Dyfed-Powys Police has appointed its first full-time rural crime team to tackle incidents in the local community.
The move follows in the footsteps of the North Wales rural team model, with five of Dyfed’s new team members picking up the skills and investigation techniques used by the squad, including classroom work and attending rural reports and investigations throughout North Wales.
The new team will patrol Ceredigion, Powys, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire as of September 1.
North Wales team manager Rob Taylor said: “We have been working on this project since January with a strategy and selection process to make the new team hit the ground running, to not only take rural criminals in their own areas but those who also cross the borders into North Wales and visa-versa.”
As part of their training, the Dyfed Powys officers have been learning about farm and wildlife crime ‘first-hand’, including tips on dealing with badger baiting and bird of prey persecution.
Earlier this week the teams were also out on joint patrol in North Wales attending livestock attacks, quad bike thefts and wildlife crime.
The two teams will collaboratively cover more than 75 per cent of rural Wales.
Mr Taylor said: “It was such a pleasure to have our bordering force in Wales visit and be able to learn from the experiences that we have gained over the past five years with rural policing.
“Their new taskforce goes live from September 1 and that is when both teams will come into their own with joint working practices and intelligence sharing in tackling criminals who cross our borders to inflict their misery.
“With modern technology and video conferencing I am now able to speak face-to-face with the officers from the new team from my office without having to travel south, so distance is not an issue with communication and allows for daily briefing and updates.”