Hunt Crimewatch

HCW logoAs each hunting season begins, our Hunt Crimewatch service goes from strength to strength.

Hunt Crimewatch was founded to provide a confidential service through which members of the public could report incidents of suspicious hunting. And now, several years in, we get a number of calls each day and the information from these is logged on our database, and passed to our Operations Team.

The League has paid and volunteer Hunt Observers. The hunters like to paint a picture of them as ‘vigilantes’ and ‘saboteurs’, neither of which is an accurate depiction. They are  fully trained and briefed in the collection of evidence to police standards, and a number are experts in covert monitoring operations. The League’s police liaison officer, himself a retired police officer, has a key role in advising our Observers in how to operate. Our Observers certainly do not wear balaclavas.

In the two weeks since the hunting season started, League Observers have witnessed illegal hunting on several occasions. Evidence in one case has been passed to police, and case files for a further two are in preparation. This demonstrates just how effective the role of the Observer can be. This weekend, despite the weather, the Observers will be out and about keeping a close eye on the hunters, as they do throughout the season.

For more information on the Hunt Crimewatch service, click here. If you’re interested in becoming an Observer, please contact Emma Collett in our Legal Team via email or by calling the Hunt Crimewatch number.

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