NFU hosts Sussex Police rural crime team training
The NFU has welcomed the implementation of a dedicated rural crime team for Sussex Police and has facilitated ‘socially distant’ outdoor training for officers.
NFU Sussex adviser Romy Jackson says: “We work closely with Sussex Police and it’s great news that the force now has a rural crime team. This follows more than four years of concerted lobbying by the NFU for greater police resources. We’ve had the advantage of seeing how other police forces around the country manage rural policing and the model adopted is one advocated by the NFU.”
The team is made up of two sergeants, eight constables and six police community support officers. Small groups of officers have this week been undergoing training on a Sussex farm at a safe social distance. They have been hosted by West Sussex NFU chairman Mark Chandler of Moor Farm, Petworth and have been learning to recognise the various types of rural crime, and its impacts, while hearing about detection and deterrence.
Mr Chandler (pictured centre, foreground) said: “I’ve been more than happy to assist Sussex Police in ensuring that the team gets off to a good start with some practical training on farm. There are many different types of crime that farmers experience and it was good to explain some of the worst issues we face and how we might deal with these. Rural crime can be tackled effectively if we all work together.”
Officers have focused on the various types of rural crime and some relevant legislation, along with detection and deterrence, hearing how technological advances are helping in the fight against crime. The topics that are being covered in training include:
- Farming overview, farm incomes, diversification
- Agricultural machinery – function and value; security marking & tracking devices
- Fuel, crop protection and fertilisers
- Livestock and cropping
- Dog attacks on livestock (livestock worrying)
- Hare coursing (trespassing, chasing and killing brown hare with dogs illegally), deer poaching and fish poaching
- Farmed environment and green farming schemes
NFU representatives are also this week writing to Jo Shiner, formerly Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police, to welcome her as the newly appointed Chief Constable for Sussex Police.