As the new Bedfordshire Police Operation Sentinel Rural Team bed in, the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) lead on Rural Crime, Helena Gilfedder, has had meetings with their new Inspector Mark Farrant, who has provided a significant update on what the Team has been focusing on in the first few weeks of operation, and what they will continue to work on as the seasons change.
Only fully operational since the beginning of February, working with partners and bordering Forces, the Team have seized 19 vehicles and made a number of arrests as well as gathering a huge amount of intelligence to be used for future operations.
Inspector Farrant and his Team are aware of the increased levels of hare-coursing across the county and encourage anyone to call in and report any instances of hare-coursing: when in progress dial 999, when reporting intelligence after the fact call 101.
The Op Sentinel Rural Team will be policing reported incidents of hare-coursing next week, with a focus on the north of the county, utilising the police drones to support the Team’s evidence gathering.
Please feed in any information and intelligence to their designated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving forward, the Op Sentinel Rural Team will focus on various crimes affecting the rural communities across Bedfordshire.