Horse owners are being urged to become ‘Mounted Volunteers’ and help Warwickshire Police tackle rural crime.
The partnership between Warwickshire Police, the British Horse Society, Warwickshire Horse Watch and Morton Morrell Agricultural College is being funded by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Mounted Volunteers will work with people in their area whilst out on a hack on bridleways, lanes and country roads to assist with rural and equine crime prevention.
Rural crime includes theft of property, fly-tipping, metal thefts, deer poaching and sheep rustling.
Their role will be to observe and look out for anything suspicious or which warrants police action and report back to the police control room.
Volunteers must be 17 or over to apply, have their own horse with insurance, and commit to volunteer for 16 hours per month for a minimum of 12 months.
A training session and exam are also required. Fifteen successful candidates will be issued with a high-visibility jacket and their horses will be equipped with reflective sheets and leg wraps.
Visit www.warwickshire.police.uk more details about the scheme.