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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Cooperative Law Enforcement Act of August 10, 1971, Public Law 92-82, 16 U.S.C. 551a
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Agreements may be in place for a period of up to five (5) years. 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tracie L. Wilkinson
201 14th Street SW
Washington , DC 20024 US
Phone: 202-205-1664
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$3,992,467.00; FY 23 est $5,999,616.00; FY 24 FY 21$4,417,258.00; FY 20$5,010,639.00; FY 19$4,890,329.00; FY 18$1,024,448.00; FY 17$2,289,179.00; FY 16$3,446,563.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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