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Neighbourhood policing a must for rural communities


RURAL COMMUNITIES will continue to be served by dedicated neighbourhood policing teams, according to a new Statement published today.

The new Rural Policing Statement 2019 acknowledges that crimes tend to be different in rural areas compared to urban, and a different kind of response from policing is needed. The Statement highlights some of the activities which Durham Constabulary undertakes in rural areas, in partnership with local people and how they are making a difference.

The Statement, issued jointly by Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, and Chief Constable Mike Barton, follows consultation with residents, and sets out the next steps 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 to protected sites and habitats.

Enhanced ways of working to tackle local issues included the introduction of Community Safety Responders, cross-border working, Community Speedwatch initiatives, an additional police vehicle, additional staff training, the availability of Community Peer Mentors, and greater partnership working.

Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg said “I have agreed to fund an extended fleet of drones that, over time, will undoubtedly improve officers’ capacity in a number of areas, including in having sight of large rural areas quickly. I am also pleased that the Police are recruiting more Police Community Safety Volunteers, adding capacity and increasing the police presence locally.”

Chief Constable Mike Barton added “our most important partners in tackling rural crime, are local people. Anyone who experiences a crime, or witnesses anti-social behaviour, should report it. You will be taken seriously and the Police will want to help”.


To access the Rural Statement 2019 click here


-         For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact Jon Carling or Sarah Harris on 07814 174417 or pcvc.media@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

Posted on Thursday 25th October 2018
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