Police issue statement about badger cull
12:37pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
The proposed pilot badger cull is managed by Natural England under license from DEFRA. In Gloucestershire, the cull will be undertaken by a private operating company. It will be up to them to determine where and when it starts.
Gloucestershire Constabulary has been planning its response to the cull since it was first announced. This response - Operation Themis - is aimed at keeping all our communities safe and feeling safe, dealing with any with any incidents of crime and public disorder and facilitating people's rights to protest. Our role will to be operationally independent, impartial, even-handed and fair to everyone whatever their views, interest or involvement in the pilot scheme.
Our operation is not yet activated. However, due to recent media and social media speculation, there has been some concern in local communities. As a result, we will be deploying a proportionate policing response in Gloucestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend to provide reassurance to those communities and minimise any potential disruption to their lives. This is in keeping with our commitment to deliver an effective local policing service before, during and after the proposed cull."