Nottinghamshire Police Horse Watch
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE HORSE WATCH has now been launched (July 2017) and is another strand in the work being done to tackle rural crime.
Horse Watch is a bit like Neighbourhood Watch. Members will share information about any suspicious activity or issues that concern them as well as alerting the police and partners to issues such as fly tipping, fly grazing and illegal off-road biking.
Head-cams have been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner which wil be available to those wishing to wear one while riding out, enabling information to be captured on video if they see anything suspicious.
Horse Watch members will share their information with police and partners and indeed the public, as the Facebook page has already proved really popular.
The project is being led by Inspector Louise Clarke who explained that members will not intervene in any incidents nor be asked to address any particular policing problem. They will not be doing anything beyond their normal riding behaviour and activities and reporting to the police if they see something that they feel is suspicious.
If the pilot proves successful then it is intended that it be rolled out across the County. If you own a horse and are interested in becoming a member, have a look at the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NottsPoliceHorseWatch/