SAPOL are cracking down on the number of livestock thefts across the state

Operation Poach underway

SAPOL are cracking down on the number of livestock thefts across the state

Operation Poach is a strategic operation by SA Police that monitors rural crime involving the theft of commercial livestock.  The operation commenced in 2011 and since that time the joint agency partnership with PIRSA has provided greater intelligence capabilities and investigational response.

Last financial year the impact of reported stock theft was estimated to be at close to $1 million in SA alone, however there has been a general decline in reported theft since Operation Poach was introduced.

SA Police currently have 15 Agricultural Liaison Officers (AGLOs) working in regional Local Service Areas with eight authorised as Inspectors under the Livestock Act 1997.

Last week a new training initiative was launched to reinvigorate the focus of Operation Poach in our regional areas by developing a new innovative training package to be rolled out to all regional policing areas.

Assistant Commissioner Bronwyn Killmier sees the training package as an important step to increase the capability to investigate and enforce laws surrounding stock theft.

“This rollout, along with the valuable ongoing relationship with other key stakeholder agencies such as PIRSA, is vital in helping rural property owners and managers protect their property,” she said.

Anyone who has any information that may assist police in relation to livestock theft is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at you can remain anonymous.

In addition to ensuring all livestock are registered on the National Livestock Identification System, police have a range of crime prevention information available online, including a Rural Security Booklet which provides a valuable security checklist. Visit