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Subject:     Use of the Incident Management and Analysis Reporting System (FWS-IMARS) (formerly known as LE-IMAGS)


Sec. 1 What is the purpose of this Order?


a. This Order requires Fish and Wildlife Officers (FWOs) in the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Law Enforcement program to use the Law Enforcement Incident Management and Analysis Reporting System (FWS-IMARS), formerly known as LE-IMAGS. They may not use any other system/database to track, store, or manage case file information.


b. In Fiscal Year 2013, FWS-IMARS will be bridged into the Departmentwide case file management system.


Sec. 2 What is the scope of this Order? This Order applies to all FWOs in the Refuge Law Enforcement program.


Sec. 3 What does FWS-IMARS do, and why is its use required?


a. FWS-IMARS tracks and assists with the workloads of FWOs and provides employee administrative information for Human Resource activities. The system:


(1) Provides a process for investigative case file review and approval;


(2) Tracks officers’ employment information, training, and qualifications;


(3) Records, tracks, and helps us to monitor the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP);


(4) Provides a mechanism for sending written serious incident reports directly to designated officers; and


(5) Compiles the annual Uniform Crime Report.


b. Using FWS-IMARS:


(1) Improves efficiency and optimizes the availability of information to FWOs and their supervisors;


(2) Ensures reporting consistency for the Refuge Law Enforcement program across all Regions;


(3) Leverages our best information technology capabilities to assist the Refuge System to accomplish its mission; and


(4) Promotes officer safety by providing officers immediate access to a Web-based crime database.


Sec. 4 When is this Order effective? This Order is effective January 1, 2013. It remains in effect until incorporated into the Service Manual or until amended, superseded, or revoked, whichever comes first. If not incorporated into the Service Manual, the Order will expire 18 months from the date of signature.






                                                                        /sgd/ Rowan W. Gould

                                                                         Deputy DIRECTOR

Date: January 10, 2013


For specific information on the content of this Director's Order, contact the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement. For more information about the Web site, contact Krista Bibb  in the Division of Policy and Directives Management.


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