BASC has trained front-line police officers to raise awareness and improve their understanding of shooting sports and issues affecting people who live and work in the countryside.
A morning’s training was given to members of Surrey’s neighbourhood policing teams and lead for rural crime.
The training was designed to highlight different types of lawful shooting and identify the equipment each discipline required.
The officers examined a selection of shotguns and rifles, traps and kit.
The training also focused on illegal activity affecting rural communities such as deer poaching and hare coursing.
Michelle Nudds, BASC England South East regional officer, said: “We have worked with Surrey Police previously and this is another example of how they are keen to ensure rural policing is informed and updated on all aspects of shooting sports. More than half of Surrey is rural and this training will not only benefit the officers and staff involved but also the rural communities in which they serve both inside and outside the M25.
“Our specific input is to raise awareness about shooting which will hopefully bring about a better understanding of legitimate shooting activities and improve contact between the police and those who shoot.”
PC Laura Rowley, wildlife and rural crime co-ordinator from Surrey Police, said: “It is so important for all our officers to understand shooting sports and how these activities take place in the countryside. Rural locations present very different challenges so this is a great opportunity to obtain this sort of knowledge from BASC.”