The Vigilance wing comprises eleven Forest Mobile Squads (FMS), each squad being headed by a Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF). These squads complement the territorial and wildlife wings of the Forest Department in detection and prevention of timber smuggling and poaching. The Forest Mobile Squads undertake patrolling in their respective jurisdictions during day time as well as night time. Forest Department has established 161 check posts at strategic locations to prevent transit of illegal forest produce four of these check posts are under the control of FMS, Bengaluru.
The Vigilance wing is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the Wireless network of the Forest Department. It also looks after the supply of arms and ammunition to the field units of the Department. Training programs are also arranged among the field-level functionaries regarding the basic maintenance of wireless sets, arms, etc.
The Forest Mobile Squads also enquire into petitions received from general public or other wings of the Department and submit enquiry reports to the competent authorities for further needful action.