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Do you want to join the Voluntary Bailiff Service?


VBS Training x 550

The Voluntary Bailiff Service is now recruiting for more Phase 1 volunteers to join the 250 anglers now trained to report incidents and support the Environment Agency and police in protecting fish and fisheries.

The VBS is funded by freshwater rod-licence income and covers the whole of England, which is sub-divided into six regions.

Phase 1 volunteers are trained by the Angling Trust, EA and police, and are provided AT badged clothing, reference materials, and report via an online, secure, website. Volunteers can contribute as many or as few hours as they wish, and are supported by their Regional Enforcement Manager and Area Coordinator. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in joint patrols with the EA and police, and receive ongoing training.

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Phase 2, in which carefully selected volunteers are trained and empowered to directly support and work alongside the EA, is currently being introduced as a pilot project in SE Region. It is hoped that this initiative will be extended, so Phase 1 provides an important opportunity for sutiable volunteers to be identified, and for volunteers to get more involved.

A short film made at a VBS induction and training day can be found here.  

The next six inductions will be held this autumn.

Anyone requiring further information regarding the VBS should speak with their relevant Regional Enforcement Manager.

Area                  REM                         Contact
North West       David Lees
North East        Giles Evans
South East       Gary Lawless
South West      Nevin Hunter
Eastern            Paul Thomas
Midlands          Kevin Pearson

Anyone wishing to apply for VBS should contact the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service Administrator, Karen Sarkar:

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