Farmers help TVP to crack rural crime
A FARMER has been has been helping Thames Valley Police get up to speed on farming and rural issues.
Since July, Berks, Bucks & Oxon NFU adviser Tom Cackett has been running a series of training sessions on a range of topics and types of rural crime.
Mr Cackett said: “Thames Valley Police has made tackling rural crime a priority and it really shows. Farmer confidence in the police has grown locally and statistics show rural crime decreasing. I think a lot of this can be attributed to a greater commitment from Thames Valley Police, to engage with the rural community through initiatives like this and other events such as the Rural Crime Forums. It’s also really pleasing to see individual officers take an interest in rural crime.”
Each training session aims to give the officers an overview of the farming calendar, a rundown on the various types of rural crime and some of the relevant legislation.
Topics covered include: dog attacks on livestock (livestock worrying), firearms and shotguns, hare coursing (trespassing, chasing and killing brown hare with dogs illegally), public rights of way and livestock theft.
Further training sessions are planned for the coming months.