DEEP: 1995 - 100th Anniversaryof Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police Celebrated

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100th Anniversary of Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police Celebrated
(1995)

Background

In 1995 DEPís Division of Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police marked its 100th year of active service to the State of Connecticut. The EnCon unit traces its history back to 1895, with the establishment of "Special Game Protectors" by the Commission of Fisheries & Game. These early wardens took over the work previously done by individual towns and counties. Providing the "Special Game Protectors" with jurisdiction across the entire state set Connecticut on a course of consistent regulation and management of natural and sport resources.

In 1913, with the establishment of the State Parks Commission, the work of the Special Game Protectors evolved to include oversight of thousands of acres of land dedicated to our growing state park and forest system. The officers helped to ensure that fish and game regulations and licensing laws were enforced and their investigations helped protect the stateís lands and resources.

By Earth Day 1970, the entity that was to become todayís DEPís EnCon Police unit was already 75 years old and the responsibilities of its officers had grown substantially. At the time, Connecticutís State Parks then embraced more than 27,000 acres of land. There were additional tens of thousands of acres of state forest, literally hundreds of miles of streams and 255 coastal miles of Long Island Sound waters to oversee. In addition, their charge had grown to include not only the responsibilities of enforcing Connecticutís fish and game laws and regulations, they had also become Deputy Special Agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service.

Today, the 47 DEP EnCon officers are the longest serving state law enforcement entity in Connecticut boasting 115 years of active service. These onetime "Special Game Protectors" are now multi-disciplined law enforcement agents, search and rescue responders, and natural resource protectors that keep our residents, our parks and forests and our resources safe and help ensure that safety for generations to come.

 
"What makes all of our officers exceptional is that in addition to their traditional law enforcement duties, they are specially trained to protect Connecticutís natural resources and wildlife, and help to ensure the security and safety of all who reside in or visit our state."
Governor M. Jodi Rell - February 20, 2009