New sergeant for South Holland sets sights on tackling rural crime and helping farmers protect their land
South Holland's new policing sergeant is making rural crime his number one priority.
Sergeant (Sgt) Rick Mosley (51), community beat sergeant for Spalding and Crowland, has received a "positive" welcome from people in the town since his transfer from the Bourne and Billingborough policing team in December 2018.
This December, Sgt Mosley will enter his 20th year as a Lincolnshire Police staff member, having spent the first half of his career based in Lincoln.
Sgt Mosley said: "People who I've met in Spalding town centre have been very positive and my time here has been good so far.
"I've just been getting used to the area and the policing team who are all experienced and know the area.
"One of the big issues here is hare coursing which is going to be ongoing for another couple of months.
"Another issue is county lines crime, with gangs bringing in drugs and then using vulnerable people to supply or sell them once they get here.
"In terms of county lines crime, we're aware of it and we're dealing with it."
Sgt Mosley, a father-of-one who succeeded Sgt Sharon Hall, was born in Canada and moved to the UK aged five.
He was brought up on a farm in Nottinghamshire, going on to work in the horse racing industry and serve in the RAF before joining Lincolnshire Police in December 1999.
Sgt Mosley said: "I started in Lincoln city centre where I was on response for two years.
"Then I was community beat manager in west Lincoln for eight years before moving on to become a uniformed investigator in CID where I became acting sergeant for a spell.
"I also worked in public order, underwater search team and forward intelligence teams before transferring to Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings' police team in 2010.
"Whilst there, I worked on response and then neighbourhood policing as a sergeant before going into custody work almost two years ago.
"I thoroughly enjoyed it, getting thoroughly involved in every investigation and making critical decision.
"But then I thought it was time for a change and when the opportunity came up to move to Spalding, I saw it as a chance to re-establish my roots in neighbourhood policing."
As well as his community beat role, Sgt Mosley is also part of the Operation Galileo team which concentrates on tackling hare coursing across the area.
He said: "Having been brought up on a farm, helps me empathise with victims of rural crime which the priority for me.
"It's a big subject for people in South Holland and so I want to tackle it and deal with the offenders by putting them before the courts.
"I also want to help farmers by making their land less appealing for criminals and there are some innovative ideas out there to help them do that."