PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement

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Operating as usual

07/19/2021

UPDATE: This temporary regulation will be rescinded as of 7/24 at 11 AM.

Temporary Change to Boating Regulations

Conneaut Lake, Crawford County

The Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission, acting under the authority of 58 Pa. Code § 103.3(c) (relating to restrictions for special areas), has taken immediate action to modify boating regulations at Conneaut Lake, Crawford County. Effective with the publication of this notice, boats are limited to slow, no wake speed on the entirety of the lake. The Executive Director has found that this action is necessary and appropriate as hazardous conditions exist that may threaten the safety of persons or property.

The Executive Director will cause this temporary modification to boating regulations to be posted in the vicinity of the lake, and the modified regulation will be fully effective and enforceable when posted. This temporary modification will remain in effect until further notice.

TIMOTHY D. SCHAEFFER
Executive Director

Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!
07/03/2021

Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

Today we welcome six new WaterwaysConservation Officers to our ranks. Best of luck Tyler Crooks, Conner Dobransky, Brian...
06/25/2021

Today we welcome six new WaterwaysConservation Officers to our ranks. Best of luck Tyler Crooks, Conner Dobransky, Brian Guenin, Frank Mahalko III, Christian Trauger & Kyle Wirick.

Hoping everyone have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day while remembering those who sacrificed for all of us.
05/31/2021

Hoping everyone have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day while remembering those who sacrificed for all of us.

Hoping everyone have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day while remembering those who sacrificed for all of us.

Minnesota Conservation Officer Sarah Grell was lost in a line of duty automobile accident. PFBC staff and officers are k...
05/26/2021

Minnesota Conservation Officer Sarah Grell was lost in a line of duty automobile accident. PFBC staff and officers are keeping her family and co-workers in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Rest In Peace Officer Grell, K254

Minnesota Conservation Officer Sarah Grell was lost in a line of duty automobile accident. PFBC staff and officers are keeping her family and co-workers in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Rest In Peace Officer Grell, K254

Ex. Director Tim Schaeffer joined the 23rd WCO Class as they learned how to catch, inventory, and release Timber Rattles...
05/04/2021

Ex. Director Tim Schaeffer joined the 23rd WCO Class as they learned how to catch, inventory, and release Timber Rattlesnakes

Timeline Photos
04/04/2021

Timeline Photos

In Memoriam: Remembering Fish Warden Raymond L. Schroll-

On April 4, 1958, Schroll, the Lycoming County District Fish Warden, and Paul Ranck, a Game Commission officer, were patrolling the Susquehanna River below Williamsport. It had been a wet spring and the river was unusually high and swift. The two officers were returning from checking the duck hatch from Muncy to Williamsport when the swift water became too much for the small craft to handle. The boat capsized, throwing both Officer Schroll and Officer Ranck into the river. Officer Schroll was an excellent swimmer and quickly made it safely to shore. As he exited the water, he turned and saw Officer Ranck clinging to the overturned boat. Without hesitating, Officer Schroll dived back into the water in an attempt to assist his friend. Witnesses say he was gaining on Officer Ranck when Officer Schroll suddenly disappeared under the raging water.

Officer Ranck clung to the boat for over a mile before he was rescued by a volunteer fireman who threw a rope from a bridge over the river. Recovery teams searched unsuccessfully for Officer Schroll in the following few weeks. His body was recovered April 28, 1958, in Lewisburg, PA, over 30 miles downstream.

For the rest of the story, please visit our website: http://ow.ly/7UOe50yL3RU

What are you waiting for?   Time is running out to apply!
03/11/2021
Waterways Conservation Officer Trainee

What are you waiting for? Time is running out to apply!

Do you have a passion for the outdoors? Would you enjoy the opportunity to protect, conserve and enhance fishing and boating opportunities for families and individuals? Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding career? The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is now recruiting for the full t...

Today we remember Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas Benevento who passed away Sunday Feb. 28, 2021.Tom was a member ...
03/02/2021

Today we remember Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas Benevento who passed away Sunday Feb. 28, 2021.

Tom was a member of the 13th WCO Class, graduated in June 1996 and served his entire career in Chester County. He was also a lifelong angler and brought that passion with him to the Commission, finding true joy teaching the next generation to embrace our aquatic resources.

He will be remembered by those he touched over the years, his PFBC family and everyone else who knew him. Our hearts are with his family during this difficult time

Tom will be remembered as a dedicated officer, husband, father and outdoorsman. Now we will remember him with some memories of him doing what he loved.

