Dedicated rural team for Cambridgeshire

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A dedicated Special Constabulary team has been launched to support Cambridgeshire police’s Rural Crime Team.

he newly formed Rural Specials Team will provide county-wide, intelligence-lead, dedicated rural patrols.

Creating a direct link between Cambridgeshire’s rural communities and the police service via the Special Constabulary, the new team will also provide visible reassurance to remote communities and businesses, supplementing the existing local area patrol officers.

Rural communities and businesses face distinct types of crime traditionally found in remote areas, where specialised knowledge and dedicated patrols can achieve real results.

Examples of these crimes include hare coursing; theft from farms and outbuildings; theft of machinery; straw-stack arson along with other wildlife crime.

Based at the Huntingdon Police Headquarters, the team currently consists of a Special sergeant and five constables, led by Special Sergeant Tony Bolton. It is envisaged that the number of Specials will increase in the future.

The team will work alongside and in support of the current Rural Crime Team, rural PSCO, Wildlife Crime Officer and Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch, ensuring a real team effort and focus is maintained.

Special Sergeant Tony Bolton said: “This is an excellent opportunity for members of the Special Constabulary to support the rural community within Cambridgeshire and help to tackle those criminals who target isolated and often vulnerable victims.”

Cambridgeshire has nearly 300 Specials working alongside their regular colleagues and is actively recruiting more.