Police on look out for new wildlife officer

Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles
Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles

Derbyshire police’s commitment to tackling wildlife crime will be spreading its wings further across the county with the creation of a new role.

The force is looking for a dedicated wildlife co-ordinator, who will work with Derbyshire’s wildlife crime police officers to identify the best way to tackle offenders.

The police staff post will help the team by organising warrants, identifying wildlife crime hotspots and operating the force’s Farm Watch scheme, as well as working with partners such as Natural England and the RSPB.

Alan Charles, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, pledged to make cutting wildlife crime a focus for the force.

He said: “This post will see a member of police staff, rather than a police officer, undertaking this new role which is a far more efficient use of our resources.

“I know from conversations with local people that they feel very strongly about the need to tackle wildlife crime which is something they find totally unacceptable. That’s why I have pressed for targeted work in this area.”