ATTENTION: are you interested in a career protecting our Commonwealth’s aquatic resources? If so, follow our page. We ex...
02/18/2021

ATTENTION: are you interested in a career protecting our Commonwealth’s aquatic resources? If so, follow our page. We expect to begin the application process for the 24th Waterways Conservation Officer Class very shortly.
Stay tuned for more information!!

12/07/2020
If our officers see this while you are operating, you will be stopped. It is a violation.
12/01/2020

If our officers see this while you are operating, you will be stopped. It is a violation.

Boaters looking to buy themselves a Christmas gift may be thinking about adding some “bling” to the boat – multicolored decorative LED deck and space lighting. Just don’t light your boat up like a Christmas tree, says the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Extra lights installed in the wrong place could cause other boaters to misinterpret your boat’s navigation lights and present a safety hazard.

“Today’s decorative lighting options, from ropes to underwater lighting, allow DIYers to personalize their boats,” said BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Chris Edmonston. “The challenge comes when the boat is underway. Decorative lights installed in the wrong location may cause others to misinterpret your vessel’s red, green and white navigation lighting. Bright lights of many colors can also reduce your night vision and hamper your ability to safely navigate.”

The BBoatUS Foundationhas two tips when shopping for and installing decorative boat lights. Read them, here: https://bit.ly/32PTUJJ

#safeboating #boatingsafety

11/11/2020
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

In honor of Veterans Day, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission thanks all who have served our country as members of the military, especially the 116 members of our staff who continue to serve the anglers and boaters of PA, and do their part to help protect, conserve, and enhance the aquatic resources of the Commonwealth.

(Armed Forces Anthem Medley plays in background)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
08/25/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

In Memoriam: On Aug 25, 1921, Bradford County District Fish Warden William E. Shoemaker was shot while making an arrest. He passed away on Sept 22 from his injuries. He was the first Fish Warden to be killed in the line of duty. Read the full story, here: http://ow.ly/Aopi50yL6Ti

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
08/05/2020
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

News Release: The PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) has been assigned to assist with water rescues in Berks and Montgomery counties, and Swiftwater Emergency Response Teams (SWERT) from the Fish and Boat Commission and other local agencies in the southcentral area of the state are being sent to assist in the southeast.

With the busy Independence Day weekend approaching, we would like to remind boaters that it is dangerous and illegal to ...
07/02/2020

With the busy Independence Day weekend approaching, we would like to remind boaters that it is dangerous and illegal to operate watercraft, powered or unpowered, while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

From July 3-5, WCOs will participate in Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated effort between law enforcement agencies, to conduct enhanced Boating Under the Influence (BUI) enforcement. Recreational boaters may notice an increase in the number of officers on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints.

In partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the PFBC is working to increase boater awareness of the hazards associated with impaired boating, and to decrease the number of accidents and deaths attributed to impaired boating and other unsafe boating practices.

Tips for staying safe on the water this summer include:
• Boat sober. Alcohol and drug use can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. If you plan to drink while boating, always have a designated boater.
• Wear your life jacket. 85% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
• Take a boating safety education course. 71% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction, where instruction was known.

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo
07/02/2020

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo

06/28/2020
Graduation Ceremony of the 22nd Class of Waterways Conservation Officers

The graduates were all given a link to a YouTube page to send to friends and family so that they could watch the ceremony live, and just like most things in 2020 that didn’t pan out as well as we hoped. The (then still cadets) were all instructed to get their cell phones and forward an email to their friends and family with a new link. They darted across the room and each grabbed their phones waiting about as patiently for the email to arrive as you would expect anyone to wait.

We hope all of those that were to be present to watch the live stream made it in time. However, at the same time, we had our Public Relations Representative recording from a different viewpoint to put together a proper video. He went home that Friday evening and spent extra time to complete this video over the weekend.

I would like to apologize to any of those that were given the link that did not work initially and missed the ceremony. Hopefully, this video (which is much nicer) helps.

Congratulations to our newest officers. Be safe, do your duty, and enjoy the path that you have worked so very hard to walk. Your journey is only just beginning.

June 26, 2020 -- Bellefonte, PA. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is pleased to announce that nineteen Waterways Conservation Officers (WCO) have fo...

Congratulations to the 22nd Waterways Conservation Officer class for completing their training and graduating today.
06/26/2020

Congratulations to the 22nd Waterways Conservation Officer class for completing their training and graduating today.

