The Task Force will analyze the unique missions of the Department’s law enforcement programs and draft evidence-based recommendations through an equity lens.
On July 7, 2021 Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued a memorandum establishing a Law Enforcement Task Force to develop meaningful solutions to assist law enforcement and communities in strengthening trust and collaboration, while ushering the Nation into the next phase of community-focused law enforcement.
This Law Enforcement Task Force will focus on ways to strengthen trust in DOI law enforcement programs; ensure appropriate policy and oversight is implemented; and ensure supportive resources are available for officer mental health, wellness, and safety.
The Task Force, led by Deputy Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau, has a Working Group comprised of law enforcement representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and the DOI Office of Law Enforcement and Security.
On July 16, 2022 the Department of the Interior concluded the final of 12 public listening sessions that were announced as part of the Law Enforcement Task Force’s outreach efforts. Interested persons and those that were unable to attend the virtual listening sessions are welcome to submit comments in writing or online by Tuesday, August 2, 2022 as posted in this Federal Register Notice.
Details about these opportunities to provide public comment are below.
Comments may be submitted online at www.regulations.gov or by mail to the U.S. Department of the Interior, LE Task Force, 1849 C Street, NW, Mailstop 3428, Washington DC, 20240. You may respond to some, or all of the questions listed in the “Supplementary Information—Questions for Discussion” section of the notice. All comments received are subject to the Freedom of Information Act and will be posted in their entirety at www.regulations.gov, including any personal or business confidential information provided. Do not include any information you would not like to be made publicly available.
To provide feedback on your perceptions of DOI law enforcement programs and areas for possible improvement, the public is also invited to take this Customer Satisfaction Survey. Providing information is voluntary, however providing your opinions are crucial to helping guide the Task Force efforts.
The public comment period to obtain input related to the project focus areas remains open until August 2, 2022.
U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY