Police training, illegal hunting and prosecutions

Jean Roberts made this Freedom of Information request to Cleveland Police

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Dear Cleveland Police,

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,

Jean Roberts

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Enquiry Ref: 10477-19

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Roberts

Enquiry Ref: 10477-19

I write in connection with your request for information dated 12th January 2019 and received by this office on 14th January 2019. Below are the questions raised in your request and our response? Please note we do not work in percentages and have therefore provided you with actual numbers.

What % of Police Officers - excluding Wildlife Officers - have received training to recognise illegal hunting?
a) Cleveland Police have 3 Wildlife Crime trained officers who are accredited who have had an input but this was a number of years ago. We have not been able to ascertain if they have had updated training in respect of illegal hunting on horseback.
Additionally there are two neighbourhood police officers who have attended a non-accredited Wildlife Crime Couse in 2018. The course included illegal hunting.

What % of Wildlife Officers have received formal training to recognise illegal hunting?
a) Please see above.
Who provided this training - as in their qualifications and capacity?
Two neighbourhood officers attended a course held by North Yorkshire Police. The Hunting Act input was delivered by a representative from The League Against Cruel Sports. The training for the Accredited Wild Life Crime Course was over 5 days in total with about a day / half a day on hunting (it was a while ago) and there were inputs from The League Against Cruel Sports and by the overall course organiser Information regarding this course may be held by North Yorkshire Police and should be requested from them.

How long was the training course?
I can’t answer for the accredited officers. It was a one week wildlife course with one day dedicated to the Hunting Act offences for the two neighbourhood officers.
Policy & Procedures:
Are officers being asked to actively monitor hunts and look for evidence of illegal activities?
a) No. There is only one hunt based in Cleveland and we have never received any complaints regarding their activities within the Cleveland area
Do officers monitoring hunts have to 'declare an interest' if they hunt?
a) Not to our knowledge.
Finally-
How many successful prosecutions have you secured regarding the illegal killing of foxes/hares?
a) It the duty of Cleveland Police to identify, apprehend suspects, decisions regarding prosecutions is the responsibility of the Crown Prosecution Service and Convictions is that of HM Courts Service therefore Conviction data is held by HM Courts.

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Dear Cleveland Police,
Thank you for your reply to my FOI, it has been very useful.

Yours faithfully,

Jean Roberts