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Environmental Crime

The TCEQ provides technical support and criminal investigative expertise in multi-agency investigations. We also serve as a resource for and provide training to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers on criminal environmental violations. Our goals are to increase recognition of environmental crime as a threat to public safety and to encourage and support enforcement of environmental statutes at the local level.

The following resources are available.


Officer Training

If you are a Texas peace officer currently involved in the investigation of environmental crimes or an officer who represents a department that is interested in developing an environmental crimes program, we periodically offer a 24-hour TCLEOSE certified training course.

The goals of the Criminal Environmental Law Training Conference:

  • increase your awareness of environmental crimes in Texas;
  • strengthen your ability to interpret and apply environmental statutes;
  • enhance your skills in the use of safe, innovative enforcement and investigative techniques; and
  • establish partnerships between yourself and environmental enforcement officers throughout Texas.

Seminars include explanations of environmental laws and investigation techniques, plus re-enactments of significant Texas environmental crimes.

For more information about training opportunities, please contact:

Environmental Crimes Unit, MC 175
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087
Telephone: 512/239-3405
Fax: 512/239-3434


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