Norfolk Constabulary: Trot on to Fakenham to see Specials on …
7 December 2012
Special Constables on horseback are attending Fakenham
Racecourse Monday 10 December to raise awareness of a rural crime
initiative and the key work that Specials carry out.
Members from Rural Specials on Horseback Unit will be present
with horses Jeeves and Boy at the race meeting. They ll be on
hand to issue crime prevention advice to rural residents, as well
as providing an opportunity for the Specials to encourage other
members of the public to join the volunteer service.
The aim of the mounted officers is to help tackle rural crime in
the county, and is an additional tool used as part of Norfolk
Constabulary s ongoing Operation Randall. This is a
partnership that has been running since October 2010 between police
and senior rural and agricultural representatives to tackle those
offences most prevalent in rural areas including theft of scrap
metal, farm machinery, animal stock and fuel.
It aims to improve two-way communication and the sharing of
information to help identify criminals in operation and enhance
security in vulnerable locations.
Special Sergeant Richard Tallent, who will be in attendance on
his horse Jeeves said: I ve been a Special for six years and it
is a wonderful experience – it is a dream job no two duties
are the same and is a stimulating and rewarding role.
I know the
force is always on the look-out for committed individuals and I d
urge anyone who wants to support their local community to think
seriously about joining.
Crime prevention officers will be encouraging race-goers at
Fakenham to think proactively about their security inside and
outside of their property and discuss preventative work to deter
break-ins and thefts to reduce the chances of being a victim of
crime. They ll be giving advice on preventing theft of heating oil,
diesel and scrap metal, handing out crime prevention leaflets, as
well as property marking products and providing tips on keeping
pedal bikes secure and guidance on various home security
Although crime levels remain relatively low in Norfolk, rural
areas are more prone to offences such as fuel and scrap metal theft
along with rural-specific crimes such as theft of agricultural
machinery and hare coursing.
Chief Superintendent Nick Dean said: Used since April this
year, the use of Specials on horseback scheme has provided us with
a visible yet reassuring presence in the local communities where
In terms of Operational Randall, it gives us another tool in
the box to obtain information and intelligence received from the
rural community to help us be more effective and pro-active in
enforcement and prevention of crime. I d take this opportunity to
re-iterate our gratitudefor the support given by our partners in
the farming community.
It should be pointed out that there is also
no additional cost to the Constabulary as the specials use their
Rural householders and farmers are encouraged to sign up to
Norfolk Constabulary s Police Direct news service, to receive free
updates by e-mail, phone or SMS about crimes, security advice and
notable arrests in their area.