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Enforcement Section

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers protect wildlife and fisheries resources, promote boating education & safety, hunting & fishing, respond to boating emergencies and are a partner in Delaware's Homeland Security maritime mission.

Specifically, the section employs a "LEAPS" philosophy:

  • Law: Enforce state laws that govern the protection of all fish, wildlife, natural resources and boating activities.
  • Education: Teach the public about the importance of boating and hunter safety and the ethical use of our natural resources.
  • Awareness: Create public awareness of the need to protect, appreciate, conserve and share our natural resources through various programs.
  • Protection: Respond to natural disasters and provide emergency response to all hunting, fishing, and boating accidents.
  • Safety: Ensure the safety of all citizens and visitors who access our State waterways and lands.  

Enforcement news:
Note to all paddle craft users (kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddle boards): USCG Navigation Rules require all vessels using coastal and inland waters of the United States to have a sound signal (whistle or horn) and a wearable life jacket for everyone on board at all times. (Every means of transportation on these waters is a “vessel” under USCG rules.) So please attach a whistle to your life jacket, the only other item required on paddle craft.

Remember to get your boat registration renewed if necessary, check the date on your flares, and make sure you fire extinguisher is fully charged.    

Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Youth Academy

2017 NRP Youth Academies Flyer

NRP Basic Youth Academy Requirements

NRP Advanced Youth Academy Requirements

2017 NRP Youth Academies Application

Applications should be mailed to:
   Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police
   89 Kings Highway
   Dover, DE 19901
   Attn: Capt. Brian Pollock

Applications can also be scanned and e-mailed to; however, notarized originals must still be mailed to the address above.  

The Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Youth Academy is a free one-week program designed to teach youth about protecting Delaware's natural resources and nurturing the relationship between law enforcement officers and the community. Participants will attend a mock police academy where they will learn about various aspects of natural resources law enforcement, boating and hunting safety, and will participate in field activities. Each participant of the NRP Basic Youth Academy will receive both their hunter and boating safety certifications.

Academy dates and locations: 

  • Basic Youth Academy, June 26-30
    Little Creek Hunter Education & Training Center
    3018 Bayside Drive
    Dover, DE 19901

  • Basic Youth Academy, July 10-14 Ommelanden Hunter Education & Training Center
    1205 River Road
    New Castle, DE 19720

  • Advanced Youth Academy, August 1-5
    Ommelanden Hunter Education & Training Center
    1205 River Road
    New Castle, DE 19720

For more information:
Please contact Capt. Brian Pollock at (302) 365-8703.

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