Fish and Game Enforcement In Connecticut
DEEP’s Division of Environmental Conservation Police is responsible for the enforcement of the state’s wildlife and fisheries laws and to provide public safety and law enforcement services in Connecticut’s state parks and forests and on the state’s waterways. The men and women of the Division are dedicated officers that take pride in their mission that supports the protection and management of Connecticut’s natural resources. A new initiative for the Division is starting Operation Game Thief in Connecticut. For many years, the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) program assisted the Division by offering rewards for fish and game violations and providing funds that supported our public outreach programs. Due to several issues, the TIP program disbanded several years ago. In an effort to resurrect this type of program, the Division has joined the National Wildlife Crime Stoppers Association and plans on starting Connecticut’s Operation Game Thief, a program that has been successful nationwide. We are organizing a board of directors, looking for corporate sponsorship and alternative funding methods, and working with university students to further this project. The goal for this program is to promote hunting and fishing, bring awareness to the public of the consequences of poaching, be a recruiting tool for new officers, and help identify and apprehend wildlife violators.
Through education, outreach, and enforcement, the Environmental Conservation Police Division will continue to provide public safety and protect the state’s natural resources. We encourage the citizens of Connecticut to take an active role in this mission by reporting fish and game violations to our 24-hour toll free line at 1-800-842-4357.
Thank you and good luck!
Colonel Kyle Overturf
Director – State Environmental Conservation Police