Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is placing rural issues high on the agenda following national talks about criminality in the countryside.
Commissioner Tipping took part in the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Rural Crime Conference, held at Leicestershire Police headquarters.
The event pulled together police and crime commissioners from across the country to discuss the issues facing rural communities and the impact of offending on confidence and local livelihoods.
Commissioner Tipping is very keen to address the problems experienced by rural communities which range from anti-social behaviour and speeding to wildlife crime and cruelty. A large proportion of Nottinghamshire is rural and the communities here have different needs and expectations of the police than those in more densely populated areas, which is something Commissioner Tipping wants to understand better through consultation.
During the conference, PCCs discussed the presence of organised crime groups operating in rural areas and the links between seemingly low-level rural offending and more serious organised crime. They also supported the idea of increasing information sharing between the public and ‘watch’ schemes to build intelligence and to extend the use of Special Constables in the countryside to strengthen capacity and resilience, something Commissioner Tipping agrees with.
Commissioner Tipping said: “I’m very serious about addressing the concerns of people who live in rural parts of Nottinghamshire. One of the ways I aim to do this is by increasing our physical presence within these communities following the recruitment of 150 more police officers and 35 further PCSOs this year alone. With additional numbers planned for the coming years I am sure that rural communities will see a real difference. We know that visibility is key to making people feel safer but with additional personnel the intention is also to be able to tackle more of their problems.
“The conference touched on the idea of developing stronger partnerships with rural organisations and I for one can see the huge value in working more closely with our parish councils. The possibility of using parish constables and rural special constables is something I would like to consider as it could bring considerable value to our intelligence-gathering abilities as well as act as a deterrent.”
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Posted on Thursday 25th July 2013