DOI Law Enforcement Task Force

Interior Department Releases New Report Outlining Improvements for Law Enforcement Programs.
The Law Enforcement Task Force report lists 12 overarching recommendations.  

On July 7, 2021 Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued a memorandum establishing a Law Enforcement Task Force to develop meaningful solutions to assist law enforcement and communities in strengthening trust and collaboration, while ushering the Nation into the next phase of community-focused law enforcement.  

The Law Enforcement Task Force focused on ways to enhance the trust afforded to Interior Department law enforcement, support the safety, health and wellness of officers, and ensure that law enforcement programs effectively continue to provide for safe and equitable access to public lands and the free exercise of fundamental rights in public spaces.  

The Task Force, led by Deputy Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau, has a Working Group comprised of law enforcement representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and the DOI Office of Law Enforcement and Security.  

As part of the outreach efforts, the Task Force held listening sessions, invited public comment, engaged with Tribal stakeholders, and coordinated various internal and external questionnaires to ensure that a wide range of perspectives were included in the new recommendations.    

“I am grateful for the leadership of Deputy Secretary Beaudreau and the members of the Task Force who have spent months listening to the public and our workforce to develop recommendations that will help ensure law enforcement officers have what they need to do their job and help the Department lead the way towards community-centered law enforcement that ensures transparency and accountability,” said Secretary Deb Haaland in the announcement on October 27, 2023, releasing the new Law Enforcement Task Force report.   

Learn more about Interior’s Law Enforcement Programs:

  • BIA OJS in hall of tribal nations in Main Interior Building - DC
    The mission of the BIA Office of Justice Services (OJS) is to uphold Tribal sovereignty and provide for the safety of Indian communities by ensuring the protection of life and property, enforcing laws, maintaining justice and order.

    Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services

  • BLM Law Enforcement North Sand Hills image
    BLM Law Enforcement supports the Agency's multiple-use mission by enforcing laws and regulations that advance public safety and resource protection on BLM-managed public lands.

    Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement

  • USFWS NWRSLW Horse and canine patrol
    Federal Wildlife Officers are professional law enforcement officers entrusted with protecting natural resources and public safety. Law enforcement is central to the effective management of fish and wildlife resources on national wildlife refuges.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System Law Enforcement

    Law enforcement is essential to wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement

  • US Park Ranger on boat patrol on Lake Mead
    The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

    National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger Program

  • Mounted USPP near Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco field office
    The United States Park Police support and further the mission and goals of the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service by providing quality law enforcement to safeguard lives, protect our national treasures and symbols of democracy, and preserve the natural and cultural resources entrusted to us.

    United States Park Police

  • BOR dam with United States flag
    The BOR Security Response Force (SRF) exists to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of water and power to the American public. SRF will protect our employees and public on Reclamation lands. SRF will defend generation assets, transmission assets and cultural resources.

    Bureau of Reclamation Security Response Force