HORNCASTLE-based officers are likely to be involved as Lincolnshire Police launch ‘Operation Galileo’ to tackle and reduce the incidents of hare coursing.
The force says the formation of a dedicated team will increase capacity to respond to incidents and bring offenders to justice.
Inspector Andy Ham explained, “During the hare coursing season, which lasts from around September to March, the number of incidents has increased each year.
“Hare coursing, as well as being illegal, causes disruption, inconvenience and alarm to members of our rural communities.
“Evidence shows that the type of people who participate in it are often involved in other forms of criminal activity and in the main come from outside of Lincolnshire, regularly as repeat offenders.
“Having a dedicated team will enable us to not only respond quickly to reports and calls from the public, but it will also mean that we can improve the way in which we gather intelligence, monitor activities, patterns and locations, and consequently plan our policing activities and resources for maximum effect”.
The newly formed Galileo team will consist of a sergeant and six PC’s, one of whom will be the Force Wildlife Officer, and one a Dog Handler.
They will work their shifts according to periods when hare coursing has been shown to peak.
Inspector Ham added: “We are determined to tackle this crime proactively and want to send out a strong message to criminals that Lincolnshire is not an easy target for their activities.
“We are seeking to disrupt their networks and deter them from blighting our countryside with their crimes”.
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