Posted on 9th October 2017
Our officers from the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team have branched out with their own Facebook page as they work to target rural crime and protect communities affected by them.
Based in the Derbyshire Dales, PCs James Bowler, Debbie Hall and Andy Shaw, led by Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, form the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team.
It is a unit which has been set up to target crime affecting rural and farming communities including wildlife and acquisitive crimes such as theft and burglary.
The team also aim to raise awareness of how people can protect themselves from crime and to keep communities in the know about crimes affecting rural communities and the work being done to tackle them.
To help them spread the word, the team are now branching out further into social media, and have set up a Facebook page which they manage alongside their Twitter account.
The Derbyshire Rural Crime Team is also supported by Police Support Volunteers, Special Constables, and specialist wildlife officers across the force.
Team Sgt. Andy Wordsworth said: “We’re now using our own Facebook page, as well as Twitter, to share news, advice and information affecting the rural and farming communities of the Derbyshire Dales.
“Our unit has been set up in order to look after the rural community and is geared towards investigating offences committed against working farms which includes theft of quad bikes, 4x4s, livestock, agricultural equipment and breaks to farming outbuildings as well as other rural and wildlife crime such as poaching, badger baiting, and illegal off-roading.
“We’ll be sharing information about our work, appeals, and results along with crime prevention advice and other items we think are both interesting and relevant to the communities we serve. If you’re on Facebook, why not give us a like and follow what we’re up to.”
You can find the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team on Facebook by following this link: www.facebook.com/ruralcrimeteam or log onto Facebook and search Derbyshire Rural Crime Team.
If you’re a Twitter user, you can still follow the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team by searching @DerbyshireRCU.
While the team will be regularly updating their Facebook and Twitter pages with appeals and information, their accounts are not monitored 24 hours a day and people are urged to continue to report crime by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.