Officer training re illegal Hunting and prosecutions.

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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Please could you answer the following FOI questions.

What % of Police Officers - excluding Wildlife Officers - have received training to recognise illegal hunting?

What % of Wildlife Officers have received formal training to recognise illegal hunting?

Who provided this training - as in their qualifications and capacity?

How long was the training course?

Policy & Procedures:
Are officers being asked to actively monitor hunts and look for evidence of illegal activities?

Do officers monitoring hunts have to 'declare an interest' if they hunt?

Finally-
How many successful prosecutions have you secured regarding the illegal killing of foxes/hares?

Yours faithfully,
Ms. Wray

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Corporate Communications Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

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B Wray Our Reference 065/19

[FOI #543763 email] Date 14 January

 

 

Dear Ms Wray

 

Thank you for your request which I have copied below. In order for us to
provide you with the information you require some clarification is
necessary.

 

What % of Police Officers - excluding Wildlife Officers - have received
training to recognise illegal hunting?

 

What % of Wildlife Officers have received formal training to recognise
illegal hunting?

 

Who provided this training - as in their qualifications and capacity?

 

How long was the training course?

 

Policy & Procedures:

Are officers being asked to actively monitor  hunts and look for evidence
of illegal activities?

 

Do officers monitoring hunts have to 'declare an interest' if they hunt?

 

Finally-

How many successful prosecutions have you secured regarding the illegal
killing of foxes/hares?

 

Can you please a provide a timeframe for the information you are seeking
in your final question – for example, in 2018 or the last 3 months etc.  

 

I will be unable to start to process your request until I have received
your clarification. If your clarification is not received within 20
working days this request will be closed.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Ratajczak

Freedom of Information Research Officer

 

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Dear Mark
#Freedom of Information Requests,
Please give me the details for:-
Jan 2017- Dec 2017
and
Jan 2018 - dec 2018

Yours sincerely,

B Wray

#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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Corporate Communications Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Email [email address]    

 

 

 

 

B Wray Our 065/19
Reference
[FOI #543763 email] Date 07
February
2019

 

 

Dear Ms Wray

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 11^th
January 2019 under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Specifically you asked:

 

1.    What % of Police Officers - excluding Wildlife Officers - have
received training to recognise illegal hunting?

 

2.    What % of Wildlife Officers have received formal training to
recognise illegal hunting?

 

3.    Who provided this training - as in their qualifications and
capacity?

 

4.    How long was the training course?

 

Policy & Procedures:

5.    Are officers being asked to actively monitor  hunts and look for
evidence of illegal activities?

 

6.    Do officers monitoring hunts have to 'declare an interest' if they
hunt?

 

Finally-

7.       How many successful prosecutions have you secured regarding the
illegal killing of foxes/hares?

 

 

Clarification received 14^th January 2019:

 

Please give me the  details for:-

Jan 2017- Dec 2017 and Jan  2018 - dec 2018

 

 

Our response:

 

 1. Illegal hunting is not covered in the College of Policing descriptors
for initial learning.
 2. A percentage of officers is not recorded. We currently have 10 fully
trained wildlife officers. In addition, Our Rural and Wildlife Unit
are delivering training to rural Police Community Support Officers
(PCSOs). To date, 16 officers have been trained.
 3. Our wildlife officers completed National Wildlife Unit Foundation
Course accredited training.
 4. The course was a week long.
 5. No specific information is recorded. Any monitoring would be in the
course of regular policing duties as any other illegal activity.
 6. All officers and staff are required to conform to the [1]Code of
Ethics and declare anything that may be deemed as a conflict of
interest.
 7. There have been no prosecutions for hunting offences in 2017 or 2018.

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Becky Berridge

Deputy Freedom of Information Officer

 

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1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
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to additional information, which may provide you with further
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seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy
attached).

 

 

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