Rural and Environmental Crime

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.

Rural Policing

We are committed to protecting wildlife and the environment, and tackling rural issues.

The main roles of Cheshire Police's rural and wildlife officers are:

  • 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 crime
  • Providing 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.

Rural Policing Strategy

The Rural Policing Strategy has been developed in response to the local and national rural crime surveys and following extensive feedback from Cheshire residents as part of a consultation led by the county’s police and crime commissioner, David Keane.

The strategy outlines what tactics police in rural areas will use to tackle crime. This includes working with partners on preventive methods, using intelligence to identify problems and disrupt criminality and using enforcement to target offenders who cause the most harm.

Reporting rural crime

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 555 111.