Cannot answer for your county but was stopped by Collier Co.sheriff on the water.
Everything was fine so I asked him'Have never been stopped by deputy in the past,
why now?His reply"I have jurisdiction any place in Collier Co.including the water".
Same thing in Monroe County, the times I've called, dispatch usually tells me there aren't any nearby officers, but call the Sherriff and a deputy usually shows up quickly.
I know who you are talking about. I've called before, same lady wanted to argue, she didn't have the officers available to respond right away and said if they get another call in the future about the person I was reporting about then they will get out right away, so I hung up, called 911 and a deputy on the water and land came, they questioned the person and found 58 poached lobsters and 3 Goliath groupers speared in the boat... FWC called me 2 hours later, same lady who I called before(not knowing I just spoke to her) and wanted to get my statement, told her who I was and her tone quickly became more interested. Told her to ask the sheriff for my statement. Hour later a sheriff and Fwc came to my home to appologize and thank me for my call to them. The Fwc officer that came was a great guy and very professional.
If Fwc is not able to respond within 5-10 mins or you think they won't get there in time to catch them, call 911.
Problem with the SO is they don’t know the law, they will usually try to get an FWC officer to also respond from what I have seen, they know about licenses but that is usually it. FWC is spread way too thin and has a hard time responding in a timely manner. Still you need to report it, if they get calls from a certain area often they will step up surveillance and next time might be there right away. I has happened for me.
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Funny this forum is "Ask the LAW" and not one has responded here. Too busy catching poachers?
Best response I ever got is when I left Port Canaveral's jetty park and found FWC at the ramp and reported a snook poacher. They were hot on it.
Call the Sheriff and let them detain the perps while THEY call FWC!!!
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