People living in rural areas will soon get a helping hand from the law with the launch of a new National Rural Crime Network.
Thames Valley’s force has joined the network which will cover two thirds of England and Wales – if eight forces currently considering it decide to join.
Once it is up and running it will act as an online resource for police, community safety practitioners and others to share important information, develop with training and access case studies. It will help with the detection of crimes including agricultural plant and machinery theft.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “Rural crime is priority within my Police and Crime Plan. I am confident that an effective participation with others, learning about what works well and the best ways of assisting our rural communities in this regard can only be of positive benefit in successfully challenging rural crime in Thames Valley.”