Policing of Bushy and Richmond Parks (2)

Plenary on 2014-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner


Environmental policing is not part of MPS culture and receives low priority in the MPS; wildlife crime as defined by the MPS does not cover the type of policing needed by Bushy and Richmond Parks.   What additional training do the officers receive who are assigned to these parks?    


Answer for Policing of Bushy and Richmond Parks (2)

Answer for Policing of Bushy and Richmond Parks (2)

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

One of the responsibilities of officers who are assigned to police The Royal Parks is enforcement of The Royal Parks Regulations. Many of the regulations relate to the protection of wildlife and environmental policing. This enforcement responsibility is an important aspect of the Service Level Agreement that currently exists between the MPS and The Royal Parks.

All officers who join the Royal Parks Operational Command Unit receive instruction on enforcement of the regulations as part of their induction. A number of Royal Park's police officers also undertake locally the role of Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer. Environmental policing is a large part of the culture within Royal Parks police to ensure that the unique open spaces of London's Royal Parks remain a safe place to visit and enjoy.