All children under the age of 13 must WEAR a United States Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device while underway on a recreational vessel under 21 feet in length on Maryland waters.
A relic of the Oyster Police of the 1800s, the cannon was used to protect the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty during the “oyster wars” of the 19th century. We descend from both the State Oyster Police and the Office of the State Game Warden.
We are the lead law enforcement agency for maritime incidents on Maryland waterways that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the United States Coast Guard.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is the enforcement arm of the
Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with statewide police authority
in all cases.
The mission of the men and women of our police force is to protect Maryland's residents and visitors on public lands and waterways. It also is charged with protecting fish and wildlife and leading search and rescue efforts. In addition, Natural Resources Police is the state's lead maritime homeland security agency.
With an authorized strength of 278 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and
volunteers, the Natural Resources Police carries out its mission by remaining faithful to its core values of courtesy, integrity, dedication and professionalism.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)