The preventing and tackling of crime in our rural areas prevents a significant challenge and is an area in which I have already delivered real change. Since elected in 2016 we have seen investments in the training of Police Officers who work in rural areas to better serve those communities. We have seen a fleet of 4x4s, all equipped with the latest technology to detect and tackle criminals and crime. We have seen the introduction of drones which has advanced the fight against crime and freed up Officer time incredibly. We were the first County to seize the dogs of hare coursers and have coordinated the national response to tacking it.
It is clear however that more must be done and I am committed to delivering more for our rural communities.
Today I will pledge to deliver a range of things to support our community and the police to tackle rural issues.
£500 000 rural crime fund - A new fund will be created to prevent and tackle crime in our rural areas. This will be used to work with local communities and the police to prevent crime, tackle criminals and support those living in isolated locations who are fearful of crime.
A new rural focused community crime police enforcement team - This has been agreed with the Chief Constable and will enhance the operational response to our rural communities. It will not simply be more uniformed Officers, although they will form part of the unit. It will be a team that will include intelligence gathering, analytical capability and investigative capacity too. A real game changer in protecting our rural communities.
£250 000 anti fly-tipping fund - To support our councils in their duty to tackle fly-tipping. We all know how prevalent fly-tipping has become in both our urban streets and our rural areas. I will use this fund to support work to prevent tipping and to bring to book offenders. I can only do this by supporting our local councils but I am determined that we must tackle this horrible blight.
New roads crime policing unit - This has been agreed with the Chief Constable and will deliver two main objectives. It will reduce harm and tragedy on our 5500 miles of road and meet head on the challenge of criminals using our road network to target our communities to commit crime. If it's harder from criminals to enter and leave our communities undetected they are less likely to come at all keeping us all safer.
I have a track record of delivering my pledges and I can and will deliver upon these if re-elected on the 6th May. I hope I can count on your support to deliver more police, safer streets and a rural policing offer that will be the envy of rural counties.