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Stories From the Field:  Law Enforcement

In 1974 the BLM hired its first law enforcement officer. Today, the BLM law enforcement program is charged with public education, promotion of public safety and protection of public lands and resources.

 

Thumbnail image of a law enforcement officer examining trash.Border Coordination Becomes a Major Emphasis in the 1980s
By Kathy Pedrick, Eddie Guerrero, and Greg Thomsen

In the 1980s, three young employees—an archaeologist, a wildlife biologist, and an outdoor recreation planner—started on paths that led them to become border specialists for the BLM.
 
    
  

A State Director’s Perspective on Law Enforcement in the Early Days
By Ed Spang

Law enforcement in the BLM?  That was the reaction of many.  I shared this same concern initially.  However, by the 1980s, the law enforcement program was established.

 

Photo of Lynell Schalk as a BLM Special Agent in Oregon.The Sagebrush Ceiling
By Lynell Schalk

In 1976, I became one of the agency’s first 13 uniformed law enforcement rangers delegated with federal authority to protect the BLM’s California Desert Conservation Area.  I was also the BLM’s first female officer.