Law Enforcement Operations

032 FW 4
FWM Number
Originating Office
Office of Law Enforcement

This chapter is amended by Director's Order 162.

4.1 General Provisions. Regional Directors may exercise all the authority of the Director for the conduct of Service law enforcement operations, except as indicated below.

4.2 Enforcement of Federal Fish and Wildlife Laws.

A. Limitations. Regional Directors' authority in 4.1 does not include the following:

(1) Approval of undercover law enforcement projects other than those of a local and limited nature, and as defined in 445 FW 5 (now in 3 LE 12.6) as class I and class II undercover operations.

(2) Payment of funds to individuals for information or evidence concerning violations of laws administered by the Service in excess of $1,000 per individual.

(3) Payment of funds to individuals for confidential, miscellaneous, or emergency purchases for law enforcement activities in excess of $1,000.

B. Redelegations. Subject to the limitations above, Regional Directors may redelegate their authority to Assistant Regional Directors for Law Enforcement.

4.3 Bonding. Regional Directors are authorized to accept surety bonds or other security in accordance with applicable Service directives and 50 CFR to secure the release of fish and wildlife seized under authority of pertinent provisions of the Lacey Act, 16 U.S.C. 3371-3378; Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1531-1543; and Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, 16 U.S.C. 1361-1384, 1401-1407. This authority may be redelegated to Assistant Regional Directors for Law Enforcement.

4.4 Relinquishing Legislative Jurisdiction. Regional Directors are authorized to relinquish (change) legislative jurisdiction to a State, Commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States on lands or interests under Service control. This includes all lands or interests acquired or withdrawn by the Service regardless of existing legislative jurisdiction. This authority may not be redelegated.