Wildlife Crime

Reference: 14011

Date Added: Monday, June 30, 2014

Category: Miscellaneous

Disclosure Details

Question

 

1. Does Gwent have a wildlife crime strategy (if not are there plans to do so)?

2. Does Gwent currently record wildlife crime and if so how many have there been over the past three years?

3. Does Gwent currently provide wildlife crime intelligence to the National Wildlife Crime Unit (if not are there plans to do so)?

4. How many wildlife crime officers does Gwent currently have, how many hours a week do they work directly on wildlife crime and are there plans to formalise this role if it hasn’t been already?

5. Have you undertaken any additional activities since taking office to promote wildlife crime enforcement (please provide detail)?

 

Answer

 

As previously informed the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Gwent did not hold the information you asked for in relation to questions 1-4 of your Freedom of Information request as listed below:

1. Does Gwent have a wildlife crime strategy (if not are there plans to do so)?
2. Does Gwent currently record wildlife crime and if so how many have there been over the past three years?
3. Does Gwent currently provide wildlife crime intelligence to the National Wildlife Crime Unit (if not are there plans to do so)?
4. How many wildlife crime officers does Gwent currently have, how many hours a week do they work directly on wildlife crime and are there plans to formalise this role if it hasn’t been already?

Your email was therefore passed to Gwent Police for a response to be provided. We were however able to answer question 5, please see your question and response below:

5. Have you undertaken any additional activities since taking office to promote wildlife crime enforcement (please provide detail)?

The Commissioner has met with various wildlife organisations such as the RSPCA, RSPB and the Countryside Alliance to discuss wildlife crime and a press release was issued on 20th March 2013 (See attached document).
I have also attached a recent press release (issued on 2nd April 2014) that provides more detail on the OWL system funded by the Commissioner and the help it has provided in tackling rural crime. The system enables the public to share information which assists the force in combating crime; the system could also be utilised to share information in relation to wildlife crime.