The main role of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) is to assist in the prevention and detection of wildlife crime. We do this by obtaining and disseminating information from a wide range of organisations and by assisting police forces in wildlife crime investigation. We produce analysis which highlights local or national threats. We are also the conduit between police forces and PAW partners.
Following National Intelligence Model guidance, a high level group (known as the UK Tasking and coordinating group), informed by a Strategic Assessment (prepared by the NWCU); set yearly priorities and objectives through the Strategic Tasking and Co-ordination Meeting, for combating wildlife crime in the UK.