Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner, David Keane, is to hold two more public events to give local residents the opportunity to have their say on the county’s new rural crime strategy.
Following on from the events in Macclesfield and Warrington this week, two more events will be held in Nantwich and Tattenhall over the next couple of weeks.
The events provide the opportunity for local residents to talk to their local policing team about issues in their area and to meet with the commissioner and the constabulary’s rural crime lead, chief inspector Simon Meegan, to give them feedback on the draft rural crime strategy prior to its publication.
The strategy has been developed in response to the local rural crime survey conducted in Cheshire over the summer and the recent national rural crime survey.
It outlines the priorities for rural officers and sets out the ways police in Cheshire will tackle rural and wildlife crime from now until 2021.
David said: “This strategy has been heavily influenced by the views of local residents who took their time to give us feedback as part of the rural crime survey. We have listened to what they told us but we want to ensure the strategy takes into account their priorities.
“The survey told us that more than two thirds of residents who live in Cheshire’s rural communities think police are doing a good job keeping their communities safe, but there is still more we can do to protect our more remote communities.
“Rural communities have their own unique crime related issues which can have a significant impact on residents or farming and businesses. It’s imperative for police to be specially equipped and trained to tackle these issues.
“As part of the plan, I’ve set five priorities for police in Cheshire to deliver over the next four years to ensure we tackle rural crime head on.”
Full details of the remaining events are detailed below:
Thursday 4 October, 7pm-8.30pm
Stockton Heath Police Station
Monday 8 October, 7pm-8.30pm
Tuesday 16 October, 7pm-8.30pm
The Barbour Institute