Wildlife Crime

The policing of wildlife crime is a specialist subject. West Yorkshire Police has appointed Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs) who, along with their normal duties, volunteer to investigate 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 offer training and advice to colleagues.

The following list of West Yorkshire Police WCOs is correct as of August 2017




Force Co-ordinator

Chief Inspector Mark Jessop (Force Co-ordinator)

Crime Scene Investigation

Frances Senior
(Area Forensic Manager)

Operations Support Services (XA)PS 3303 Mark Eilbeck
PC 1633 Amanda Simpson

District Contacts

Protective Services OperationsSgt 3303 Mark Eilbeck
PC 6811 Richard Wells

Bradford District

PC 3948 Tony Smith (Shipley)
PCSO 63 Al Cooper (Keighley, Ilkley, Aire Valley)
PCSO 450 Jess Mallison (East)

Calderdale District

PC 6547 John Sutton


PC 4038 Darren Parkinson

Leeds District

PC 4974 Mark Turner (NW)
PC 2010 Andy Katkowski
PCSO Gareth Poole (NW)
PCSO Shaun Taylor (Outer East)
PCSO 212 Gaynor Duffy (Outer NW)

Wakefield District

PC 3216 Brian Easter
PCSO Stephen Wales

Wildlife is the native fauna and flora of a region. It includes all non-domesticated animals, wild plants and other organisms. The domestication of wild animals and plant species for human benefit has occurred over many hundreds of years, and can have a major impact on the environment, both positive and negative.

Wildlife crime is committed when an offence under certain Acts of Parliament has been breached. Offences often involve cruelty and the unlawful killing of wild mammals and birds, some of which are protected species.

There are numerous Acts of Parliament that provide protection for wildlife in England and Wales. Some of the legislation that provides this protection is listed below but this is not exhaustive.

West Yorkshire Police is responsible for enforcing the above legislation within West Yorkshire. The Acts of Parliament outline a range of offences that can be committed. The police force will enforce the law when offences under legislation are perpetrated and in particular those offences in relation to:

  • Unlawful trapping/snaring of wild animals
  • Unlawful hunting of wild mammals
  • Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild birds
  • Taking/possessing/destroying wild birds eggs/nest disturbance
  • Badger persecution
  • Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild bats
  • Damaging protected sites
  • Unlawful poisoning of wildlife
  • Stealing wild plants
  • Unlawful hunting and poaching
  • Unlawful trade in endangered species
  • Disturbing cetaceans 


Project Trespass

A new initiative to provide a coordinated response to poaching was launched on 1st October 2013 by the England and Wales Poaching Priority Delivery Group, which includes the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in its membership. More information on project trespass can be found here. (PDF)


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