• Doug

    The first picture was taken at this location, Newport, RI:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=newport+RI&ie=UTF8&ll=41.471432,-71.336938&spn=0.004847,0.004715&t=h&z=18

    The other two photos are from the Photo Gallery section of this site:

    http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dle

  • Lance

    Leave it to the People’s Republic of Massachusetts to deploy armed Enviro-troopers.

  • I hope all those vehicles are electric powered, especially that boat with the honking big motors. Quis custodiet ipso custodies?

  • Those pictures annoy me.

    Are you OK? Will you be posting something else soon?

  • Rich S.

    Hmm. Two stroke marine motors. SUVs. Pickup trucks. Seems like any other government operation: The rules we enforce don’t apply to us.

  • Bill L

    These officers enforce fish & game laws.

    http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dle/welcome.htm

  • Doug

    Bullcrap. That may be part of their duties (what ever happened to simple “Fish and Game”?), but a simple perusal of their site lists some of these other “tasks” of the six, (count ’em) divisions of your “fish and game laws” organization:

    * investigate cases of illegal waste disposal and wetlands violations
    * helicopters when necessary (for fish and game?)
    * wildlife management areas, boat access sites
    * “Environmental Strike Force”
    * scientific and investigatory skills of the Department of Environmental Protection
    * illegal hazardous and solid waste disposal
    * water pollution, air quality violations
    * illegal pesticide application
    * violations of wetland protection statutes
    * patrol the coastal waters in numerous smaller craft as well as with aircraft
    * investigation of marine theft cases
    * closely monitors ATV use on beaches (excluding their own, no doubt)
    * investigations involving disputed motorboat titles and registrations
    * recovers substantial sales and excise tax revenue to the Commonwealth each year
    * informs and educates the public through the development of media campaigns designed for TV, radio, and the print media
    * responsible for the investigation of all motorboat and recreational vehicle accidents that cause substantial property damage, serious injuries, or fatalities
    * generating and maintaining accurate and current records of all motorboats, ATV’s and snowmobiles titled and/or registered in the Commonwealth
    * provide a revenue stream to assist in the enforcement of the Commonwealth’s environmental regulations and for the education programs offered to our constituency groups.

    Warren’s description is dead-on accurate: these are the Environmental Police. Achtung, baby!

  • Douglas2

    Well, in the Berkshires we’ve been able to police our own illegal waste disposal without their help. Although it really stinks when you prepare all those twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back
    of each one and then… Oh never mind.