Office of Law Enforcement
Protecting Wildlife and Plant Resources
Professional Responsibility Unit

The Professional Responsibility Unit (PRU) is a criminal investigative unit whose primary function is to investigate allegations of misconduct by Service law enforcement officers from both the Office of Law Enforcement and the National Wildlife Refuge System and their supervisors. The PRU works directly for the Assistant Director, Office of Law Enforcement. The PRU is located at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and can conduct investigations in all states and U.S. territories.

The PRU conducts both criminal and administrative investigations for the Service of other non-law enforcement Service employees when asked based on the seriousness of the alleged offense. It also handles matters that do not fit elsewhere and other special assignments as well as workplace violence threats and threats made to Service employees.

The PRU maintains a hotline answering service and email system to facilitate the reporting of allegations of misconduct, fraud, waste, abuse, and/or mismanagement in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) programs or operations. You are encouraged to contact the PRU Special Agent in Charge Scott Colgan directly.

Telephone — PRU Special Agent in Charge: (304) 870-7199

FWS Hotline's Number: (703) 358-2087

Individuals who contact the Hotline are not required to identify themselves. However, persons who report allegations are encouraged to identify themselves in the event additional questions arise as the PRU evaluates their allegations. Allegations with limited details or merit may be held in abeyance until further specific details are reported or obtained.

Last updated: May 6, 2021