COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office 2007-08 Game Enforcement Summary

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Presentation of Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office 2007-08 Game Enforcement Survey

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs Tucker, Elliott, Davis and Sheriff Harding

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

July 9, 2008

 

           ACTION:                                       INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

           ACTION:                                       INFORMATION:  X

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Virginia Code 29.1-202 provides that all “sheriffs, police officers or other peace officers of this Commonwealth shall be ex officio conservation police officers.”  Conservation police officers have jurisdiction to enforce state hunting laws as do game wardens.

 

The Board agreed to provide County funding for the Sheriff’s Department to supplement the effort of the game wardens during the 1998/99 deer hunting season in response to citizen concerns regarding illegal hunting. During each deer hunting season, the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office conducts game enforcement efforts to ensure compliance with state and County hunting laws.  These activities include patrolling the County to verify that hunters are properly licensed, responding to E911 calls for service from concerned citizens, issuing warnings/summonses, conducting special operations and seizing property.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has previously provided annual reports regarding the activities resulting from this effort.  This report provides the 2007-2008 hunting season statistics.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1:  Enhance the Quality of Life for All Citizens

 

DISCUSSION:

During the 2007-08 hunting season, the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office checked a total of 254 hunters with 64 of these checks resulting from calls from concerned citizens.  Of the 64 calls received from citizens, 31 were complaints of trespassing, 22 were complaints of shots fired/heard by land owners, 9 were complaints of road hunting, and 2 were complaints of spot lighting.  Sixty-three (63) summonses were issued for illegal hunting during this period, of which approximately 30 percent involved illegal spot lighting or spot light hunting with a weapon.  The Sheriff’s Office also engaged in special operations utilizing decoys, stake outs and increased patrols in known trouble areas of the County.  These operations further aided in ensuring compliance with state and County hunting laws. The Sheriff’s Office achieved a 100 percent conviction rate.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The FY2008 Operating Budget allocated $16,800 to the Sheriff’s Office for game enforcement activities with the majority of these funds earmarked primarily for overtime expenses.  

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

This report is for information only.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office 2007-08 Game Enforcement Report

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