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Law enforcement merger may save money, but will it protect state parks?

When state park visitors see law enforcement officers in the future, they'll likely be state wildlife officers rather than Florida Department of Environmental Protection park police.

HB 1383, signed by Gov. Rick Scott on April 6, transfers 147 positions in DEP's Division of Law Enforcement to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which now has 720 sworn officers. Another 15 officers who monitor state forests will be transferred from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to FWC.

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