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March.13, 2024 Suggested Tweet: The @MyFWC one of the first of five agencies in the country to
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FWC one of first five agencies in U.S. to seek accreditation in North American Wildlife Law
Enforcement Accreditation Program 

Continuing its record of dedication to the preservation and protection of Florida’s natural resources.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement
announces it will be one of the first five agencies joining Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina and
Virginia in the pursuit of accreditation in the North American Wildlife Law Enforcement
Accreditation program.   

The mission of the FWC Division of Law Enforcement is to protect Florida’s natural resources and
people through proactive and responsive law enforcement services. NAWLEA develops and establishes
standards for professionalism and effectiveness in protecting natural resources. The formal mechanism it
provides will enable the FWC to systematically and objectively measure, evaluate and update its success. 

“We recognize the importance of public confidence in conservation law enforcement,” said Col. Brian
Smith, director of the FWC Division of Law Enforcement. “Earning this accreditation will serve as a
testament to FWC’s dedication to transparency, professionalism and the highest standards of service for
the people of Florida.” 

The accreditation process will not only enhance FWC’s wildlife conservation law enforcement capabilities
but also contribute to the overall improvement of the profession. There are approximately 70 standards that
must be met and the goals established by NAWLEA include: 

-Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of natural resource law enforcement agencies in the delivery of
-Promoting cooperation and coordination among all components in the criminal justice system and the
-Ensuring appropriate training for natural resource law enforcement personnel.
-Promoting public confidence in natural resource law enforcement.
-Elevating the professionalism of law enforcement agencies involved in the NAWLEA process. 

The North American Wildlife Law Enforcement Accreditation program plays a vital role in advancing the
natural resources law enforcement profession. By establishing and maintaining rigorous standards, NAWLEA
ensures that agencies across North America adhere to best practices, fostering a culture of excellence and
accountability. For more information about NAWLEA, visit

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