WATCH OUR VIDEO - Dorset Police Officers Experience Farm Life
7:40am 27th November 2014
(Updated 7:41am 27th November 2014)
A local farmer has been showing Dorset Police the ins and outs of herding cattle and driving tractors to help show them what rural life is like.
The training exercise at Slepe Farm gave over 50 officers a first-hand experience of working in agriculture to demonstrate the problems of dealing with rural crime.
James Selby Bennett runs the farm and said the impacts can be devastating.
He told Wessex FM: "We've had thefts here. My son was very nearly killed when he was driven off the road by a person who was probably deer poaching. These things happen in rural areas."
James allowed police full access to his farm for the day and he and his workers gave officers an insight into how equipment works and the issues of working with animals.
Officers were also given an extensive tour around the farm to better understand what areas were more vulnerable to thieves and what they could do to help prevent crime.
Inspector Wayne Nock told Wessex FM this kind of experience is vital for police.
He said: "It's proving to be very important because officers may not have had the experience of how to handle horses, how to handle cattle or talking about identification of livestock. Just seeing how the farm environment works is really important."
Wessex FM was invited along for the day. You can watch our video HERE: