New police officers, equipment and training are being introduced in Nottinghamshire to tackle rural crime.

As part of a cash injection into rural policing, new resources have been announced in attempt to stop rural crime in Nottinghamshire.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry, has made funding available to policing resources as part of her bid to get tough on criminals in rural communities. Residents can expect to see specialist beat officers across the county to ensure more visible front-line policing so that they feel safer in their communities.

Commissioner Henry said: “We are determined to catch those who blight the lives of so many in our beautiful villages. Our plan will do just that.”

“The problems have been escalating and the farming community can’t continue to cope with the disruption.”
Andy Guy, National Farmers’ Union

The money will be invested in new state-of-the-art equipment to ensure officers have the tools they need in order to prevent the crimes taking place. This will include drones, off-road motorbikes, fixed and mobile Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in rural locations, thermal imaging goggles and 4×4 vehicles.

Other plans include working closely with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). As well as this, a Neighbourhood Alert programme will be introduced to keep those in rural communities updated on the latest news as well as a specific rural and wildlife crime online reporting service.

Andy Guy from the National Farmers’ Union said: “Rural Crime has been an ever-increasing problem for Nottinghamshire farmers in recent years. Whether it is hare coursing or fly-tipping, the theft of fuel or machinery, the problems have been escalating and the farming community can’t continue to cope with the disruption.”

Nottinghamshire Police’s lead for rural crime Chief Inspector Heather Sutton said: “I feel really positive about the future of policing rural and wildlife matters in Nottinghamshire. Our officers will have a more co-ordinated approach to rural and wildlife crime, more training, access to national experts and more importantly, we’ll have the kit and equipment to do what we need to do in your rural areas.”