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Isolated Patrols. Public does not see the officer Radio dispatching Lost contact with public Contributes to “us versus them”. Community Based. Allows citizens to put a face to officers Allows officers to have meaningful contact with public Let both sides get to know one another.

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isolated patrols
IsolatedPatrols
  • Public does not see the officer
  • Radio dispatching
  • Lost contact with public
  • Contributes to “us versus them”
community based
Community Based
  • Allows citizens to put a face to officers
  • Allows officers to have meaningful contact with public
  • Let both sides get to know one another
new program
New Program
  • Develop close working relationship with citizens
  • Be proactive
  • Dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people
  • Promote mission of VDGIF
expand contacts
Expand Contacts
  • Community-based
  • Flexible to adapt to needs of each community
  • Everyone within community
  • Everyone encouraged to provide input
  • Each person should be made to feel their interest/concern is as important as anyone’s
house bill 38
House Bill 38
  • Reallocates existing sales tax collections to VDGIF Game Protection Fund Amount
  • Based on the latest National Survey, agency will receive $12.3 million in FY 2001
  • Additional funding capped at $13 million
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How was HB38 supported?

  • Received support from consumptive & nonconsumptive users
  • Passed both houses of VA General Assembly unanimously
important implications of hb38
Important Implications of HB38
  • Creates new environment for the agency in terms of resources AND constituent base
  • Increases current agency budget from approximately $36 million to $48 million
political realities
Political Realities
  • Newly empowered constituents expect to be served by agency
  • At the same time, traditional users - hunters, anglers and boaters - wish to retain their status as primary constituents
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Virginians’ Attitudes Toward Fish, Wildlife, and Outdoor Recreation

Survey of 806 Virginia State Residents

more than one half are interested in information
More Than One-Half Are Interested in Information
  • About viewing wildlife
  • What to do with injured wildlife
  • Dealing with nuisance wildlife
  • Enjoying wildlife around their homes
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Within The Last Two Years

Responsive Management

Percent (N=157)

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Virginia Wildlife Viewers’ Attitudes Toward Nonconsumptive Wildlife Use

Survey of 811 Virginia Nonconsumptive Wildlife Users

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Non-Consumptive User

Percent (N=4)

Responsive Management

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Virginia Hunters’ Attitudes Toward Hunting and Wildlife Management

Survey of 826 Licensed Virginia Hunters

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Hunters Survey

Percent (N=826)

Responsive Management

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Virginia Anglers’ Attitudes Toward Fishing and Fisheries Management

Survey of 793 Licensed Virginia Anglers

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Anglers Survey

Percent (N=826)

Responsive Management

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Virginia Boaters’ Attitudes Toward Boating

Survey of 849 Virginia Boaters

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Boaters for Mandatory Boating Safety Classes

Percent (N=849)

Responsive Management

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People boating in Virginia during the past two years, that experienced any interference from jet skiers that took away from their enjoyment

Percent (N=849)

Responsive Management

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Virginia Landowners’ Attitudes Toward Fish and Wildlife Management

Survey of 291 Virginia Landowners

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Q18-23. Percent of Virginia landowners that felt that each of the following is important (very and somewhat), for their tract of land.

Percent (N=291)

Responsive Management

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Q70-73. Percent of Virginia landowners who said that legal liability is a concern (major and minor) when considering allowing access to their land for…

Percent (N=291)

Responsive Management

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Q74. Prior to this survey, would you say you were familiar with this [recreational use] statute, you knew about it but were unclear how much protection it really provided, or you were totally unaware that a law like this existed?

Percent (N=291)

Responsive Management

research conducted
Research Conducted
  • What programs were available to strengthen ties between the communities and VDGIF
  • Material on wildlife and environmental issues related to crime prevention very limited
  • “Neighborhood Watch” programs have been successful for other law enforcement agencies
materials developed
Materials Developed
  • In order to provide direction and uniformity developed a Wildlife Crime Watch Manual
  • Recognizable logo
  • Road Signs for participating communities
  • Hand out brochures patterned after crime prevention literature based on wildlife and environmental issues
agency wide program
Agency Wide Program
  • Wardens act as liaisons
  • Biologist will be available upon request of communities participating
  • Biologist will be able to present their concerns to communities
  • Plans for web site quick link
why wildlife crime watch
Why Wildlife Crime Watch?
  • Most law enforcement efforts are re-active
  • Damage is already done
  • Put emphasis on preventing damage by eliminating the opportunity for violators
  • Communities can make a difference in what goes on in their area
  • Law enforcement understaffed
manual contents
VDGIF Mission Statement

Why WCW

Starting WCW

The WCW Meeting

The Role of Members

Problem Solving

Organizational Structure

Phone Trees

The Role of Law Enforcement in WCW

Pro-Active Efforts

Sponsors

Resources

References

Blank forms such as bylaws etc.

Manual Contents
emphasis on wildlife and the environment
Emphasis on Wildlife and the Environment
  • Put emphasis on issues important to VDGIF
  • Give in order to get
  • Give traditional crime prevention training
  • Act as liaisons with other agencies
  • Get them interested in items important to VDGIF
communities set agendas
Communities Set Agendas
  • Each one decides on meeting schedule
  • Each one is encouraged to define the problem(s) as they see them
  • Emphasis working together
  • Have at least one community event, pot luck supper, etc.
liaison officers
Coordinate training sessions

Emphasis on how to report suspicious activities

Explain how to use Phone Tree

Put on programs which further the mission of VDGIF

Develop partnerships with other agencies to assist participating communities

Liaison Officers
emphasis
Developing understanding between outdoor recreationalists and landowners

Share concerns of all groups

All age groups from youth to elderly are important

Develop understanding among citizens of the diverse uses of wildlife

Importance to allow others to practice their sport

Not to be possessive to the point excludes others

Emphasis
emphasis on youth
Emphasis on Youth
  • Conduct programs of interest to them, internet
  • Conduct outdoor programs
  • Stress they are the future leaders
  • Build trust and cooperation
partnerships
Partnerships
  • Due to financial constraints funding for this program will come from forming partnerships with businesses, or groups
  • Funding needed for signs, bumper stickers, tee-shirts and other items to develop an identity.
  • Buchanan County Board of Supervisors, Virginia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Virginia Deer Hunters Association
first wcw chapter
In October of 1999 Buchanan County opened for deer season first time in over 20 years

Effort was made to limit hunting by concerned citizens

Warden Troy Phillips met with Ralph McGlothlin

Warden Phillips obtained support from Buchanan County Board of Supervisors

Fletchers Ridge Chapter formed with 38 people

First WCW Chapter
media contact
Media Contact
  • Television
  • Newspapers
  • Stress agency wide effort
  • Stress try to involve everyone
  • Stress to improve cooperation
dedication
Dedication

This program is dedicated in the memory of Lieutenant R. W. (Wayne) Marshall: Law Enforcement Division of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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