Wildlife crime 2

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


Can the Mayor explain how the Territorial Policing Directorate is contributing to the policing of wildlife crime in London?


Answer for Wildlife crime 2

Answer for Wildlife crime 2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Territorial Policing tackles wildlife crime through the Borough Wildlife Crime Officer (BWCO) network. Each borough has a nominated BWCO, who is the first point of contact for members of the public, voluntary groups, statutory bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the Met's Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU).  Some boroughs have additional officers, including Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), who have an interest in the prevention and investigation of wildlife crime.  BWCO officers can be of any rank, though normally they are police constables

Duties of the Borough Wildlife Crime Officer

•              To investigate offences on their borough relating to crimes against indigenous and exotic wildlife.

•              To be familiar with the application of relevant legislation including the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997 (CITES), the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, the Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996, The Hunting Act 2004 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

•              To record intelligence related to wildlife crime on the criminal intelligence system.

•              To develop working partnerships with local authority officers responsible for wildlife issues - including park rangers, animal wardens and Trading Standards.

•              To develop partnerships and be a first point of contact with local community groups and non-governmental organisations - including local badger groups and RSPCA inspectors

•              To assist the Met's Wildlife Crime Unit with serious and organised wildlife crime investigations.

•              To provide wildlife expertise to other colleagues and the local community.

•              To act as a single point of contact for the Met's Wildlife Crime Unit.