Responding to the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said:
“The response to this national survey sends a clear message to those in positions of power – rural communities have a poor perception of policing and they feel left behind and misunderstood by the criminal justice system. As chair of the Tees Rural Crime Forum, I regularly hear first-hand the concerns and priorities of people living in rural areas.
“That’s why my office has made a conscious and consistent effort to work closely with rural communities and partners, to improve confidence in criminal justice and to develop multi-agency strategies for reducing crime and antisocial behaviour.
“Following my £1.5m investment in neighbourhood policing, Cleveland Police has appointed a Rural Crime Prevention Officer, who has built strong relationships with rural communities, used special constables to provide a policing presence in rural neighbourhoods and developed a volunteer-led Rural Watch scheme.
“Later this year my office will join Cleveland Police and other partners to mark Rural Crime Action Week – a series of engagement events and action in Cleveland’s rural areas. I would encourage anyone interested in taking part or learning more about the planned events to get in touch with my office.
“At present, police resources are at far lower levels than they were ten years ago and forces must adapt accordingly, to ensure residents in all areas receive the service they deserve. I will continue to work closely with partners from police, fire, criminal justice agencies and local government to better understand the needs of rural residents and work to build their confidence in reporting crime.”
Posted on Monday 23rd July 2018