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Charter of the Law Enforcement Committee

Revised March 18, 2021

The Board of Wildlife Resources hereby constitutes and establishes a Law Enforcement Committee (hereafter referred to as the Committee) with responsibility and specific duties as described below.


As presented in the Board’s Governance Manual, the Law Enforcement Committee is to evaluate the long-term needs of the Commonwealth’s and the Department’s law enforcement resources, and to draft recommendations and/or policies addressing those needs for consideration by the entire Board. This Committee will also assess the needs, desires, and impacts of the users of these resources and provide guidance to the full Board as described above.


The Committee shall be comprised of three (3) members of the Board of Wildlife Resources consisting of the Board Chair, Vice Chair and one other member. Committee members shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Board with each member to serve a term as determined by the Board Chair at the time of Committee appointment. A quorum of the Committee shall consist of two members entitled to vote at a meeting.


The Committee is to serve as the Board’s primary workgroup to address such issues as, but not necessarily limited to law enforcement and its function within the Department and the Commonwealth as it relates to the agency’s overall missions.


The Committee generally meets at least four (4) times each fiscal year, with additional meetings as deemed necessary by the Committee. Fewer meetings may be approved by the Board under extenuating circumstances. The Chair may request the Director to have Department staff members be present at meetings of the Committee to provide information and/or expertise regarding the business matters, issues, and discussion topics of the Committee.


The minutes of each Committee meeting are to be prepared and distributed for review to Committee members. Minutes will be approved at the next scheduled Committee meeting.

Specific Duties:

  1. Serve as a forum for discussion of specific legislative initiatives for the Law Enforcement Program areas and make recommendations to the full Board for consideration and/or action.
  2. Review and periodically assess the Department’s Law Enforcement Programs to determine that these programs continue to be aligned with the agency’s mission and strategic vision/plan. Recommend changes if needed.
  3. Consider and make recommendations on the Capital Program needs of the Department as it relates to the potential for law enforcement services and function.
  4. Conduct assessments of the needs, desires and impacts of various resource users and Department constituents and provide guidance to the full Board.