Law Enforcement Agreements

Cooperative work between the Forest Service with State and local law enforcement agencies to enhance the enforcement and/or supervision of their laws or ordinances on lands within or part of any unit of the National Forest System.

To increase the protection of persons and their property when visiting
the National Forest System, and to utilize the opportunity to cooperate with States and Federal agencies in carrying out their specific responsibilities related to the National Forest System.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Patrol campgrounds, developed sites, or dispersed areas on NFS land for crime prevention and detection, emergency and public safety responses, criminal investigations, apprehension, and so forth. Upon request of a forest officer, provide dispatcher services for routine identification checks, wants/warrants checks, motor vehicle registration queries, and officer welfare checks. Special enforcement situations; includes but is not limited to fire emergencies, drug enforcement, and certain group gatherings. Purchase of equipment that will be of mutual benefit for both the Forest Service and cooperating agency is allowable.

Reimbursement for equipment cannot constitute a major portion of the agreement.

Please see agency policy for further detail prior to negotiating financial terms of the agreement.

Federal wage provisions (Davis-Bacon or Service Contract Act) are applicable to any contract developed and awarded under this agreement where all or part of the funding is provided with Federal funds, except that it does not apply to a sheriff department?s employees.

Davis-Bacon wage rates apply on all public works contracts in excess of $2,000, and Service Contract Act wage provisions apply to service contracts in excess of $2,500.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

cooperators include any State or political subdivision (that is, local governments).

Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreements are most commonly entered into with county governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Agreements must comply with requirements in FSM 5360, Law Enforcement.


In addition to the applicable form, the following elements are required, when applicable: (1) Financial plan. (2) Annual operating plan. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Award Procedures

When negotiating Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreements, the discussions must cover at a minimum, a description of the project, including methodology and technical specifications, contributions and the responsibilities of the parties, deliverables, the period of performance, and monitoring. Regardless of who initiates discussions, all elements of a project are subject to negotiation. Any party may terminate discussions at any time.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Cooperative Law Enforcement Act of August 10, 1971, Public Law 92-82, 16 U.S.C 551a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Other - Not Specified.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. The Forest Service and cooperator may contribute funds. A matching requirement is not applicable. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements may be in place for a period of up to five (5) years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursable payments are authorized. Advance payments are not authorized. Reimbursable cooperator enforcement expenses must be listed in an approved operating plan, expended in connection with activities on NFS lands, and be expenses beyond those which the cooperator is normally able to provide. During extraordinary situations such as, but not limited to: fire emergency, drug enforcement activities, or certain group gatherings, the U.S. Forest Service may request to provide additional special enforcement activities. The U.S. Forest Service will reimburse the cooperator for only the additional activities requested and not for activities that are regularly performed by the cooperating agency.

Post Assistance Requirements


Complete and furnish annually the U.S.

Forest Service with Form FS-5300-5, Cooperative Law Enforcement Activity Report, identifying the number of crimes occurring on NFS lands.

The report shall follow the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting groupings, Part I and Part II offenses.

Offenses and arrest information shall be combined and reported for each crime.

This report shall separate the crimes handled under this agreement from those handled during regular duties. In addition, the cooperating agency should provide the U.S.

Forest Service Principal Contact, listed, with case reports and timely information relating to incidents/crimes in connection with activities on NFS lands.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Billing the U.S.

Forest Service should include actual costs incurred to date, displayed by separate cost elements, excluding any previous payment(s) made to the date of the invoice, not to exceed the cumulative funds obligated as specified on the Annual Operating Plan.

Billing frequency should be specified in the Annual Operating Plan.

No performance monitoring is required.


No audits are required for this program.


The U.S. Forest Service or Comptroller General, through any authorized representative, should be granted access to and the right to examine all records related to each agreement. ?Records? include books, documents, accounting procedures and practices, and other data, regardless of type and regardless of whether such items are in written form, in the form of computer data, or in any other form.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1106-0-1-302 - National Forest System.


(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $3,446,563; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Tracie L. Wilkinson 201 14th Street SW, Washington , District of Columbia 20024 Phone: 571-305-0709

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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