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Wildlife Crime Officers

West Mercia Police's commitment to tackling rural crime is spreading its wings further by appointing specialist wildlife crime officers (WCOs) who, along with their normal duties, have volunteered to investigate wildlife crime.

WCOs are dedicated, specially trained police officers who have a personal interest in wildlife and wildlife crime. Not only do they investigate crimes but they can also offer training and advice to colleagues. They are often seen working with partner organisations including the Angling Trust and National Farmers Union and providing advice to the public at events.

Meet the Wildlife Crime Officers for West Mercia Police:

PC Tom Milton
PC Tom Milton
H
erefordshire
PC Tom Milton has been a police officer for eight years, firstly as a special constable and then a police constable. He has a small farm and has lived in the countryside for most of his life. Prior to joining the police he had vast experience of working on different farms  including highland and lowland sheep farming, the dairy and beef industry and arable farming.  He has an excellent knowledge of rural issues and is passionate about protecting wildlife and their habitats. PC Milton covers all of Hereford from the Welsh and Gloucester borders to Ludlow. Contact PC Milton via telephone 101.

 

North Worcestershire
PC Su Goddard is a response officer based at Kidderminster, north Worcestershire. She joined the police in 1997 in Cambridgeshire Police and transferred to West Mercia Police in 2008 and has been a point of contact for wildlife crime since 2012. PC Goddard has always had a passion for wildlife and becoming a wildlife crime officer was a great opportunity for her to explore the offences that can be commited in greater depth.  She believes education is a big part of the role as often people don't realise what they are doing is against the law. Contact PC Goddard via telephone 101.

 

PC Simon Albutt
PC Simon Albutt
North Worcestershire (Alvechurch, Wythall and Rubery)
PC Simon Albutt 
has been a police officer for 15 years and the local Safer Neighbourhood Officer for Alvechurch & Wythall for the last five years .  PC Albutt is a wildlife crime officer for north Worcestershire and is committed to reducing rural and wildlife crime. He is also a strong believer in working together with the local rural community to reduce crime and to make the rural community a safer place. Contact PC Albutt via telephone 101.

 

 

 

 

PC Julian Ward
PC Julian Ward
Shropshire
PC Julian Ward
is passionate about wildlife.  He transferred from West Midlands Police in 2005 and quickly became a qualified wildlife crime officer. He covers the areas of South Shropshire and Bewdley, very rural areas.  He was the first officer to have two cases of destruction of habitats 2010 (bats) in Magistrates' Court and continues to work closely with the National Wildlife Crime Unit. PC Ward has often been a spokesperson for the force on issues relating to wildlife crime and remains a key contact for wildlife crime queries from officers. Contact PC Ward via telephone 101.

 

Shropshire
PC Paul Frank
Contact PC Frank via telephone 101.

 

PC Paul Lambon
PC Paul Lambon
South Worcestershire

PC Paul Lambon joined West Mercia Police in 1996. Since that time he has worked almost exclusively in South Worcestershire, with over 17 years in Safer Neighbourhood Teams. He has specialised in aspects of rural crime and recently became qualified as a Wildlife Crime Officer. His interests are in angling and boating and he is the driving force behind the 'Boat Watch' scheme. Contact PC Lambon on 101.

 

 

 

Telford
PC Craig Davies

Contact PC Davies via telephone 101.

 

PC Gerry Plant
PC Gerry Plant
Telford
PC Gerry Plant
is a response officer based at Telford. He joined West Mercia Police in 2005 and has worked in Donnington, Wellington and Newport during the course of his service but currently works from Malinsgate Police Station. He became a wildlife crime officer in 2009 after always having an interest in nature and the rural way of life. He is a falconer of over 30 years standing and as such is able to offer expert advice on issues involving birds of prey and the law in relation to them.
Contact PC Gerry Plant via telephone 101.