Mounted volunteers will patrol the Ribble Valley’s countryside in order to control rural crime.
Rural crime is high on the list of priorities in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.
With such a vast amount of countryside, it is understandably difficult to police such a large landscape and keep in touch with the communities that reside within it.
Rural Mounted Volunteers have now been put in place to become the eyes and ears of the countryside.
As horse riders already play a huge part in rural society, they will be key in providing support within the farming network.
Having mounted volunteers essentially means hard to access rural areas can be policed more efficiently.
They will have the ability to see in to farm buildings and gardens and over hedges and walls.
They can also report any suspicious behaviour on crucial rural crime issues such as poaching, fly-tipping and rustling.
All experienced riders, they will create a positive link between the police and the community.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said, “Being part of the rural community, horse riders can provide the vital link between the public and the police and identify more vulnerable areas, or places where more support is required.”
Forming a partnership with Clitheroe Auction Mart has also allowed more interaction with the farming community and have provided high-vis jackets for all riders involved.
Visibility is of great importance when it comes to making the public more aware of what to watch out for and who to report it to.
With thirteen volunteers currently in action, the project will hopefully control the threat rural crime poses.