Rural communities and businesses face different public safety challenges than their urban counterparts. One of the primary goals of modern policing is to understand these complex risks and threats so that they can be better addressed.
In recognition of this, the Constabulary and the Commissioner have signed up to the National Rural Crime Network – a multi-agency think tank which champions a better understanding of rural crime and delivers effective ways to keep rural communities safer.
The network, which will undertake extensive research into rural crime and anti-social behaviour and will publish information for community safety providers on its website, was established in July 2014. It is currently supported by 29 Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across England and Wales in addition to a host of other bodies with an interest in community safety and rural affairs.
The network will also facilitate the sharing of best practice across multiple forces to increase resilience against rural crime and highlight the emergence of national trends. It adds to the excellent work already undertaken in the county by the likes of Countryside Watch and the National Farmers Union.