Sussex Police has a number of Wildlife and Rural Crime Officers (WRCO) working across Sussex, all of whom perform the role alongside their day-to-day policing duties.
The team of WRCOs are supported by a dedicated Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs operational lead, Sergeant Tom Carter and a strategic lead, Superintendent Emma Brice.
Wildlife crime includes the persecution of protected native species of flora and fauna, the illegal snaring, trapping or killing of protected mammals, illegal hunting, damage to the geophysical features of protected land, and the international trade in endangered species, damage to habitats, offences against European Protected Species, illegal release of non-native species and illegal fishing in watercourses, lakes and the marine environment.
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'. This includes damage or theft of heritage buildings like theft of lead from Churches, damage or theft from scheduled monuments, damage or theft from military remains and offences against protected marine wrecks and illegal trade in cultural arts and antiquities.
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.
The lists above are not exhaustive so if you have a concern or have seen something you think would interest us please get in contact.
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, also follow on Twitter @SgtTomCarter.
If a crime is currently taking place always dial 999.