FWS Refuge LE Officer chats with FWS Director Martha Williams in Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
FWS Refuge LE Officer chats with FWS Director Martha Williams in Vieques National Wildlife Refuge Puerto Rico

DOI Law Enforcement Task Force

The Task Force will analyze the unique missions of the Department’s law enforcement programs and draft evidence-based recommendations through an equity lens. 

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.  

This Law Enforcement Task Force will focus on ways to strengthen trust in DOI law enforcement programs; ensure appropriate policy and oversight is implemented; and ensure supportive resources are available for officer mental health, wellness, and safety.  

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.  

On July 16, 2022 the Department of the Interior concluded the final of 12 public listening sessions that were announced as part of the Law Enforcement Task Force’s outreach efforts. Public comments and summaries of the listening sessions are posted in this Federal Register Notice.

As announced on October 3, 2022 the Task Force will continue incorporating public comment received during its outreach efforts.  As the Department implements its work to strengthen and modernize the workforce, let us know your thoughts by emailing:  DOI_LE_Taskforce_External@ios.doi.gov.

Tommy Beaudreau

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