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Patrols to Tackle Rural Crime

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7:50am 13th August 2014
(Updated 11:51am 13th August 2014)

Special constables from Dorset Police have been involved in a cross border operation to tackle rural crime.

30 PCSO's joined  colleagues from Wiltshire and Hampshire in a weekend of pro-active patrols.

Special Sergeant Ben Muspratt, of Dorset Police, said: "Building on the success of the first Operation Seashell held in April 2014 along with Wiltshire Police, I set around swiftly planning the second to include Hampshire Constabulary also.

"It is very clear that this high visibility operation has had a positive impact on the community. It has demonstrated to residents that all three forces are committed to tackling rural crime.

"Over 200 person and vehicle checks were conducted which sent out a very clear message to criminals that we will not tolerate such activity. At the start of the shift officers located and stopped three known offenders entering private land.

"The Special Constabulary are keen to help tackle rural crime and we plan to carry out a similar operation later this year. Special Constables are unpaid volunteer Police Officers who have the same powers of arrest and wear the same uniform as regular officers performing a wide range of duties. Dorset Police are currently recruiting Special Constables and I would encourage anyone interested in serving their community to look at our website for more information on this unique voluntary role."

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