Wildlife crime 1

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please provide an update on the current capacity and  effectiveness of (a) the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit and (b) the network of Borough Wildlife Crime Officers since the wildlife crime seminar held by MOPAC and World Animal Protection in January?


Answer for Wildlife crime 1

Answer for Wildlife crime 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A: Capacity:

2 x Detective Constables investigators

1 x Band D Office Manager/Borough Wildlife Crime Officer (BWCO) Coordinator

1 x Band E Intelligence Researcher

The unit is supervised by a Detective Sergeant who also supervises a team of Field Intelligence Officers (FIOs).

Although, the external funding from WSPA ended in April 2014, a decision was taken not to reduce the team strength.


Now that this unit sits within Met Intelligence, they are betters sighted on the wider intelligence picture and also benefit from improved practical planning and tasking. Working with partners the unit tackles wildlife crime through education, prevention, investigation & intelligence development.  Since January 2014 the Wildlife Crime Unit has taken on 11 new criminal investigations and created 15 new Intelligence Development plans.

B. Capacity:

Currently 25 BWCOs lead the borough response to wildlife crime. Opportunities to utilise Special Constables in support of Wildlife Crime priorities are currently being explored. 


Since January 2014, 254 wildlife related taskings have been sent from the Wildlife Crime Unit to the respective Borough Wildlife Crime Officers for their action.