Horse riders encouraged to help police

PUBLISHED: 12:15 24 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:16 24 March 2016

PC Amanda Matthews from the Rural Operational Support Team

PC Amanda Matthews from the Rural Operational Support Team


Police are launching a new scheme encouraging horse riders to help them tackle crime.

Horse Watch will see riders become the eyes and ears of their areas by reporting anything suspicious while out on their hacks, playing a similar role to Neighbourhood Watch.

Sergeant Jamie Bartlett, from the Rural Operational Support Team (ROST), said: “Riders can make a real difference to their local community without having to formally volunteer.

“We hope that by receiving additional intelligence and information from riders we can tackle more rural crime that we may not necessarily be aware of.

“This scheme is all about having additional eyes and ears in areas that police officers cannot regularly patrol.”

An information evening will be held at Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday, April 20, at 7pm.

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