Indiana Conservation Officers will soon extend their Central Dispatch Center to a 24-hour operation in order to maintain radio contact with Conservation Officers across the state.
The Central Dispatch Center currently operates daily from 7 a.m. to midnight. The 24-hour operation will begin at midnight Oct. 29. Central Dispatch is located at Paynetown State Recreation Area on Monroe Lake near Bloomington.
Maj. Michael Portteus said, “For the first time in the history of the DNR Law Enforcement Division, Indiana Conservation Officers may be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (812) 837-9536.”
Conservation Officers work in 10 operational districts and have at least one officer in every county when fully staffed at 214 officers. Their primary duties are to enforce laws pertaining to natural resources, fish and wildlife rules and regulations, boating laws and recreational laws. Primary patrol areas include state properties, state waterways and rural locations.
Central Dispatch also will answer calls to the Turn-In-a-Poacher hotline (1-800-TIP-IDNR).