2Ist November,2006
MAAPSI affiliated with PAW as a partner

Motivation, Awareness, Advocacy Programme on Social Issues (MAAPSI) has been affiliated with The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) recently.

The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) brings together the Police, HM Revenue and Customs, and representatives of Government Departments and voluntary bodies, with an interest in wildlife law enforcement. It provides a strategic overview of enforcement activity; considers and develops responses to strategic problems; and looks at issues of strategic concern.

Its main objective is to support the networks of Police Wildlife Crime Officers (PWCO) and HM Revenue and Customs Officers. Almost all Forces now have at least one PWCO. Another objective is to draw attention to the growing problem of wildlife crime and to raise awareness of the need for tough enforcement action.

PAW views the enforcement of wildlife law widely, and is looking at awareness raising, publicity, training and education, as well as supporting investigations.

PAW's priorities are set out in the PAW Enforcement Plan.

PAW's work is guided by a Steering Group, jointly chaired by Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom of North Wales Police and Martin Brasher, Head of Defra's Global Wildlife Division.

Further information about PAW, how it operates, and how organizations can get involved is set out in the PAW pack. Any groups wanting to join are invited to complete and send the 'Statement of Commitment' form to the PAW Secretariat, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Zone 1/14, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6EB, or you can send an email to paw.secretariat@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Please also refer to PAW website