Officer training re illegal Hunting and prosecutions.

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Dear Cheshire 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,

B Wray

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Dear Mr Wray

 

YOUR REQUEST:
​Please could you answer the following FOI questions.

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?

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?

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

OUR RESPONSE:

 

Questions 1 & 2

Hunt Law training delivered as part of sergeants training 38, Beat
managers attended 182 made up on PCs and PCSOs.  We have also delivered
input to specials 98. 

In addition Task Force Officers are trained which is input from their
supervisors but the numbers are not recorded on our systems, we do not
hold percentages therefore in order to assist you I have provided figures
that are held on our systems, as the Freedom of Information Act 2000
relates to recorded information only. 

 

Question 3 & 4

Wildlife & Rural Crime Officers who attend a 1 week course. The following
link will also provide further information relating to our officers.

 

[1]https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-an...

 

Question 5

Officers are instructed to keep the peace, prevent and detect crime, PWCO
(Police Wildlife Crime Officers) are committed and stress the importance
of obtaining evidence.   

 

Question 6

No Information held – This is due to the fact that police are regulated by
The Police Regulations 2003 Regulation 8, and they are not required to
declare this as a business interest as defined in the regulations. 

 

Regulation 8(a) defines a business interest as:

“the member holds any office or employment for hire or gain (otherwise
than as a member of a police force), or carries on any business”;

This means that there must be an element of profit in the activity for it
to qualify as a business interest as defined. Profit would include money
or barter. Consequently, voluntary activities (not involving profit or
barter) and activities for which the officer is reimbursed expenses only,
need not be notified as a business interest.

 

You may find more information on the following link to assist you with
your enquiry;

 

[2]https://www.policenow.org.uk/wp-content/...

 

Question 7

None

If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.

 

Regards

 

 

Sarah Davies – Information Officer

Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service Joint Corporate
Services

Information Compliance | Cheshire Constabulary | Clemonds Hey | Oakmere
Road | Winsford | Cheshire | CW7 2UA

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