Laura White
Laura White

The police that have endeavoured to cut speed on Dartmoor to stop livestock deaths, have won an award.

Devon and Cornwall Police’s Specials Rural Engagement Team has been presented with the Special Constabulary Team of the Year trophy at a regional awards ceremony.

It was their success with Operation Granite in June which led them to winning the Arthur Ellis Memorial Trophy at the Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteer Awards ceremony which was held in Gloucestershire.

Anyone that was found to be speeding across Dartmoor was targeted by the operation. The area has a long-standing problem of motorists killing livestock. In 2016, 188 animals were involved in road incidents on Dartmoor.

This has an impact on the farmers but also poses a risk to the lives of motorists. Working with local communities and partner agencies, officers were able to identify the areas where the impact on the communities was greatest.

Due to the size and unique environment of the area, several partners were invited to provide operational support including special constables from Dorset Police and officers from the Alliance Road Policing Team. Joint patrols were carried out and community engagement and education sessions were run at Princetown. In total 201 vehicles were detected speeding, 50 drivers were reported and 66 verbal warnings were given.

Publicity was gained in the local media and social media posts on the operation were viewed more than 50,000 times.

Rural engagement officer Special Constable Adam Bush said: ‘Due to the success of this operation we have built even stronger relationships with partner agencies and other volunteers in the rural areas in Devon and Cornwall and hopefully reduced the number of animals being hit by motorists and the risk to motorists themselves.’

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