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District 7 1998 DNR LED District 7 1999 DNR District 7 2000 20 County Sheriffs 2002 12 County Sheriffs 2003 (a) Source: DNR 1998-2000 data from DNR Lt. Walt Mikula, DNR Law Enforcement Division as reported in Nelson and Lynch (2002). County 2002 and 2003 data from DNR Grants, Contracts and Customer Systems.
The data strongly suggests that conservation officers tend to be more likely to cite an individual when they make a contact. This may be due to the circumstances of the contacts, such as DNR conservation officers targeting contacts at those they believe are in violation of the law or sheriff deputies making many contacts at trailheads before people are actually riding, encouraging people to return home for forgotten equipment, purchase a proper ORV license, etc., thus not issuing a citation or a warning.
Source: DNR data from DNR Law Enforcement Division; Sheriff data from DNR Grants, Contracts and Customer Systems.
Sheriff data is for 20 of 21 counties participating in ORV grants in 2002 and 12 of 21 counties participating in ORV grants in 2003.
Each patrol hour by DNR conservation officers is two to three times more likely to result in a citation than a patrol hour by a county sheriff deputy. The proportion of the ORV patrol hours provided DNR Law Enforcement Division appears to be similar to the 76%
When examining statewide patrol efforts, conservation officers provide approximately ¾ of the patrol hours annually (Table 4).
Table 4. Statewide patrol hours and citations for ORV enforcement by DNR conservation officers and county sheriffs participating in ORV enforcement grant program, 2001-2003