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Hertfordshire Community Horse Patrol

posted 19 Jun 2012, 03:26 by Selina Serbin   [ updated 19 Jun 2012, 11:48 ]

Hertfordshire Community Horse Patrol - Keeping your local area safe and free from arson.

Working in partnership with Herts Fire and Rescue Service and St Albans Council

The Community Horse Patrol idea was formed to combat ongoing issues with arson attacks in the St Albans District.

This scheme involves competent riders, with reliable, bomb-proof horses, volunteering to ride out as and when they normally would, and becoming the eyes and ears in rural areas that are not accessable by conventional means.

Riders and their horses are provided with uniform for when out on patrol, which allows them access to footpaths not normally availiable to riders, bridlepaths and roadways to report flytipping, broken fencing or any saftey issue that needs addressing.

A direct hotline for reporting such findings has been set up, and St Albans Council ensure attendance within 24 hours, reducing the number of arson cases.

So far Community Horse Patrol has 'gone live' in 4 yards in the local area, and we are looking for more volunteers to cover Chiswell Green, and Wheathampstead areas.

Requirements for Patrol Volunteer Officers in uniform are:

  • Over 18 years old
  • must be a competent rider
  • must have access to a well mannered horse
  • you must follow a code of conduct
  • Footpaths are to be used for gaining access only - riders must strictly adhere to  'WALK ONLY on footpatpaths' rule
  • Log book records of patrols must be kept up to date
  • politeness and respect should be shown at all times

You will be privided with a uniform, business cards, log books and a large scale map of your patrol area. We also offer training in first aid and incident management