Today we held a conference with our key stakeholders and partners putting the focus on tackling rural crime in 2022.
More than 70 per cent of Lancashire is classed as rural which is why rural crime including wildlife, agriculture and heritage crimes are so important to us.
The event marked the official launch of our new rural task force teams which were introduced last March across Lancashire to allow us to proactively target the issues that matter most to rural communities.
Based from Morecambe, Garstang, Ormskirk, Clitheroe and Waterfoot a total of 20 officers now form part of the local policing teams that already cover the rural communities to provide extra resources to target, disrupt and address rural crime.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Chris Rowley hosted today’s event held at Police HQ, supported by Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) and saw a variety of key speakers from our rural partners.
By bringing together our dedicated rural task force teams, senior officers and partner agencies we can shape future planning to help keep our rural communities safe.
Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: “In March 2021 we brought a model which had been effective in our urban areas out into our rural communities to target the issues and the people who cause the most harm to our rural communities.
“Our strategic mission focuses on engaging, problem solving and coordinating targeted local policing to disrupt criminal activity within our rural areas in order to provide a better service to the residents in those communities.
“Working with partner agencies is crucial and events like this provide a platform for sharing ideas and knowledge on how best we can work together to create our key priorities for the next 12 months for our rural taskforce teams.
“We are working hard to address what matters most to our rural communities and protect the beautiful countryside we have in Lancashire and keep it safe.”
Since the rural taskforce teams were introduced, we have made 85 arrests, carried out over 100 stop searches and seized plant, equipment and vehicles worth more than £1m.
We have issued Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) Community Protection Notices (CPNs) and Criminal Warning Notices (CWMs) and launched a number of cross border operations.
Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire added: “Rural crime can destroy lives and livelihoods and as Commissioner, I will be supporting the force’s dedicated rural policing teams to take an increasingly proactive approach that takes the fight to the criminals and protects the people of Lancashire."