Push in Suffolk to tackle rural crime
Suffolk Police is launching an initiative which will see officers dedicated to tackling offenders who target farms and rural communities.
Rural crime comes in many different forms, ranging from offences against wildlife, such as hare-coursing, theft of fuels, including diesel and heating oils, and stealing metal.
Now, police are strengthening their response to those who commit these crimes by introducing the following:
- A new team of special constables, who will work in the Mid-Suffolk area.
- Their remit will be to engage with rural businesses and communities on a regular basis, pro-actively patrolling farms and rural spaces to provide reassurance and prevent offences, working to reduce rural problems such as fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, gathering intelligence, and targeting identified rural crime hot spots.
- It is hoped that setting up a dedicated team will not only help catch criminals, but develop methods for preventing rural crime in the first place.
- The team will be working in conjunction with local Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the district.
- Also being introduced are dedicated rural crime police officers, who will work closely with the team of specials, but will have a particular focus on hare-coursing.
- These officers will pro-actively engage with farming and rural communities, offering advice and patrolling areas where hare-coursing has occurred previously or is likely to deter offenders.
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Saturday 25 May 2013
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