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Police commissioner backs National Rural Crime Network

CAMBRIDGESHIRE has become the latest county to sign up to a new rural crime network that aims to sharpen the approach to countryside-based criminality.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright have become members of the National Rural Crime Network – a multiagency think tank that 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 antisocial behaviour and 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. Involvement in this network supports the work already done by the Constabulary in partnership with Countryside Watch, The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and other rural agencies to help combat rural crime.

One of the priorities of the NetwNCRN logo two colourork is to influence policy and strategy decisions on rural crime to ensure isolated communities are better understood. It is currently preparing to undertake the country’s largest ever rural crime survey.

Announcing the Force’s membership, Sir Graham said: “I’m delighted to add my support to the National Rural Crime Network which gives small, isolated communities a bigger voice. Rural communities often feel neglected in comparison to their urban counterparts where policing resources are more concentrated. However, rural communities face complex and often serious threats which must be addressed to ensure everyone living in Cambridgeshire feels safe.

“This new research body will bring those of us involved with improving rural safety together in one place to ensure we have the latest tools and information to protect local people. It will also facilitate the sharing of vital intelligence and best practice cross-border to increase our resilience against the criminal threats that target rural areas.

“I look forward to drawing upon the expertise and research this network will offer to improve the way we respond to rural crime in Cambridgeshire.”

Chief Inspector James Sutherland, Ar ea Commander – South Cambridgeshire and Rural Crime lead for Cambridgeshire Constabulary – said: “The Constabulary is working hard to pick up the pace in our response to rural crime.  We’ve done some good work over the last twelve months and with the help of the Rural Crime Network we look forward to achieving even more for the rural community over the coming months.”

Julia Mulligan, Chair of the National Rural Crime Network and Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said “The Network provides the resources and platform for practitioners to work together to tackle rural crime. This new website will allow people from across the country to share their experiences, discuss issues and learn from each other without leaving their own communities.  It lets people find out what schemes work best, and then get those shared quickly throughout England and Wales so everyone can benefit.”

“For the first time, rural crime can be discussed in one place and without geographic boundaries, allowing national trends to be identified and, when appropriate, national policies to be developed.”

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