Wildlife and Rural Crime

Humberside Police are committed to the policing of Wildlife and Rural Crime.

Appointed Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs) who, along with their normal duties, volunteer to investigate and provide advice in relation to wildlife offences.

WCOs are specially trained in investigating crimes against wildlife. They will either assist other police officers or take the lead role in the investigation of the more intricate cases, and can also provide advice to colleagues & members of the public.

WCOs are able to provide support and advice in relation to Wildlife & Rural Crime, and have a personal interest in this type of work.



New Rural Crime Officers Trained - 60 officers now fully trained to deal with rural crime

21 police officers received Wildlife Crime training in a push to be a lead Force in the fight against rural crime.  The training took place 29 April – 3 May, increasing the number of trained Wildlife Crime Officers to 60. PCSOs and volunteers completed the course at Clough Rd. Alongside them were 2 CPS Prosecutors from the Humber area and southern counties.

The Force has now held three National Wildlife Crime courses over the past three years delivered by Craig Fellows.  Craig is an expert in the field and delivers the training across the UK.  With 60 officers having completed the course we have one of the highest numbers of staff trained, if not the highest in England and Wales.

The course was organised by the Force Wildlife & Rural Crime officer PC Brandon Ward from the Community Safety Unit, with support in funding the course being provided by CI Paul Kirby from Learning & Development. Various partner agencies gave input to the course including Natural England, RSPB, BASC, RSPCA and the Bat Conservation Trust to name just a few.  Brandon said, “Humberside Police is fast becoming one of the lead forces in the area of wildlife crime within the UK. Investing in staff in this complex area of policing is one of the main ways forward to protect our rural communities and wildlife. Having 60 staff trained, who are prepared to go that extra mile to protect our valuable wildlife for future generations, is a strong sign of our continued commitment to our rural communities.”


Op Galileo - 2018 - 2019 - reduction in offences ​- Between 1 August 2018 and 2 April 2019 there have been a total of 332 reports regarding day time hare coursing, ‘possible’ hare coursing or sightings of vehicles by members of the public suspected to be involved in this activity.  During the previous season 2017 to 2018 the number was 508 reports from 01 August 2017 to late April 2018. Read our full Op Galileo Report below



Police Volunteer Sue Edmund was awarded the Police Volunteer of the Year 2019 - Sue has worked tirelessly to help in our fight against rural crime - read about her here [Sue Edmund]



​We have a dedicated Wildlife and Rural Crime Officer, who will take up his post in place of PC Brandon Ward shortly (follow twitter @HPWildlifeRural).

Humberside Police would like to ask residents, whether from the farming community or not, to keep their eyes open and report anything suspicious by calling the non-emergency number 101.  If someone sees a crime in progress always call 999.​

Read our new Rural Safety and Crime Prevention Guide here: