Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre

Environmental Crime

Flytipping

PC Geordie Laidlow co-ordinates the team of wildlife crimes officers in Kent

who are working to develop partnerships to tackle Wildlife, Environmental, Heritage and Coastal Issues.

The role is unique, being the first within the United Kingdom police service.
Andy is the single point of contact for Rural and Environmental issues and provides advice to members of the public, police officers and other members of staff.

By developing a working relationship with a number of organisations, rural and environmental issues within Kent can be tackled using a number of different techniques from education through to enforcement.

This is particularly important with the increased development that will occur within the South East region in the next few years, as it will allow interaction at an earlier stage.

What has been achieved so far?

In February 2005, Operation Excalibur (Dart) tackled issues of anti-social behaviour in woodland areas of Kent and will be repeated in other areas throughout the forthcoming months. It demonstrated that partners could work together to tackle issues that affect the environment of Kent.�

Marine Safety Issues

In the summer months Kent Police will be looking at marine Safety issues including the protection of marine habitats and nuisance craft.

The first weekend in May 2005 proved successful, working with Canterbury City Council , the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the RNLI and foreshore teams. This will be extended in the summer to incorporate the RSPCA amongst others.

Wildlife Crime

Kent Police now have 5 officers trained in Wildlife crime. A programme of training will take place to increase this number in 2005 and 2006. Officers are trained in the field to deal with incidents of trapping, shootings and poisonings. Officers have also received basic animal handling instruction.�

Fly-Tipping

Kent Police are an active member of the Fly-Tipping working group to tackle the issue by using a multi-agency approach. There have been recent changes in legislation that increases penalties for Fly-tipping and officers will be trained in the new legislation in due course.