Sheep worrying and hare coursing are some of the crimes facing Hertfordshire's rural community

Hertfordshire Police colleagues come together for rural conference

Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 3:16 pm

Officers and staff from across Hertfordshire Police came together for a conference last week, to learn more about the issues facing the rural community and how they can better support them.

The two-day course was run by the constabulary’s Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) and featured presentations from policing colleagues and external guest speakers, including

representatives from the National Farmers’ Union and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.


Attendees were able to get an insight into the massive impact that crimes such as hare coursing, sheep worrying and theft can have on farmers, as well as learning about more specialist investigations involving wildlife.

It was also an opportunity for colleagues to share knowledge and expertise which may assist with any future investigations.

ROST Sergeant Ryan Hemmings said: “Many people may not see rural crime as a priority issue, but for those living in these communities, the impact of it can be absolutely devastating.

"We want to ensure that we are doing all we can to support our rural communities across the county, to make them feel safer, build relationships and to ultimately increase their confidence in us.

“This conference helped to further educate officers on the issues that farmers and those living in remote areas face on a daily basis.

"It was also a chance for those working within other roles across the constabulary to understand how they could use their expertise to help.

“I’d like to thank all those who attended, the guest speakers who gave such useful and interesting insights and Lucas Lane Sports Club in Hitchin for hosting us.”

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