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Specialist training for NSW Police Force Rural Crime Investigators is part of an ongoing strategy targeting rural crime.

A biennial nationally-accredited course delivered by the Department of Primary Industries was held in Goulburn and Marulan earlier this month for the second time.

The training involved equipping officers with techniques to handle, muster, move, identify and draft livestock, and use hand-held e-business tools.

Western Region Commander and NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Rural Crime, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said stock theft remains the highest contributing factor linked to rural stealing events.

“Cattle, sheep and other livestock are very valuable so it doesn’t take too many head to be stolen to have a significant impact on producers,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“Our Rural Crime Investigators are very dedicated and often operate their own properties, giving them an innate understanding of the industry, and the challenges they face.”

Statistics show the incidents of sheep theft remain the highest across the state, followed by cattle theft.

“The New England Local Area Command has the highest rate of stock theft incidents over the past three years, followed by Monaro and Darling River,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The NSW Police is committed to reducing rural crime and we’re very keen to hear from anyone with information that could help our officers in tackling this issue.

“We encourage all farmers to get to know their local Rural Crime Investigator, and to report any crime, no matter how big or small,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

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