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Law Enforcement


To serve, protect, and educate the citizens of, and visitors to, the state of Illinois in their outdoor recreational endeavors.

To be a vigilant guardian of the natural resources, public safety, and  homeland security of Illinois.

To assist the public in their times of need; routine and emergency.

To educate the inadvertent violator of conservation law, by taking an appropriate level of enforcement action to achieve this goal.

To relentlessly pursue, with full statewide police authority, deliberate offenders and bring them before the courts for the administration of  justice.

To maintain the highest level of professional standards, integrity, and  conduct.

This we pledge to the Citizens of Illinois.

The Office of Law Enforcement supports the Department's programs designed to protect Illinois' natural and recreational resources through enforcement of those portions of the Illinois Compiled Statutes enacted for that purpose. Conservation Police Officers are vested with full state-wide police authority and are trained to the highest standards for law enforcement professionals in Illinois.  

In addition to these enforcement responsibilities, Conservation Police Officers serve as an important link between the Department and its various constituencies (civic groups, sportsmen's groups, sport shows, etc.). These officers are called upon to assist outside agencies in emergency situations or rescue operations. They participate in the instruction of conservation related statutes to outside agencies, law enforcement organizations, or educational institutions upon request.