We’re launching Operation Galileo for the 2020/21 season by making life even more difficult for hare coursers thanks to a partnership with 20 police forces from across the UK.
By working with other forces across the country we can share information and intelligence on offenders who cause the greatest harm to our rural communities.
The last two seasons have seen the fewest number of incidents on record in Lincolnshire, a concerted effort to encourage timely reporting from the local community, and use of technology such as Police Drones and the What3Words App for accurate locations. With 873 incidents during the 2018/19 Season and 1043 incidents last year, there is still more work to be done, but it is clear support from local residents is having a real impact.
Prevention continues to be the focus of Operation Galileo, supported by more sophisticated prosecution and intelligence gathering capabilities.
Lincolnshire has continued to invest in its ability to use drones and has them available for use in rural areas 24hrs a day. Many other forces now possess drones and can monitor hare coursers trespassing without them knowing, and present the evidence at court more than ever before.
Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, the force’s lead for rural crime, says:
“We are in good shape for this season. Last season was very positive and we are looking at building on that, while also improving our efforts to fight other rural crimes such as theft of machinery and dangerous driving.
“People who live in our rural communities play a vital part in helping us gather intelligence, and we really need their support.”
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