Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What level of sponsorship has the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit managed to achieve and how does this compare to the hoped for target of revenue to be raised this way? What will be the consequences of not raising further funds in terms of reducing staff numbers and workload within the unit?


Answer for Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit

Answer for Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My officers are actively working with the relevant Units within the Metropolitan Police to explore opportunities for sponsorship and other alternative sources of funding. I am hopeful that this will help provide the level of resources required to secure the long-term future of the Unit and that the question of reducing staffing will not arise.At this point in time I am not aware that the Metropolitan Police have secured any sponsorship or external funding.The MPS has provided assurances that they have no plans to close the Unit, although a reduction in staff is likely to reduce their enforcement capability to fight wildlife crime in London.