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How CHIPS Horse Patrol Is Evolving

posted 22 Jul 2012, 14:46 by Selina Serbin   [ updated 22 Jul 2012, 14:47 ]

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

Last month we were able to inform you of a new scheme which has been formed to combat the ongoing issue with arson attacks, fly tipping, and safety considerations in the St Albans area.

Hertfordshire Community horse patrol works in partnership with Herts Fire and Rescue Service and St Albans Council
to be the eyes and ears in rural areas that are not accessable by coventional means. Our aim is to have all areas within the St Albans council boarders to be covered by a patrol, and we requested competent riders, owning reliable, bombproof horses, to consider applying to become Horse Patrol Volunteers.

CHIPS recieved an amazing amount of interest and have since gained another patrol based in Barley Mow Stables, and talks are in progress to base another in Wheathampstead - all gained from last issue's article!

Hertfordshire's Chief Fire Officer Tweeted my page on his own twitter account. It was spotted, and read, by the London Fire Service.

Queens Ponies Training Academy have been invited to provide two representitive patrol officers to take part in the Tunnel 2 Towers run 21st October 2012, as Herts Fire and Rescue are the only county in England using horses for patrols.

The 5km charity run will start from Southwark Park, Bermondsey, through the Rotherhithe Tunnel and Wapping and Finishing with a Street Party in Billingsgate Market within the shadows of the Canary Wharf Towers in London’s Docklands.

(More information on the Tunnel 2 Towers run can be found at

In the last month alone 158 hours of patrol has been covered by CHIPS officers. 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.

I will keep you up to date with the progression of CHIPS, and we'll continue to spread the news of all the hard work our Patrol Riders put in - who knows.....maybe there will be interest from other Hertfordshire councils also funding the idea for their area?

 We are always looking for more volunteers to patrol the St Albans area, should you require any further information please don't hesitate to contact: