Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has been at the Royal Cheshire County Show finding out what support residents in rural areas want from the police.
David Keane and rural officers met local residents at the show ground in Tabley last week to encourage them to fill out the Rural Crime Survey.
The officers and the commissioner’s team were at the Cheshire Show for both days of the event as part of a county-wide consultation on rural crime.
The commissioner launched the survey last month to obtain feedback from those who live and work in rural areas to help shape how Cheshire Police tackle rural and wildlife crime going forward, including how the force best uses the 21 PCSOs now assigned to rural communities.
David said: “It was really interesting to hear what people attending the show thought about the impact policing has on rural areas.
“A lot of people said they’d like to see more police officers deployed to rural areas to help tackle crime and issues in their area.
“With almost 65 per cent of Cheshire classified as ‘rural’, it’s incredibly important for police to understand the issues and impact of crime in our rural communities.
“This survey is about making sure residents continue to be heard and police have a clear picture of all rural issues across the county.
“I look forward to analysing the results of the survey and developing a new rural crime strategy for Cheshire, which I will launch later this year at a rural crime conference.”
The strategy will also be informed by the National Rural Crime Survey which will determine the personal, social and economic cost of rural crime and anti-social behaviour across the country.
If you haven’t done so already, there’s still time to complete the survey before it closes on Saturday 30 June.
It can be completed online https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RuralWildlifeCrime or in person via your local PCSO.