Cleveland Rural Crime Team has been crowned ‘Best Country Crime Fighter 2014’ for the North East by NFU Mutual, at the leading rural insurer’s Awards ceremony that took place at Saddlers Hall, London on Thursday 9th October.
Applauded for its outstanding contribution to crime prevention, the scheme was presented with a cheque for £500 to help fund future anti-crime initiatives in the North East.
On receiving the Award, Inspector Dan Maddison from Cleveland Police, said “I am proud to accept this accolade on behalf of everyone in the team who has invested so much time and effort in the fight against rural crime. It is a vocation which is both demanding and rewarding.
“Communicating effectively with people who live and work in the countryside helps us stay one step ahead of the criminals. It would be impossible for the scheme to do what it does without the support of the rural community we serve.”
Richard Percy, Chairman of NFU Mutual, said: “As part of the fabric of country life, we have a responsibility to offer continued support to rural communities in their on-going fight against crime.
“The scheme has managed to unite the community in the fight against crime, through perseverance and creativity, which has not only earned it the respect of the local community but contributed to the neighbourhood being a much safer place.”
Providing farmers with covert wildlife cameras to disrupt illegal activities on private land, the Cleveland Rural Crime Team has lead many night time operations to help catch poachers and disrupt illegal activities.
Inspector Maddison in particular was also commended for delivering rural crime conferences to provide information on security.
Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added "I’m delighted our efforts in terms of tackling
rural crime have been recognised and hope we can continue to work with the rural community in the future to keep Cleveland safe."
Details of all winners can be found at www.nfumutual.co.uk/crimefighters
Posted on Tuesday 14th October 2014