RURAL crime was discussed at a meeting between Sussex Police’s Chief Constable, Giles York, and members of two major rural organisations.
Mr York talked to representatives of the National Farmers’ Union and the CLA landowners’ group about the continuing challenge of tackling rural crime.
He spoke about the resources available to his officres, the force’s approach to crime which takes place in the countryside and the new rural policing strategy.
Those present at the annual liasion meeting also talked about solutions to specific types of rural crime.
NFU south east regional director William White said: “We hadn’t seen the chief constable so upbeat about tackling rural crime for a number of years.
“He described the government’s decision to allow increased precept funding as ‘a game changer’. This means net growth of 200 officers over the next four years.
“The Sussex Police rural crime strategy is different from those of other forces in that it seeks to embed a knowledge of rural crime in every officer on the force. Sussex comprises two rural counties, so the new strategy appears to make good sense.”
Farmer and landowner representatives of both organisations were present at the meeting at Chaites Farm, Bolney, thanks to sheep and arable farmer Rob Seward.
Robin Edwards, the CLA’s south east regional director, said: “The CLA welcomes the introduction of the rural policing strategy and the commitment by the chief constable to give specific rural and wildlife training to more than 800 officers over four years.”
The meeting included a discussion about livestock worrying and incursions by travellors. Updates about agricultural policy and the economic outlook were also given to the police.
Pictured, left to right, are: Chris Jefferies, Charles Burgoyne, Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York and Caroline Harriott.