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A Wildlife Crime Officer for the Quantocks

- PC Rob Jacobs explains his new role

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 13 May 2014

A Wildlife Crime Officer for the Quantocks The Quantock Hills are now very lucky to have their own Wildlife Crime Officer in PC Rob Jacobs.  Rob explains what is important about this role and how to get in touch if you spot something suspicious.

I have just completed a course, for which I am now qualified as a Wildlife Crime Officer.  The training involved a 5 day residential course where I have covered such subjects as Raptor (birds of prey) Persecution, Bats, Badgers, Birds and the Law, Poisoning and Pesticides, Cruel Sports, Field Sports/Poaching and more.

Through this training I am now equipped to be able to investigate and prosecute offences like these in this area.  One of the added benefits of the training, is that it has also put me in touch with partner agencies and so work closely with them where I might need expert advice and greater understanding thanks to their experience.  I have already had some experience in dealing with issues that affect the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) including a case some years ago involving a buzzard that had been poisoned where we were able to facilitate a successful prosecution.

This is now an ideal situation as the Police beat manager on The Quantocks to be equipped with this knowledge. I am keen to be as accessible as possible for members of the public who are concerned over wildlife crime so that I can investigate at an early stage and gather whatever evidence I can.  All too often I feel that people are reluctant to report this sort of crime or are unsure how to do so. I will have a mobile phone number available, but for emergencies 999 is still the correct way to contact us with 101 for non-emergencies.

I have a genuine interest in natural history and I look forward to sharing this expertise with my colleagues, The Quantock Hills AONB Rangers and the Forestry Commission.


PC Rob Jacobs

Bridgwater Rural Team Beat Manager.

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