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Conservation officers

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Conservation officers

Michigan DNR conservation officers protect Michigan’s natural resources, the environment, and the health and safety of the public through effective law enforcement and education.

COs patrol and enforce laws and regulations specific to the jurisdiction of the DNR, including:

  • Fish and wildlife.
  • State parks.
  • Trails.
  • State forests.
  • Recreational activities such as off-road vehicle riding, snowmobiling and boating.

As fully licensed law enforcement officers through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, COs respond to general criminal situations and are first responders to a variety of natural disasters and emergencies who often work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Become a CO

Academy, recruiters, hiring process and frequently asked questions to become a conservation officer.

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Conservation Officer Biweekly Reports

Reports detailing the activity of the COs in the field from across the state.

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Locate an Officer

Map of the nine DNR law enforcement districts, with contact information. If you witness a natural resource violation, immediately contact Report All Poaching.

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Fallen Officers

Remembering officers who died in the line of duty.

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