Isolated Patrols • Public does not see the officer • Radio dispatching • Lost contact with public • Contributes to “us versus them” Community Based • Allows citizens to put a face to officers • Allows officers to have meaningful contact with public • Let both sides get to know one another New Program • Develop close working relationship with citizens • Be proactive • Dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people • Promote mission of VDGIF Expand Contacts • Community-based • Flexible to adapt to needs of each community • Everyone within community • Everyone encouraged to provide input • Each person should be made to feel their interest/concern is as important as anyone’s House Bill 38 Constituent Studies Introduction House Bill 38 • Reallocates existing sales tax collections to VDGIF Game Protection Fund Amount • Based on the latest National Survey, agency will receive $12.3 million in FY 2001 • Additional funding capped at $13 million How was HB38 supported? • Received support from consumptive & nonconsumptive users • Passed both houses of VA General Assembly unanimously Important Implications of HB38 • Creates new environment for the agency in terms of resources AND constituent base • Increases current agency budget from approximately $36 million to $48 million Political Realities • Newly empowered constituents expect to be served by agency • At the same time, traditional users - hunters, anglers and boaters - wish to retain their status as primary constituents Virginians’ Attitudes Toward Fish, Wildlife, and Outdoor Recreation Survey of 806 Virginia State Residents More Than One-Half Are Interested in Information • About viewing wildlife • What to do with injured wildlife • Dealing with nuisance wildlife • Enjoying wildlife around their homes Within The Last Two Years Took trip to watch/photo Fished 20 Went boating/jet ski Hunted 42 36 9 0 20 40 60 Percent Responsive Management (N=157) Virginia Wildlife Viewers’ Attitudes Toward Nonconsumptive Wildlife Use Survey of 811 Virginia Nonconsumptive Wildlife Users Non-Consumptive User Want info on viewing wildlife 67 Want info on how to get invloved with wildlife 68 Interested in wildlife within 1 mile of home 85 Would Take a trip 66 Took trip of 1 mile to observe, photo, feed wildlife 33 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent Responsive Management (N=4) Virginia Hunters’ Attitudes Toward Hunting and Wildlife Management Survey of 826 Licensed Virginia Hunters Hunters Survey Hunters fet access to private land is poor 35 Felt access has gotten worse in last five years 64 Wants info on how to get involved 64 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent Responsive Management (N=826) Virginia Anglers’ Attitudes Toward Fishing and Fisheries Management Survey of 793 Licensed Virginia Anglers Anglers Survey Travel less than two hours 84 Wants VDGIF to encourage landowners 40 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent Responsive Management (N=826) Virginia Boaters’ Attitudes Toward Boating Survey of 849 Virginia Boaters Boaters for Mandatory Boating Safety Classes Strongly support 41 Somewhat support 22 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent Responsive Management (N=849) People boating in Virginia during the past two years, that experienced any interference from jet skiers that took away from their enjoyment Boaters 43 Anglers 25 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent Responsive Management (N=849) Virginia Landowners’ Attitudes Toward Fish and Wildlife Management Survey of 291 Virginia Landowners Q18-23. Percent of Virginia landowners that felt that each of the following is important (very and somewhat), for their tract of land. Caring for/protecting fish/wildlife and their 93 habitats Wildlife viewing 92 Hunting 82 Farming 80 Timber production 76 Fishing 67 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent Responsive Management (N=291) Q70-73. Percent of Virginia landowners who said that legal liability is a concern (major and minor) when considering allowing access to their land for… Outdoor recreation 81 Hunting 75 Wildlife viewing 56 Fishing 49 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent Responsive Management (N=291) Q74. Prior to this survey, would you say you were familiar with this [recreational use] statute, you knew about it but were unclear how much protection it really provided, or you were totally unaware that a law like this existed? Familiar with the law 5 Knew about it, but unclear how much 12 protection in really provided Totally unaware it existed 83 Don't know 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent Responsive Management (N=291) Research Conducted • What programs were available to strengthen ties between the communities and VDGIF • Material on wildlife and environmental issues related to crime prevention very limited • “Neighborhood Watch” programs have been successful for other law enforcement agencies Materials Developed • In order to provide direction and uniformity developed a Wildlife Crime Watch Manual • Recognizable logo • Road Signs for participating communities • Hand out brochures patterned after crime prevention literature based on wildlife and environmental issues Agency Wide Program • Wardens act as liaisons • Biologist will be available upon request of communities participating • Biologist will be able to present their concerns to communities • Plans for web site quick link Why Wildlife Crime Watch? • Most law enforcement efforts are re-active • Damage is already done • Put emphasis on preventing damage by eliminating the opportunity for violators • Communities can make a difference in what goes on in their area • Law enforcement understaffed Manual Contents • VDGIF Mission • The Role of Law Statement Enforcement in WCW • Why WCW • Pro-Active Efforts • Starting WCW • Sponsors • The WCW Meeting • The Role of Members • Resources • Problem Solving • References • Organizational Structure • Blank forms such as • Phone Trees bylaws etc. Emphasis on Wildlife and the Environment • Put emphasis on issues important to VDGIF • Give in order to get • Give traditional crime prevention training • Act as liaisons with other agencies • Get them interested in items important to VDGIF Communities Set Agendas • Each one decides on meeting schedule • Each one is encouraged to define the problem(s) as they see them • Emphasis working together • Have at least one community event, pot luck supper, etc. Liaison Officers • Coordinate training • Put on programs sessions which further the • Emphasis on how to mission of VDGIF report suspicious • Develop partnerships activities with other agencies to • Explain how to use assist participating Phone Tree communities Emphasis • Developing • Develop understanding understanding among between outdoor citizens of the diverse recreationalists and uses of wildlife landowners • Importance to allow • Share concerns of all others to practice their groups sport • All age groups from • Not to be possessive to youth to elderly are the point excludes important others Emphasis on Youth • Conduct programs of interest to them, internet • Conduct outdoor programs • Stress they are the future leaders • Build trust and cooperation Partnerships • Due to financial constraints funding for this program will come from forming partnerships with businesses, or groups • Funding needed for signs, bumper stickers, tee- shirts and other items to develop an identity. • Buchanan County Board of Supervisors, Virginia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Virginia Deer Hunters Association Road Signs 2’ X 3’ First WCW Chapter • In October of 1999 • Warden Troy Phillips Buchanan County met with Ralph opened for deer season McGlothlin first time in over 20 • Warden Phillips years obtained support from • Effort was made to Buchanan County limit hunting by Board of Supervisors concerned citizens • Fletchers Ridge Chapter formed with 38 people Media Contact • Television • Newspapers • Stress agency wide effort • Stress try to involve everyone • Stress to improve cooperation Dedication This program is dedicated in the memory of Lieutenant R. W. (Wayne) Marshall: Law Enforcement Division of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.