If you are aware of the MoU between NE, NRW, the CPS and the National Police Chiefs’ Council then I doff my cap to you. I’ve only recently been pointed in its direction.
The document deals with how these organisations should and will work together covering the following areas:
- purpose of the agreement
- the parties to the agreement
- roles and responsibilities of the signatories
- legal action
- joint action on SSSI and species offences
- data exchange and disclosure
- partnership working
- guidance and training
- costs and charging
So, a valuable if not completely rivetting document. I tended to avoid MoUs when they came my way as anything that needed the level of U to be written down usually meant that there wasn’t that much U around. But they have their place in life.
This document, signed by all parties in September or October 2015 ran for two years and should have been reviewed and renewed in autumn 2017. As of July 2018, almost a year into its next term, it had not been agreed. Perhaps this makes no difference to work on the ground (but if not then why have an MoU in the first place, and why stipulate that it needs renewing every two years?) but maybe it does.
The main reason for the delay is that NE requested a delay as this email from the NE Species Enforcement team to the Police Chiefs’ lead on this matter, Inspector Alex Butterfield, dated 18 July this year, makes clear.
Is this Defra, perhaps Therese Coffey, dragging their heels?