Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry showed her support for the fight against rural crime by listening to local farmers’ concerns at a recent workshop.
It follows a survey by the National Farmers’ Union that showed trust and confidence in the police’s support for Nottinghamshire’s rural community has risen by 23% in the last year.
Nottinghamshire Police held the Rural Crime Continued Professional Development Day to hear the views of people from the rural community and learn from their experiences, and also to highlight some of the work being carried out across the county to tackle rural crime.
The event started at Hall Farm in Linby, with a Working Farm Workshop on rural crime, led by Andy Guy, Nottinghamshire County Adviser for the National Farmers’ Union.
The group then spent the afternoon at Nottinghamshire Police’s Joint Headquarters at Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, for a networking event, where they heard from Chief Constable Kate Meynell, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and the Environment Agency.
The eventon Wednesday 12 April also showcased initiatives to provide equipment to prevent rural burglaries, thefts and other crimes, as well as Operation Sahara, the force’s crackdown on the perpetrators of rural crime.
Commissioner Henry said: “Events like this are really important in ensuring the views of the rural community are heard and that Nottinghamshire Police can prevent and respond effectively to rural crime and support those affected by it.
“I recognise the importance of tackling rural crime and the disproportionate effect that crime can have on this community, which is why my Office has invested significant funding in improving Nottinghamshire Police’s rural crime offer.
“The results of the independent survey by the National Farmers’ Union show this is having a positive impact, with a huge increase in trust and confidence that Nottinghamshire Police will offer support and advice to victims of rural crime.
“This event was a great chance to build on this and ensure we keep strengthening our relationships with the rural community and ensure we continue investing our rural crime prevention efforts in the right way.”
Andy Guy, of the NFU, added: “This training event was the latest in a series that I have helped to organise and deliver for Nottinghamshire Police. It is fantastic that so many police officers attended the event, at Linby, and the commitment and enthusiasm to tackle rural crime is a credit to both the individuals and the Force.
“Whilst rural crime will never be eliminated, I am sure that this will help to tackle the problem and the farming community will see the benefits in the coming months and years.”
Posted on Wednesday 19th April 2023