Sussex Police currently has a number of Wildlife Crime Officers
(WCOs) working across Sussex, all of whom perform the role
alongside their day-to-day policing duties.
Wildlife crime includes the persecution of protected native
species of flora and fauna, the illegal snaring, trapping or
killing of protected mammals, damage to the geophysical features of
protected land, and the international trade in endangered species.
We also deal with Heritage Crime; 'any offence
which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their
settings to this and future generations' and
Environmental Crime - this includes illegal waste
dumping, fly tipping, polluting water courses and pollution of the
land. Sussex Police also assist the Environment Agency in the
investigation of these crimes.
We rely on the assistance of the public to enable us to
detect offences and prosecute offenders. Report things that
make you suspicious.
The Wildlife Crime team are keen to hear from anyone
who has any information about wildlife criminality in the
area. Please contact them on 101.
If a crime is currently taking place always dial