National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement
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AbbreviationNOAA OLE
Agency overview
Formed1970
Preceding agency
  • Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish Commission and Bureau (1930)
Employees200+ (2011)
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency USA
Operations jurisdiction USA
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland
Agency executives
Parent agency National Marine Fisheries Service
Divisional offices
Facilities
Field offices52
Website
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ole/
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NOAA OLE patrol boat.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement (NOAA OLE) is a federal police part of the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. [1] The leadership consists of Director James Landon, Deputy Director Logan Gregory, Assistant Director Todd Dubois, and Budget Chief Milena Seelig.

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It was established in 1930 as Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish Commission and Bureau . [2] It is responsible for the ecosystem protection and conservation of most of national marine life. It is the only federal agency for such. As of 2011, it has more than 200 employees.

NOAA OLE is divided into five (5) divisional offices (Northeast, Southeast, Alaska, West Coast and Pacific Islands), led by an Assistant Director, and 52 field offices, e.g., Pago Pago, American Samoa; Ellsworth, Maine; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

State partners

OLE maintains working relationships with state agencies under Cooperative Enforcement Agreements (CEAs). Partners include:

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, California, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, Delaware, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Laws and statutes enforced

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