NWCU welcome Insp Amy Hunter as the new lead for the Poaching Priority Delivery Group in England & Wales
Amy Hunter is a Police Inspector from North Yorkshire Police, she is currently the Staff Officer to Chief Constable Lisa Winward and Deputy Chief Constable Phil Cain. Amy started her career with North Yorkshire Police in 2010, and since that time has held a variety of roles across Response, Partnerships and Neighbourhood Policing, most of these within rural communities.
Amy is proud of her role as a Wildlife Crime Officer, and has used this knowledge to tackle rural crime on a local level, but is looking forward to taking over as chair of the Poaching PDG, where she can support this on a national scale.
Chief Inspector Kevin Kelly from the NWCU says ” The appointment of Amy is the best possible news for Poaching and Hare Coursing. Amy was the clear stand out candidate and will take the group to new heights. Amy is driven, strategic and enthusiastic, so I am confident she will be the enabler that will make a serious impact in the areas that cause the most demand in Wildlife Crime Policing. I have seen first-hand how effective Amy is, having worked with her for a number of years and her leading the Poaching PDG makes our future look much stronger”.
NWCU and members of the Poaching PDG recognise the many years of excellent service that the outgoing chair, Glynn Evans from BASC, has given to the work of the group. Under Glynn’s strong leadership the group have provided several key deliverables to assist with the prevention and enforcement of poaching and hare coursing crimes across England & Wales. Chief Inspector Kevin Kelly – Head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit says: “I would like to personally thank Glynn for leading the Poaching PDG. I have known Glynn for a number of years and his leadership is assured, he has a wealth of knowledge and he has set the bar high. The Poaching PDG is notably one of the most challenging delivery groups due to the demand across many crime types. Glynn has taken the group from strength to strength, building and managing long lasting partnerships whilst ensuring the group is delivering on the front line of Policing. From all of the National Wildlife Crime Unit and Poaching PDG – thank you”.
NWCU also welcome Alison Ashbolt as the new secretary for the Poaching PDG. Alison has been a Wildlife Crime Officer in Thames Valley Police for a number of years and she will be a welcome support to the group.