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Tackling rural crime and safety issues

Posted: Monday 31st July 2017


Rural areas face different policing challenges to our towns and cities and the way police services are delivered have changed as a result of the increase in crimes such as human trafficking, modern slavery, cyber-crime and terrorism.  This doesn’t mean however that rural and wildlife crimes are being overlooked.

I have been working closely with the force to make sure that issues raised by rural communities, such as fly-tipping, theft, poaching and hare-coursing, are addressed.  Understandably, people want to know what the force is doing to tackle these problems so we have introduced rural newsletters, dedicated social media and web-sites to run alongside the alert system.  If you feel there are better ways to receive your information please tell us and we will try to accommodate that to!

In the last few months a series of proactive operations in rural areas have seen a number of bikes seized, warnings issued to problem drivers and bike riders, poachers targeted and action taken against antisocial behaviour. 

To bolster this performance, I was delighted to welcome seven Special Constables to our rural team earlier in the year and already they are making a big contribution to rural safety.

From my own office, in my latest round of grant funding I was pleased to award the NFU £7,674 for a proactive crime prevention scheme and £5,000 went to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to help it increase awareness of wildlife crime.  In the next edition, I hope to update you on progress and other new initiatives.

Paddy Tipping
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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