Message from the Division of Environmental Conservation Police
DEEP’s Division of Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police is responsible for enforcing the state’s wildlife and fisheries laws and providing 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 who take pride in their mission that supports the protection and management of Connecticut’s natural resources.
With the retirement of Colonel Kyle Overturf after 32 years of dedicated service, I am currently the Acting Colonel of DEEP EnCon Police. Throughout my career, the technology associated with hunting has been increasing at an astounding rate. From trail cameras and smart phone apps to scent blockers and camouflage designs, it is hard to keep up-to-date with the current trends and products. At times, I enjoy going back to the basics. Grab an orange vest, your old .22 rifle, and head into a woodlot to look for gray squirrels. The small game season in Connecticut is lengthy; there are ample locations to visit, the equipment needed is not costly, and the opportunity to be successful is great. What an ideal way to introduce a new hunter to the sport. Become a mentor and share your knowledge. Also, consider giving the person who introduced you to the sport a call. A walk in the woods with an old friend not only brings back memories but creates new ones.
Through education, outreach, and enforcement, the EnCon 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.
I remind you to stay safe while visiting our state parks, forests, and waterways and wish you a great year.
Acting Colonel Jeffrey Samorajczyk
State Environmental Conservation Police