Find out how we police our rural communities and sign up to our Country Watch messaging scheme.

Hampshire Constabulary has a dedicated Country Watch team across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The main aims of Country Watch are:

  • To reduce rural crime,
  • Reassure rural residents 
  • Improve communication and engagement
  • Investigate and offer advice about wildlife crime

Country Watch officers work closely with Neighbourhood Policing Teams to identify, and disrupt through proactive operations, those intent on committing offences in our rural areas. 

To keep up to date with the work of the Country Watch team, sign up to our free community messaging system  

Country Watch Priorities

Through consultation with rural communities the following areas have been identified as having the greatest impact on rural life:

  • Rural theft
  • Poaching
  • Nuisance vehicles

Contact your local Country Watch team by calling 101 or emailing

Rural Issues Group

This group is chaired by a chief inspector and is made up of representatives from all of the rural areas of Hampshire Constabulary. The group aims to share best practice, forge links with other rural police forces and community bodies and deal with emerging issues across the force.

You can view details of your Neighbourhoods team online or find out who they are by calling 101.

Useful links

Unauthorised Traveller Encampments Document

Secure Your Fertiliser

Hampshire Horse Watch

Country Business and Land Association (CLA)

National Farmers Union (NFU)

NFU Mutual

National Gamekeepers Organisation

ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service