He is a member of a Regional Critical Action Team that provides specialized law enforcement level search and rescue services as needed throughout the state. He is also a certified Georgia Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST) instructor, providing training to DNR cadets on bear hunting laws. 
 
As a regional investigator, Webb participated in a long term investigation named Operation Something Bruin, a three-year cooperative federal and state investigation that targeted illegal bear hunting and guiding activities on US Forest Service properties along the Georgia and North Carolina state line. The violations included hunting bears out of season, hunting bears over bait, failure to tag bears, taking protected wildlife (heron), taking an alligator out of season and others. In January 2013, he began working on case reports, spending 264 hours organizing reports, evidence and obtaining search/arrest warrants. At its conclusion, the operation documented over 900 state and federal charges which included 139 state charges against eight defendants in Georgia and 110 state charges against 26 defendants in North Carolina.
 
RFC Webb was honored for all his efforts throughout Operation Something Bruin with a resolution by the Georgia DNR Board of Natural Resources. He was also selected as the 2013 Ranger of the Year and Investigative Ranger of the Year in his region and statewide. With these honors, he represented the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division at the 2013 South Eastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) meeting in Oklahoma City, OK and the 2013 National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) national banquet in Nashville, TN.