Perrigan, Glen Glen.Perrigan at dep.state.fl.us
Mon Apr 21 10:17:43 EDT 2008


CONTACT: Amy Graham, (850) 245-2112


Dial #DEP to Report Environmental Crimes

--DEP and Floridians team up to protect the environment--


TALLAHASSEE - Floridians now have a new tool for protecting the state's
natural resources. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
recently announced that most cell phone customers in Florida can dial #DEP to
report environmental crimes, including illegal dumping of hazardous
materials, construction debris, oil drums and biological waste.


"#DEP helps officers respond quickly and efficiently to environmental crimes
and emergencies," said DEP Division of Law Enforcement Director Henry Barnet.
"DEP's law enforcement will now have additional eyes on the roadways and in
the field to help spot and easily report major crimes against the


#DEP is an emergency line for reporting environmental crimes only. The
program will allow for statewide consistency in the way Floridians,
particularly motorists with cell phone only access, report environmental
crimes. State Warning Point staff will answer calls and forward information
to DEP law enforcement personnel or emergency responders for investigation. 


Last year, DEP's Bureau of Emergency Response responded to more than 2,100
incidents, with more than 90 percent of those referred to DEP from the State
Warning Point. DEP's Bureau of Environmental Investigations conducted almost
350 criminal investigations in 2007, resulting in 133 arrests. 


To help educate and inform the public on environmental crimes as well as
DEP's law enforcement activities, the Division of Law Enforcement this week
unveiled a new Web site. The site highlights the Division's bureaus of
Emergency Response, Environmental Investigations and Park Police as well as
the Training Center. Now available online is emergency contact information,
tips on recognizing and reporting environmental crimes, career profiles of
DEP law enforcement employees and "notes from the field" spotlighting real
on-the-job situations faced by DEP officers.


DEP's Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for statewide environmental
resource law enforcement, providing law enforcement services to Florida's
state parks and greenways and trails. Division personnel investigate
environmental resource crimes and illegal dredge and fill activities, and
respond to natural disasters, civil unrest, hazardous material incidents and
oil spills that can threaten the environment. 


To report environmental crime, most wireless customers can now dial #DEP.
Callers can also report environmental crimes to the Environmental Crimes
Hotline at the State Warning Point by calling 1 (877) 272-8335 or 1 (877)
2-SAVE-FL. General environmental inquiries should be directed to DEP district
offices during business hours.


For more information on DEP's Division of Law Enforcement, visit





The Department of Environmental Protection values your feedback as a
customer. DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole is committed to continuously
assessing and improving the level and quality of services provided to you.
Please take a few minutes to comment on the quality of service you received.
Simply click on this link to the DEP Customer Survey
<http://survey.dep.state.fl.us/?refemail=Irene.Gleason@dep.state.fl.us> .
Thank you in advance for completing the survey.

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