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The National Gamekeepers? Organisation (NGO)is to train police forces in an initiative to improve law enforcement in rural areas and reduce the wrongful arrest of gamekeepers and other lawful shooters.

A new NGO one-day course titled Gamekeeping and the Law: Training for the Police is being offered free of charge to officers and civilians within any police force in England and Wales. It is designed for those who wish to know more about what keepers do, what the law actually says on things such as trapping, shooting, poaching and other rural crimes, and shows how keepers and the police can work together.

The printed course material has been endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Representatives of every police force at the National Wildlife Crime Enforcers? Conference said that they would like the course to be delivered to their staff, and Sussex, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire forces have each asked for more than 100 employees to be trained by the NGO.

The rest of this article appears in 20th October issue of Shooting Times.

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