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.


Latest News

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, PC Brandon Ward (follow Brandon on twitter @HPWildlifeRural) and an allocated email address.

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: