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I've been part of a discussion as of late on what WCO's enforce ? I was told that they are to enforce "all " laws while on patrol and also told that they also enforce trespass on co-op enrolled properties .. could somebody with some knowledge in this matter respond?
 

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They only enforce trespass if a game code violation occurs at the same time as the trespass. WCOs can enforce the crimes code, all vehicle code violations that are a misdemeanor or higher and all enviromental laws of the commonwealth.
 

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Are you sure about all that?Your portrying a W.C.O.'s job as "Self Contained Law Enforcement Unit.""All environmental laws of the Commonwealth"?We have all heard the old saying that a game warden has more power than a State Trooper.Really,Quit it!
 

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Nope.....John doesnt know a thing about Law Enforcement!
LOL.... State Troopers can enforce all the same laws, its just that few do.....I know of a couple of troopers who have been involved in handling a Game Code Violation.
 

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Ironbelly said:
Are you sure about all that?Your portrying a W.C.O.'s job as "Self Contained Law Enforcement Unit.""All environmental laws of the Commonwealth"?We have all heard the old saying that a game warden has more power than a State Trooper.Really,Quit it!
....Is this a serious post?
 

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Tanneryhunts said:
Ironbelly said:
Are you sure about all that?Your portrying a W.C.O.'s job as "Self Contained Law Enforcement Unit.""All environmental laws of the Commonwealth"?We have all heard the old saying that a game warden has more power than a State Trooper.Really,Quit it!
....Is this a serious post?
I'll try to keep John's blood pressure under 150 here and just refer this fellow to some reading that can be found RIGHT AT THIS LINK.
 

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Here, I'll make it even easier:

Chapter 9. Enforcement


Subchapter A. General Provisions

Sec. 901. Amended December 17, 1990, Act No. 180-1990, December 19, 1996, Act No. 184, December 21, 1998, Act No. 1998-166 and June 28, 2002, Act No. 2001-79, Effective August 28, 2002.

Sec. 901. Powers and duties of enforcement officers.

(a) Powers. - Any officer whose duty it is to enforce this title or any officer investigating any alleged violation of this title shall have the power and duty to:

(1) Enforce all laws of this Commonwealth relating to game or wildlife and arrest any person who has violated any of the provisions of this title while in pursuit of that person immediately following the violation.

(2) Go upon any land or water outside of buildings, posted or otherwise, in the performance of the officer's duty.

(3) Serve subpoenas issued under the provisions of this title.

(4) Carry firearms or other weapons, concealed or otherwise, in the performance of the officer's duties.

(5) Purchase and resell game or wildlife, or any part thereof, for the purpose of securing evidence.

(6) Stop and inspect or search, at any time, any means of transportation within this Commonwealth. Any officer who stops any means of transportation shall be in uniform and present a badge or other means of official identification and state the purpose of the inspection or search.

(7) Inspect and examine or search, at any time or place, any person or means of transportation or its attachment or occupants, or any clothing worn by any person, or any bag, clothing or container when the officer presents official identification and states the purpose of the inspection or search.

(8) Inspect and examine or search, at any time, any camp, tent, cabin, trailer or any means of transportation or its attachment being used when the officer presents official identification to the person in charge and states the purpose of the inspection or search.

(9) Secure and execute all warrants and search warrants for violations of this title or, with proper consent, to search or enter any building, dwelling, house, tavern, hotel, boardinghouse, enclosure, vehicle or craft or any attachments thereto, to open, by whatever means necessary, any door, compartment, chest, locker, box, trunk, bag, basket, package or container and to examine the contents thereof and seize any evidence or contraband found therein.

(10) When making an arrest or an investigation or when found in the execution of a search warrant, seize and take possession of all game or wildlife or parts of game or wildlife which have been taken, caught, killed, had or held in possession, and seize all firearms, shooting or hunting paraphernalia, vehicles, boats, conveyances, traps, dogs, decoys, automotive equipment, records, papers, permits, licenses and all contraband or any unlawful device, implement or other appliance used in violation of any of the laws relating to game or wildlife.

(11) Administer any oaths required by the provisions of this title or relative to any violation of any law relating to game or wildlife and, where game or wildlife is found in a camp or in possession or under control of any individual or hunting party, question the person or persons, under oath, relative to the taking, ownership or possession of the game or wildlife.

