Bedfordshire Police will use drones to police rural areas

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Bedfordshire Police has launched a new rural policing team to combat crime in ‘remote’ areas of the county.

Operation Sentinel Rural was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway, and Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, in Thurleigh.

The new team will tackle issues that cause the greatest harm to the countryside and rural communities across the county.

These include hare coursing, fly-tipping, hunting, sheep worrying and dispersing traveller encampments.

The operation will also be partnered with Hertfordshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police to tackle road crimes including drink-driving and driving with no insurance.

The team has received additional training in identifying and proactively tackling rural issues with nominated officers who leads in specific areas.

The team will also use drone technology, which can also be used to assist in the search for missing people, document crime scenes, chemical incidents and support fatal and serious collision investigations.

Commenting on the launch, Inspector Mark Farrant who leads Op Sentinel Rural for Bedfordshire Police, said: “If it’s an issue that matters to our rural communities, then it matters to us, and this new initiative will see us clamp down on those causing issues.

“We are a highly motivated team which is determined to make a difference and provide a positive impact.”