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Natural Resources Police

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has three Natural Resources Police units that work with the public to ensure safety, investigate environmental crimes, and make sure that Delawareans and visitors to the state can enjoy Delaware’s natural resources.

Natural Resources Police Officers

They are the Environmental Crimes Unit, the Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police, and the State Park Enforcement Officers.

Please Contact Us

The Department maintains several 800 number hotlines (listed below), online reporting pages and the Tip411 app to help people connect with Natural Resources Police officers, view alerts, and submit anonymous tips via their smartphones.

The Department offers a smartphone app to give the public an easy way to report environmental crimes and concerns. The Delaware Natural Resources Police (DENRP) Tip411 app also gives Natural Resources Police a tool to share important information with the public.

Documents and Links

DNREC Natural Resources Police Response to Resistance Policy

Executive Order 41: Policing Strategies

Career Opportunities with the Natural Resources Police


The Environmental Crimes Unit

The Environmental Crimes Unit investigates violations of environmental laws. The unit focuses on unlawful releases of liquid, solid, and hazardous wastes and on air pollution violations.

Report these issues to Environmental Crimes Unit:

  • Illegal dumping
  • Open burning violations
  • Unlawful asbestos removal
  • Illegal transportation of solid or hazardous waste
  • Water quality violations for wells and failing septic systems
  • Illegal disposal of wastewater

Environmental Complaints and Emergency Response

800-662-8802

Text ECUTIP to TIP411 (847411)

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigate hunting, fishing, and boating violations. They patrol Delaware waterways, state wildlife areas, and state-owned boating access areas, fishing ponds and piers.

Report these issues to the Natural Resources Police:

  • Hunting and boating accidents
  • Illegal hunting
  • Illegal fishing
  • Boating safety violations

Poaching complaints can also be reported through Operation Game Theft. For non-emergency calls, please use 302-739-9913.

Hunting, Fishing, and Boating Violations

800-523-3336

Text FWTIP to TIP411 (847411)

Delaware State Park Enforcement Officers

Delaware’s State Park Enforcement Officers patrol Delaware’s state parks. They enforce park rules and regulations and help visitors with accidents, injuries, lost children and other problems.

Report these issues to the State Park Enforcement Officers:

  • Crimes in state parks such as fights, assault, theft, traffic violations, drug or alcohol violations, and domestic abuse
  • Violations of state park rules
  • Lack of surf tags or park passes
  • Noise complaints in state parks
  • Hunting and fishing violations in state parks
  • Damage to natural resources in the parks or to state parks property

For non-emergency calls, please use 302-739-9221.

State Park Enforcement Dispatch

302-739-4580

Text STATEPARKSTIP to TIP411 (847411)

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