Rural Beat is a new twice yearly magazine created for
people living and working in rural areas which features the
on-going police work keeping Hertfordshire’s countryside safe.
Rural Beat features just some of the highlights of this on-going
work and also includes articles concerning rural issues and crime
prevention tips to protect against typical crimes.
The first edition introduces a new team of police officers fighting
rural crime in Royston, how the public can get involved in
protecting the county’s heritage and what the Constabulary is doing
to tackle rural burglary, acquisitive crime, fly-grazing, poaching
and hare coursing. It also contains information about how the
public can get involved in protecting the countryside by becoming a
Rural Special Constable.
The idea to produce a magazine for Hertfordshire’s rural community
was conceived by the Constabulary’s Rural Operational Support Team
(ROST). The ROST is a five strong team of police officers
specialised in preventing crimes concerning wildlife, agriculture,
equine issues, the county’s heritage and the local environment
Rural and Neighbourhood Inspector Jason Thorne, who leads the
ROST, said: “Hertfordshire has vast areas of countryside which can
face quite specific crime issues. As a result, it is important to
us as a force that we engage with this area of our community as
much as possible and demonstrate we understand and are doing all we
can to tackle the crime issues concerning people living and working
in rural areas.
“We hope that Rural Beat will be a great platform to showcase just
some of the rural policing work that takes place in the county
every day that people might not otherwise be aware of.”
Get a Printed Copy
Printed copies of Rural Beat will be available at rural policing
events across the county and the ROST can also be contacted if
members of the public would like to receive a copy by emailing