For everyone that has served in our military, family members and those who work with those who have served. Please take ...
06/17/2020
Pennsylvania Veterans Registry

For everyone that has served in our military, family members and those who work with those who have served. Please take a moment and look this over. If you know of any aged veterans that are in your family or neighborhood, you can print off a PDF version for them to sign up as well.

While completing the form, you have the option to check the box that says “Check this box if you’d like to receive ongoing communications from DMVA, including newsletters, breaking news, and other updates”. If you check that box, you will receive emails with information designed for the veteran and their families. It could be information regarding anything of interest such as assistance with financial issues, Farm Show Activities, mental awareness, possible grants for higher education etc.

Thanks for considering this and Thank You for your service to our country.

The PA VETERANS REGISTRY is an online application that allows veterans, family members and people who work with veterans to connect with DMVA to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services offered. By connecting with DMVA, registrants can also opt-in to receive....

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
05/29/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

We know you’re hot. We know you’re weary. (We know you just sang those words in your head.) And, we know how refreshing that water looks! But, if swimming and/or tubing is part of your plans, this is just a friendly reminder that Swimming and Tubing are both Prohibited at all Pennsylvania Fish and Boat (PFBC) accesses and PFBC lakes.

Before you get into the water, please take a few minutes to properly identify your surroundings. If you see a notification board, read the NOTICE(s) attached to it. If it says that Swimming and Tubing are Prohibited, please do not swim or go tubing in that area. (Inner-tubes are not boats; they are swim aids. Therefore, they are not permitted at a PFBC access.)

Additionally, if you are venturing to a waterway where you are permitted to go swimming or tubing, or you are a boater planning to go swim from your boat in public waters, we encourage you to wear your life jacket. Life jackets save lives!

For information on PA State Park beaches and swimming pools in Yellow and Green counties that may be opening near you, please read the following Department of Natural Resources news release, here: http://ow.ly/tfFz50zU29w

Stay safe out there!

05/22/2020
Now Recruiting Waterways Conservation Officers

What does your office look like?

5/19/2020 PENNSYLVANIA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION TO RECRUIT NEW CLASS OF WATERWAYS CONSERVATION OFFICER TRAINEES HARRISBURG, Pa. (DATE) — The Pennsylvania Fis...

Wear your life jacket!
05/21/2020

Wear your life jacket!

Some members from the PFBC SWERT (Swiftwater Emergency Response Team) during a training scenario.
04/29/2020

Some members from the PFBC SWERT (Swiftwater Emergency Response Team) during a training scenario.

Merry Fishmas!  Trout Season is now open!
04/07/2020

Merry Fishmas! Trout Season is now open!

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo
04/06/2020

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo

New posters are being added by our officers to remind you of best Social Distancing practices while fishing.  Be safe!
04/06/2020

New posters are being added by our officers to remind you of best Social Distancing practices while fishing. Be safe!

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
04/04/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

In Memoriam: Remembering Fish Warden Raymond L. Schroll-

On April 4, 1958, Schroll, the Lycoming County District Fish Warden, and Paul Ranck, a Game Commission officer, were patrolling the Susquehanna River below Williamsport. It had been a wet spring and the river was unusually high and swift. The two officers were returning from checking the duck hatch from Muncy to Williamsport when the swift water became too much for the small craft to handle. The boat capsized, throwing both Officer Schroll and Officer Ranck into the river. Officer Schroll was an excellent swimmer and quickly made it safely to shore. As he exited the water, he turned and saw Officer Ranck clinging to the overturned boat. Without hesitating, Officer Schroll dived back into the water in an attempt to assist his friend. Witnesses say he was gaining on Officer Ranck when Officer Schroll suddenly disappeared under the raging water.

Officer Ranck clung to the boat for over a mile before he was rescued by a volunteer fireman who threw a rope from a bridge over the river. Recovery teams searched unsuccessfully for Officer Schroll in the following few weeks. His body was recovered April 28, 1958, in Lewisburg, PA, over 30 miles downstream.

For the rest of the story, please visit our website: http://ow.ly/7UOe50yL3RU

What we here at the Bureau of Law Enforcement love to see and hear.  SGT Buckman found this posted along the Lehigh Rive...
04/02/2020

What we here at the Bureau of Law Enforcement love to see and hear. SGT Buckman found this posted along the Lehigh River today. Our officers and Hatchery staff work hard with the public every year to complete this task. This year, because of Covid19, we have to exclude the public. The rest of our staff has been chipping in to help stock as well. So from all of us to all of you - Thank You. Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

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