Policing the Hunting Act

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn wedi cael ei oedi. Yn ôl y gyfraith, dylai West Mercia Police fel arfer wedi ymateb yn brydlon a erbyn (manylion)

Dear West Mercia Police,

My questions relate to your organisational structure concerning the policing of the Hunting Act, in particular illegal foxhunting.

1. While I understand that any officer can answer a 999 or 101 call relating to illegal hunting, which section or department has the responsibility for investigating any breaches of the Hunting Act?

2. Does this section or department have any other responsibilities, and if so, what are they?

3. How many staff work in this section or department and what rank are they?

4. Does the force have any Wildlife Crime Officers and if so, how many active Wildlife Crime officers are there and where are they based?

5. Does the force have an “Aide Memoire” or any other document for officers to use when involved in a call for illegal foxhunting? If so, may we see a copy of it?

6. How many police officers are there in the force?

Yours faithfully,

Pip Donovan

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Sir or Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 
76517                                                      

 

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Mercia Police

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Dear Information Compliance,

I have not received a reply to my request. The reply was due on 26th May. Please respond, or explain why you have delayed.

Yours sincerely,

Pip Donovan

Dear Information Compliance,

Your reply to my request was due on 26th May 2021, but I have not received it. Please send your response, or explain why you are late.

Yours sincerely,

Pip Donovan

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Sir or Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 76517

With reference to your request for information which was received on 27th April 2021.

I apologise for the delay in responding to your FOI request and for any inconvenience caused. Every effort is being made to process requests within statutory deadlines but due to current circumstances delays have on occasion been unavoidable. We will provide you with a response to your request as soon as is practicable.

Please advise us if you no longer require this information.

Your complaint rights are outlined below should you be unsatisfied.

If you have any further queries concerning this matter, please contact the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number above.

Kind regards,

Sue Cale

Information Compliance Assistant | Information Compliance Unit | West Mercia Police
Hindlip Hall Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, WR3 8SP
Direct Dial: Working from Home Ext. Working from Home
Team email: [email address]

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