North Yorkshire police is urging all members of the rural community, including keepers, to consider becoming a special constable.

Specials are uniformed parttime volunteers who have the same powers as regular police officers. Wildlife crime officer PC Mark Rasbeary of North Yorkshire police told Shooting Times that gamekeepers have traditionally been the second line in policing rural areas, but more are needed to work within an official capacity: “The knowledge they can impart to regular officers is invaluable and keepers have been instrumental in the prevention and detection of a number of offences in the county. Working as a special also allows the keeper to get an understanding of the difficulties involved in policing such a large rural county.”

The rest of this article appears in 2nd September issue of Shooting Times.

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