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Rural Beat

Download Rural Beat MagazineRural 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 countywide.ROST


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 Email ROST@herts.pnn.police.uk


Rural Beat