Rural Crime Team released into the wild

Gwent Police has launched a dedicated Rural Crime team to help protect the green and pleasant land surrounding us.

Officially launched on 7th January 2019, the Gwent Rural Crime team are comprised of Police Officers and CSO’s who offer dedicated support for rural, heritage and wildlife crime which occurs within the force area.

The team, who prevent, detect and investigate incidents, work closely with partner agencies such as Natural Resources Wales, rural communities and neighbouring forces to tackle a range of crimes and to obtain and develop intelligence on crimes which affect those living in rural areas.

Chief Inspector Richard Blakemore said: “With a force area which is a large percentage rural, it comes with a variety of wildlife, terrains and crimes to deal with. The introduction of a dedicated Rural Crime Team, all of whom have specialist skills, will provide reassurance to those living in rural areas that we do take rural crime seriously.

“However, rural crime isn’t just about poaching, farming and agriculture. Policing rural communities comes with similar demands as an urban setting with anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and more hidden crimes such as modern slavery, still happening in a rural setting. Our Rural Crime team will be working closely with rural communities, businesses and partners to increase the reporting and detection of rural crimes.”