Police training days upskill officers to tackle rural crime


Police officers in Leicestershire have been gaining an perception into rural crime and the most recent strategies to tackle it throughout specialist training days.

Leicestershire Police’s Rural Crime Team hosted two rural crime prevention training days to construct data and improve abilities for officers who cowl rural areas.

The training targeted on a few of the key points affecting the rural and farming communities of Leicestershire and Rutland.

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PC Rob Cross with tractor and visitors

PC Rob Cross discusses Cesar Datatag safety marking © Leicestershire Police

At one occasion, the workforce of three rural crime officers invited neighbouring power areas and coated subjects, together with Ifor Williams trailer identification, Cesar Datatag ID safety marking applied sciences, primary livestock dealing with, farm familiarisation and legislative updates.

Guest audio system included the NFU and a consultant from equipment supplier Farol, who mentioned the rising points round tractor GPS dome and management display thefts.

PC Rob Cross with trailer and visitors

PC Rob Cross talks about trailer theft prevention © Leicestershire Police

Safety message

Warwickshire farmer James Chapman – who misplaced his left arm after his jacket was caught in a pto shaft throughout a farming accident in 2005 – spoke to officers in regards to the work being carried out by Yellow Wellies/Farm Safety Foundation to enhance farming’s poor security report.

James Chapman on farm safety talk

Farmer James Chapman offers farm security speak © Leicestershire Police

Officers additionally visited farm gear provider RES Tractors, in Melton Mowbray, the place that they had the chance to get hands-on with equipment and determine the usage of particular person bits of equipment.

The go to checked out car identification quantity (VIN) places on equipment and the totally different values of equipment, in addition to the monetary and psychological influence rural crime can have on victims.

Megan Peberdy, an agricultural lecturer from Moulton College, Northamptonshire, was available to present experience throughout each days. Local farmers additionally attended the occasions.

‘Lost hours and stress’

PC Rob Cross, a rural police officer primarily based at Market Bosworth, helped to co-ordinate the occasion.

“More officers with a data round rural crime means a greater service for victims of crime,” he advised Farmers Weekly.

“The influence of crime on the sufferer is usually important – misplaced hours on the cellphone to police and insurance coverage.

“Lost time within the discipline and the added stress signifies that if we are able to practice extra officers to higher perceive the broader implications, we are able to begin transferring in the direction of offering a greater service to the rural group.”


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