Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement program at the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge is designed to help visitors enjoy the refuge and understand and obey wildlife protection, traffic and other public safety laws. Refuge law enforcement officers work closely with state, other federal and local government offices to enforce federal and state regulations that protect wildlife from illegal take and protect visitors and other people using the wildlife refuge. Officers also play a role in the successful management of refuge lands and maintaining high quality visitor experiences. 

If you have an emergency, report it immediately by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office at 787-741- 2138 (Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm). Our office is not always staffed and we do not have a dispatcher available to take emergency calls. However, the Puerto Rico Commonwealth Police Department (PRPD) in Vieques is always staffed and will work to contact the USFWS. 

In addition to the USFWS officer, the PRPD may dispatch their own officers, Municipal Police Officers or PR Department of Natural Resource Rangers. The Vieques PRPD can be contacted at any time at 787-741-2020. Immediately report the incident and ask them to contact the federal officer on duty. This officer will coordinate efforts with the PRPD and respond to the situation. Depending on the nature of the emergency, they may also contact the Puerto Rico Fire Department (787-741-2111) or Ambulance/Rescue Services (787- 741-1616).

In case of emergency, please dial the Emergency 911 system.