North Wales Police is hoping to combat growing rural crime by recruiting farmers as special constables.
Dorian Roberts, the force’s rural community officer, says the idea is being tried in the old county of Meirionydd with the backing of both Welsh farming unions.
“Better road communications mean criminals from outside the area can target farms and be miles away before a theft is noticed,” said Constable Roberts.
“We are doing all we can to make farmers more aware of the problem, and it would help if a small number would become special officers.”
Volunteers would have to take some basic training at times to suit farm activities, and duty rosters would be arranged to fit in with pressures like lambing and harvest.
“I feel that my colleagues will benefit greatly from tapping into the knowledge farmers have of their own communities and the countryside. By going on patrol together they will spot things a non-specialist officer might miss.”