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As Superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, I invite you to examine our web page to familiarize yourself with Maryland's oldest state law enforcement organization, and one of the oldest conservation law enforcement organizations in the United States. Please follow the link provided below to learn more about the Maryland Natural Resources Police and its history and traditions. I think you will find the experience both interesting and illuminating.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is a public safety agency with statewide authority to enforce conservation, boating, and criminal laws, as well as to provide primary law enforcement services for Maryland's state parks, state forests, and public lands owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Maryland Natural Resources Police is also designated as the state's lead agency for homeland security on Maryland waters.

Maryland is often referred to as "America in Miniature" and the beauty and diversity of its geography and natural resources warrants that nickname. From Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore, you will find dedicated Natural Resources Police officers sworn to protect and preserve Maryland's natural resources, and to provide professional services to Maryland citizens and visitors to the state. The Maryland Natural Resources Police mission, and its operations, are based on education, awareness, and enforcement, with an emphasis on courtesy, integrity, and professionalism; and my personal philosophy in regard to public service and law enforcement is to always do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do.

Yes, Maryland offers virtually unlimited opportunity to enjoy its natural resources, and the Maryland Natural Resources Police is dedicated to protecting the state's natural resources, and ensuring a safe environment for you to enjoy them. I hope that you will enjoy your outdoor experiences in Maryland, and that you will join with the Maryland Natural Resources Police in preserving our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.

Colonel George F. Johnson IV

George F. Johnson IV

Superintendent, Maryland Natural Resources Police

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General Information: 410-260-8880

Emergencies: 410-260-8888

Catch-A-Poacher: 1-800-635-6124

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Education: 410-643-8502

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