Wildlife lessons for Jordan police
Wildlife crime is also a problem in Jordan
Police officers from a Middle Eastern country have travelled to north Wales to learn about how wildlife crime is tackled in the region.
The four conservationists from Jordan are on a fact-finding mission as they attempt to protect endangered wildlife back home.
The team have admitted they are more used to working with gazelles and lynx than squirrels and badgers, but feel the trip will give them important insights.
Pete Charleston is the only wildlife officer in Wales
North Wales Police is the only force in Wales which employs a full-time wildlife officer.
The visitors, who are seeking to establish a similar post in Jordan, are studying the work of Sergeant Pete Charleston over two days.
Sgt Charleston said he dealt with 400 wildlife crimes last year.
The north Wales officer, who has been seconded to the Countryside Council for Wales for two years, said there was a lot to discuss.
“Some of the main issues we will be highlighting include best practice, criminal behaviour and conservation – which is a fairly new concept in Jordan,” he said.
“One of the main issues officers have to deal with in Jordan is the illegal hunting of endangered species.
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“They will see how we deal with wildlife crime in this country and will be able to draw conclusions.”
The Jordanians are also keen to share information with police about international wildlife crime such as egg collecting or illegal hunting.
The men have also attended a wildlife conference in Scotland during their stay in Britain.
Last year, the first Welsh conference on wildlife crime was held in Llandudno.
The Countryside Council for Wales and North Wales Police joined forces to claim that wildlife-related crime is on the increase