Posted on 6th December 2018
Officers on the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team have been helping to raise the profile of the issues they are targeting on national and local levels recently.
During the few weeks members of the team have spent time discussing rural and countryside related crime issues with colleagues from other forces, professionals from other organisations, politicians and leaders and in the media.
On Tuesday, November 30, High Sherriff of Derbyshire, Lucy Palmer, spent time with the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team on patrol, covering almost the full 300 sq. mile area which they cover.
During the visit they shared with her more about their work, and as a result the team have been invited to visit Locko Hall to present to residents in the south of the county information about rural crime.
Officers from the team, along with our Wildlife Officer, attended the Wildlife Crime Enforcers Conference in York, where they were able to discuss issues facing colleagues in other areas, and to share ideas and best practice.
On Friday, November 23 the team visited the headquarters of the Home Office in London to discuss rural crime matters, including badger culls and hunting, with representatives from the College of Policing, the League Against Cruel Sports and the Countryside Alliance.
The previous day officers were filmed by BBC East Midlands Today who are set to run a piece on rural crime, its impact and ways to prevent it, as well as visiting JCB Headquarters to discuss issues and solutions around plant and agricultural vehicle and equipment thefts.
Finally, during the past week has also seen a question raised by the team about acquisitive rural crime in the House of Lords and in the New Year our officers are also booked to discuss rural matters with government issues at the Houses of Parliament.
Sergeant James Shirley, of the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team, which covers the Derbyshire Dales, said: “It has been a busy few weeks for our team as we continue to work to target rural crime in our area but also raise awareness and the profile of policing in the countryside, and be involved in discussions around rural matters on local and national levels.
“We hope that our team can help to make a difference to policing in rural areas and make a positive contribution to both the present and future communities which we serve.”
You can find out more about the work of the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ruralcrimeteam or on Twitter, @DerbyshireRCT.