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Protecting rural and isolated areas

Our objective is to work with rural communities to help them build greater resilience and keep them safe.

We will:

  • Make further investment in fighting rural crimes, such as hare coursing, wildlife crime, heritage crime, fuel theft, unauthorised encampments, and fly-tipping as well as the theft of major plant machinery and equipment.
  • Collaborate with rural communities and partners to understand rural communities and their issues, prevent crime and feedback on police activities.
  • Encourage the reporting of rural crime by working with partners to promote ways to report crime and the positive impact this has on targeting offenders and crime hot spots.
  • Support the government’s proposed legislation to make aggravated trespass a criminal offence.
  • Support the development of a transit site for temporary accommodation for travellers.
  • Ensure Police and Fire and Rescue work closely together to protect people in rural and isolated settings through joint advice and support.
  • Develop the new Tri-Service Rural Community Officer pilot.

So that we prevent crime and reduce vulnerability in rural communities.

PC Matthew Harkness and PC Clare DawsonEssex Police Rural Engagement Team.

Performance Outcomes and Indicators

We prevent crime and reduce vulnerability in rural communities

1. Rural Crime Harm Score
2. Rural Crime
3. Independent Public Confidence Survey


PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police

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