Awards for police team tackling hare coursing in South Holland
Four police officers at the heart of an operation to tackle hare coursing in South Holland and Lincolnshire have been recognised for their work.
Chief Inspector Jim Tyner and Constables Martin Green, James Perring and Nick Willey, were presented with Chief Constable’s Commendations at a ceremony on Tuesday.
The four officers, all part of Operation Galileo, were commended for confronting and deterring “very unpleasant people doing really unpleasant things”, according to their citations.
As a result, reports of hare coursing fell by 25 per cent across South Holland and Boston, with a 30.5 per cent drop across Lincolnshire as a whole.
Chief Inspector Tyner, ex-neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland and now tactical lead on rural crime at Lincolnshire Police, said: “The rural crime officers are really pleased to have their work on Operation Galileo recognised in this way.
“We understand that there is still a lot of work to do in this area and thank our partners who have helped us in our fight against hare coursing.”
The rural crime officers are really pleased to have their work on Operation Galileo recognised in this way
In June 2017, Chief Constable Bill Skelly announced the launch of a new Rural Community Safety Strategy in response to complaints from farmers and landowners about the way hare coursing and other rural crime was being treated.
There followed a £750,000 investment in off-road vehicles, thermal imaging technology, dog microchipping equipment and a drone to respond to the threat of hare coursing gangs directly.
The four officers’ citations said: “The Rural Crime Team has helped develop how we more effectively engage with farmers, trained officers across the force around the relevant legislation, and its practical application, been on call and made themselves available to anyone who might need help.
“These officers have all gone well beyond what would normally be expected and without their commitment and dedication, we would not have seen the reduction in offences that we have, resulting in fewer victims of this type of crime across the county.”
Mr Skelly said: “A career in policing is exceptionally challenging, but also rewarding for those who go the extra mile. “Duty and service is at the heart of what we do and there can be no higher calling than to accept it as your duty to serve others.
“I am very proud and privileged to celebrate the successes of these officers.”