North Herts riders to saddle up for Community Horse Patrol Scheme

The Community Horse Patrol Scheme is run by the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in partnershi

The Community Horse Patrol Scheme is run by the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council. Picture: NHDC - Credit: Archant

A initiative that works with local horse riders to combat rural crime in North Herts has launched in Kelshall.

The Community Horse Patrol Scheme – or CHiPS for short – is run by the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service working in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council.

The scheme aims to cut rural and environmental crime and make the countryside a safer place, by recruiting volunteer horse riders to report offences – including fly-tipping, hare coursing or unattended bonfires.

Volunteers and their horses are kitted out in official branded high visibility clothing when out patrolling, creating a reassuring presence for villagers and visitors to the area.

The scheme is funded by the Joint Operational Group, part of the North Hertfordshire Community Safety Partnership.

For more go to facebook.com/CHIPS-Hertfordshire-Fire-and-Rescue-Community-Horse-Patrols.