West Yorkshire’s wildlife officers on 24 hours on duty


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West Yorkshire Police’s wildlife force has dealt with 15 incidents in just 24 hours. 

The team, which specialises in wildlife crime, shared an insight into their busy shift on Sunday. 

There were four incidents involving loose horses and five incidents involving dogs, such as bites, loose dogs and welfare concerns.

Five incidents were recorded as ‘other’ while one incident related to a farm animal on the loose.

What do Wildlife Crime Officers do? 

Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs), along with their normal duties, volunteer to investigate wildlife offences.

The WCOs also attend and investigate linked crime types such as rural crime, plant theft (heavy machinery) and heritage crime, which includes theft from religious and historic sites.

The officers receive specialist training in the investigation of Wildlife Crime Offences.

They are supported by wildlife trained Crime Scene Investigators and partner agencies such as the National Farmers Union, RSPB, RSPCA, Angling Agency, Envronment Agency, the Wildlife trust and many more.

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