THE ASSOCIATION of Chief Police Officers is confident it will be able to enforce the hunting ban from February next year.

Alastair McWhirter, ACPO spokesman on hunting with dogs and Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary, is encouraging chief constables across the country to contact hunts in their area to explain the law and ask that it is adhered to.

The ACPO refuses to divulge exactly how it intends to police the legislation, as this may compromise its operational ability, but it has confirmed it is examining the finalised legislation to see how it can be best enforced.

But Mr McWhirter confirmed that the resources given over to policing hunting would not be allowed to compromise its other priorities as outlined by the Home Secretary.