Volunteer riders could help tackle rural crime

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Suffolk Police are looking to recruit special constables on horseback in a bid to combat rural crime.

Two years ago a similar scheme was successfully introduced by the neighbouring Norfolk force where officers ride beats using their own horses.

Suffolk’s special constables on horseback would provide high visibility patrols at locations across the county.

The kind of duties the mounted volunteers would be involved in would include establishing contacts with farms and rural businesses; patrolling farms, and rural tracks and roads; identifying fly tipping sites, hare coursing/badger baiting and illegal hunting sites and patrolling car parks and parking areas in rural beauty spots. They would not be involved in arrests but could be called on as witnesses.

Anyone interested should contact the recruitment team (Norfolk and Suffolk) on 01473 613589, email specialrecruitment@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or go to

www.suffolk.police.uk/aboutus/ourservices/joinawatchscheme/horsewatch.aspx