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A better deal for rural communities

Rural Policing Statement

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RURAL COMMUNITIES have seen enhanced policing during the last year, and this is set to continue, according to a new Statement published today.

A new Rural Policing Statement ‘One Year On’ highlights the additional resources that have been implemented over the last 12 months to address rural concerns, and as well as setting out plans for the future.

The Statement, issued jointly by Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, and Chief Constable Mike Barton, explains how the concerns of residents have been listened to and the steps that have been put into place to improve services to rural communities.

Past concerns included theft of livestock and equipment from farms, worrying livestock, fly-tipping, speeding and unsafe driving, poaching, trading in endangered species and damage of protected sites and habitats.

Ron said: "The budget of Durham Constabulary has reduced significantly over the last few years. This has raised concerns about the resources available for rural policing. However, the number of officers working in our rural areas has remained stable over the past year, and there are more based at Barnard Castle than a year ago. There is also the Special Constabulary, doing a fantastic job working with our rural communities.

"Last year with the launch of the first Statement, we made a number of commitments about rural policing. Since then, the police have enhanced how they are tackling local issues, including the introduction of Community Safety Responders, cross-border working, Community Speedwatch initiatives, an additional police vehicle, additional staff training, use of mobile tablet technology and greater partnership working."

CLICK HERE to view the Rural Policing Statement

-ENDS

Posted on Friday 24th March 2017
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