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Title: Crime in woods: role of law enforcement officers in national forests

Author: Tynon, Joanne F.; Chavez, Deborah J.; Baur, Joshua W. R.;

Date: 2010

Source: Managing Leisure. 15(4): 251-263

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: This first nationwide study of US Forest Service (USFS) law enforcement officers (LEOs) examined respondents’ roles in the USFS, what they perceived as their highest work priority, and what their relationship with the rest of the USFS should be. Results show that LEOs believe they have a high priority for protecting forest users and they believe that National Forest System line officers have higher priorities for protecting resources, employees, and public property. LEOs are evenly divided about whether their authority and jurisdiction are adequate for what they feel is expected or demanded of them. Results suggest a need for change in budgeting, staffing, and communicating organizational priorities. Despite these concerns, many LEOs expressed a desire to work for the public good, keep visitors safe, and protect the land base.

Keywords: USFS, law enforcement, officer perceptions, public safety, national forests, outdoor recreation

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Tynon, Joanne F.; Chavez, Deborah J.; Baur, Joshua W. R. 2010. Crime in woods: role of law enforcement officers in national forests. Managing Leisure. 15(4): 251-263.


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