Future of wildlife crime unit hangs in the balance

A UK police unit with an international reputation may be forced to shut in March unless the government agrees to extend funding

The national wildlife crime unit deals with issues such as the illegal ivory trade (Credit: William Warby CC BY 2.0)The police National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) may no longer exist beyond March next year as UK governments have been unwilling to guarantee its long-term funding. This is despite the unit’s key role in domestic and international efforts to tackle criminal activity.

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