Hertfordshire’s Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) has appointed a new sergeant.
Ryan Hemmings took over the role earlier this month, replacing Jamie Bartlett who retired at the end of last year.
“It’s a role I’ve been interested in for many years,” said Ryan. “For the last two years I have been the neighbourhood sergeant for Berkhamsted and Tring, previously working as an SNT Sergeant in Hemel Hempstead and Rickmansworth, so I’ve always considered myself more of a rural officer.
“I’ve also worked closely with the rural team over the years, so it felt like a natural transition.”
ROST is the Constabulary’s specialist team which focuses on rural and agricultural issues, wildlife crime and heritage crime.
They support local safer neighbourhood teams and response officers, providing advice on subjects such as badger bating, hare coursing and crimes impacting on the county’s heritage – including the theft of lead from churches.
The team also provides training on rural matters for new recruits and regularly hosts two-day rural awareness courses for any colleagues looking to improve their knowledge.
Responding to the appointment CLA Regional Director Cath Crowther said:
“Rural crime is a major issue for our members and we work very closely with police forces across our region to ensure it remains a priority for officers. We look forward to meeting Ryan soon and hearing more on how he plans to tackle crime in rural Hertfordshire.”