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Police cracking down on rural crime during week of action

Derbyshire’s rural crime team are taking part in a national week of action to help combat rural and wildlife crime in our county.

The week, which is led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), invites all police forces to ‘conduct proactive wildlife and rural crime operations’ in order to tackle issues which affect their specific areas.

During this week the team, led by Sergeant James Shirley, will be carrying out proactive work and patrols across Derbyshire with a view to, not only stopping potential crimes, but also engaging with rural communities.

Part of this work will also include a day of skill sharing and training to ensure that officers across the county are equipped to deal with rural and wildlife crimes should they arise.

Sergeant Shirley said: “Following a really successful ‘Rural Crime Day of Action’ last year the NPCC have decided to expand this into a week’s worth of action.

“This is a great opportunity for us, as a relatively new team, to show our rural communities what we can do and how we can work together to stop crimes that affect their livelihoods.

“Rural and wildlife crime not only directly affects those living or working nearby, but also the wider population of Derbyshire and the millions of visitors our beautiful county attracts each year.

“If you think you have been a victim of rural crime or have witnessed a wildlife crime, please report it to us using one of the contact methods below.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa said: “As I have gone around the county’s villages over the last three years, rural communities have asked me for more focus on rural crime.  As a result of such conversations, Derbyshire now has one of the largest specially trained teams of rural crime officers in the country. 

“People tell me they have noticed a difference, which I think has been helped by the new base in Melbourne and a close partnership with the National Farmers’ Union and the farming community.

“In the future we will benefit from the use of the police drone, which can cover vast areas very quickly, and has been paid for by an increase in council tax. We will also see more officers and PCSOs in rural areas. That is what people said they wanted and that is what we will deliver.

“As such, I am fully supportive of the work the team will be undertaking during this rural crime action week and will be attending a number of events during the week to speak to those in our rural communities.”

Wildlife and rural crime can be reported to police via the following contact methods:

  • Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
  • Phone – call 101.

You can also report anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers and National Farmers’ Union rural crime reporting line on 0800 783 0137.

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