CHAPTER 84

STATE FORESTRY DEPARTMENT

AUTHORIZING APPOINTMENT OF STATE FOREST OFFICERS

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE STATE FORESTER TO APPOINT STATE FOREST OFFICERS; DUTIES AND POWERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

1. The State Forester shall have the power to appoint suitable persons to serve under his direction either voluntarily or under compensation as State Forest officers. Each officer so appointed shall be issued a certificate of appointment under the hand of the State Forester and shall be issued a badge as his insignia of authority. Said appointee shall hold office until he shall resign or his appointment is revoked by the State Forester. Upon termination of appointment, service, or authority said appointee shall surrender and deliver to the State Forestry Department the certificate, badge and such other Department property as may at the time be in his possession.

2. Before entering upon the duties assigned him, each person so appointed shall take and subscribe the oath or affirmation as prescribed by the Constitution of the State for public officers, and said oath as aforesaid subscribed shall be kept in the files of the State Forestry Department. The State Forester and each person appointed and sworn as aforesaid shall be officially known as a State Forest Officer.

3. State Forest Officers shall have the powers of forest fire wardens and shall have police powers similar to sheriffs, constables and other police officers throughout the State for the serving of warrants, summons, writs or other legal papers issued by any Justice of the Peace or Court having jurisdiction in offenses against any law now or hereafter enacted for the protection of forest, brush, grass or wild lands and they are hereby authorized and empowered

to arrest any person detected by them in the act of, or under such circumstance as warrant reasonable suspicion that such person is committing, or is about to commit an offense against any of the laws now or hereafter enacted for the protection of forest, brush, grass or wild lands in this State and of laws, rules and regulations relating to the protection of any land, property, structure material or vegetation on lands under the administration or control of the State Forestry Department.

Approved April 7, 1939.