(12) Operate or move any vehicle, permanently or temporarily equipped with a type of flashing or rotating red light or lights or audible device or both, approved by the commission, upon any street or highway within this Commonwealth when performing duties within the scope of employment.

(12.1) Operate any vehicle owned or leased by the Commonwealth and used for law enforcement purposes, equipped with flashing or rotating lights of such color and combination and audible devices as authorized in the definition of "Emergency vehicle" in 75 Pa. C.S. §102 (relating to definitions) and approved by the Commission upon any street or highway within this Commonwealth when performing duties within the scope of employment. Drivers of Commonwealth-owned or Commonwealth-leased vehicles equipped with lights and audible devices as authorized in this subchapter may exercise the privileges and shall be subject to the conditions as set forth in 75 Pa. C.S. §3105 (relating to drivers of emergency vehicles).

(13) Demand and secure assistance when the officer deems it necessary.

(14) Demand and secure identification from any person.

(15) Enforce all the laws of this Commonwealth and regulations promulgated thereunder relating to fish, boats, parks and forestry and other environmental matters, under the direction of those agencies charged with the administration of these laws.

(16) Require the holder of any license or permit required by this title or by commission regulation to sign the holder's name on a separate piece of paper in the presence of the requesting officer.

(17) When acting within the scope of the officer's employment, pursue, apprehend or arrest any individual suspected of violating any provision of 18 Pa.C.S. (relating to crimes and offenses) or any other offense classified as a misdemeanor or felony. The officer shall also have the power to serve and execute warrants issued by the proper authorities for offenses referred to in this paragraph and to serve subpoenas issued for examination. All powers as provided for in this paragraph will be limited by such administrative procedure as the director, with the approval of the commission, shall prescribe. The regulations shall be promulgated within 90 days of the effective date of this paragraph.

(18) When acting within the scope of the officer's employment and under the procedures outlined by the Executive Director, to use a facsimile in the enforcement of the provisions of this title and the regulations promulgated hereunder.
 

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OK now this is starting to get confusing . John S ~ said they enforce all laws ? and the posting by doubledog copied from the game & wildlife code said they are to enforce laws relating to wildlife ....... ? these are conflicting answers . and yes this is a real post...... seems to me that this is an issue that needs some clarification......
 

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you must have missed numbers, 15 and 17
 

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Unbelievable, there it is in black and white and still an argument.
 

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It all seems pretty simple to me. If you just read what was posted(not what you think/want it to say), you'll have your answer.
 

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Our local paper a couple months ago reported that John Doe was pulled over for driving erratically by a WCO. A breathalizer test was administered by the WCO which John Doe failed and he was then taken by the WCO to the hospital for his blood test. I think that was the first time I had ever read where a WCO had taken a drunk driver into custody. Until then I didn't realize that fell under their scope.
 

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John S retired from the PGC as either second in Law Enforcement or the top dog, not sure which, either way, he's not usually wrong about stuff when it comes to duties of a WCO.

However, when his wife tells him to take the garbage out, we know who is head of enforcement in his household. LOL
 

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And that darn trash can is heavy.
 

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The lesson to be learned from this thread is that you should slam your brakes when you drive past a WCO. I usually reserved this for only PSP and local police.
 

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Nah, WCOs can only enforce misdemeanors or higher under the vehicle code, speeding is a summary offense, DUI is a misdemeanor.
 

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hornbuilder said:
OK now this is starting to get confusing . John S ~ said they enforce all laws ?
....I still can't find anywhere in John's post where it says they enforce ALL laws.
 

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No argument here.The next time I get a malfunctioning sewer compalaint from a resident or illegal dumping or disturbing the peace or assault,I'll take your advice and call my local W.C.O.Yes Tannery that was a serious post and so is this one.What made you think otherwise.
 

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When acting within the scope of the officer's employment, pursue, apprehend or arrest any individual suspected of violating any provision of 18 Pa.C.S. (relating to crimes and offenses) or any other offense classified as a misdemeanor or felony.

This part would be the "umbrella" of "all the other stuff that bad guys can or would do. We (ie, a PGC officer) can arrest the bad guy for all that stuff too.

RIF (Reading is Fundamental)

Dave
 

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Yeah, you are all about the argument, and either you didn't bother to read or you don't really care and just want to troll. the when acting within the scope of the officer's employment part of the law precludes them from being called out as substitute municiple police officers.
 
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