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Police commit to tackling rural crime

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PCC Ron Hogg

RURAL residents have helped to shape the way rural crime and anti-social behaviour is tackled, in a new Statement launched today.

The new Rural Crime and Policing Statement 2016-2021 sets out a commitment by Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Ron Hogg, and Durham Constabulary to tackle issues which affect rural communities.

Over the past few months PCC Ron Hogg has hosted a number of public forums to ask residents in rural communities about issues affecting them. Ron said:

“County Durham and Darlington is largely rural, and the issues affecting rural communities can be very different to those facing our more urban areas. It was important to me to consult with residents and take their views into account. My thanks go to those residents who provided feedback and suggestions to help shape how we tackle these matters in the future.”

The Statement responds to the issues raised by local people, setting out a number of priorities for rural policing, including:

  • exploring the use of average speed cameras in villages
  • increasing the use of night vision goggles to tackle potential poachers and thieves
  • reviewing the multi-agency Community Safety Responders programme
  • improved cross-border collaboration with other Police Forces
  • encouraging people to report crime and anti-social behaviour to the Police

There are already a range of schemes, resources and partnership programmes in place, such as Farm Watch and Neighbourhood Watch. At a time of diminishing resources, the Police are also increasingly using technology and working with partners such as the North East Ambulance Service to make the service as effective and efficient as possible.

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “Our neighbourhood teams are committed to the delivery of the PCC’s plan in rural areas and as part of this will be tackling the things that matter to rural communities.”

The Rural Crime and Policing Statement is available to view on Ron’s website at: http://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Information-Hub/Rural-crime.aspx.  

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • Community Safety Responders work for Durham Constabulary as PCSOs, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service as retained firefighters and as first responders for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS). Refer to page 6 of the Statement for further information.
  • Residents are reminded to contact the police by dialling 101 for non-urgent matters; or to dial 999 in an emergency.
Posted on Tuesday 15th March 2016
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