Cheshire is renowned for its beautiful countryside and farmland,
which encourages some very rich and diverse wildlife habitats.
Since so much of the county’s population lives or works in the
countryside, rural policing is a vital aspect of
keeping Cheshire residents safe.
Rural communities are usually small and
closely knit, and the impact of crime can
often feel greater. Cheshire Police recognises
this and seeks to provide support and reassurance to those living
in villages and rural areas.
We are committed to protecting wildlife and the
environment, and tackling rural issues.
The main roles of Cheshire Police's rural and wildlife officers
- coordinating investigations involving rural
crimes or affecting rural residents.
- liaising with other agencies, including RSPCA,
RSPB, Environment Agency, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Wirral and
Cheshire Badger Group, Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England,
to collate and disseminate information on rural and wildlife
- provide information and support to police
officers on rural issues.
- education through talks to farmers, landowners and the public
to raise awareness of wildlife issues, rural crime
policing and the devastating results of animal cruelty.
As with any type of crime, we rely on the assistance of the
public and agencies to enable us to detect offences and prosecute
offenders. You can help us by being our eyes and ears.
Report things that make you suspicious. Wildlife
criminals are often involved in other types of crime. Your call may
lead police to uncover all sorts of illegal activity.
- For non-emergencies contact the police
on 101 and the information will be passed
immediately to specialist rural officer.
- Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800