Progress on plans for two teams of Rural Special Constables to help fight wildlife crime and other criminal offences in Nottinghamshire’s countryside is to be presented to Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping at a meeting today (Wednesday 20th May).
Members of the public are invited to attend the Commissioner’s strategic resources and performance meeting and hear about steps being taken to create this new addition to policing in rural areas.
The meeting at The Balderton Village Centre in Balderton, near Newark, was due to start at 10am.
After the presentation on rural crime there will be updates on the running of Nottinghamshire Police, including financial and performance reports relating to both the past year and to the future, a spokesman said.
Commenting on the rural policing plans, Mr Tipping said: “This scheme focuses on reducing crime in our villages and parkland, on farms and agricultural land with a view to playing an increasingly important role in protecting our rural areas.
“The plan is for the two teams to keep tight links with Nottinghamshire Police’s wildlife crime officers, helping to both prevent rural crime and increase the community engagement, reassurance and problem solving necessary to support those who live in rural areas while also protecting our heritage.
“One of my key priorities this year is the focus on rural crime and I hope that this scheme will be a significant stride forward in further tackling the criminals who cause harm and suffering in our more isolated places.”
As well as creating two teams of rural special constables, the force is also looking at deploying additional specials to work in open spaces and on waterways.
All in all, the rural areas expected to benefit from this new branch of support is far-reaching, with the focus including forestry, wasteland, parkland and conservation areas, he said.