On 1st September Farming News online reported: Julia Mulligan, Chair of the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) and Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, has today launched the Network’s ‘rural policing matters’ campaign.
The piece continued “Research from the NRCN, which will be released next month, shows trust in policing is much lower than residents of urban areas, and that only a third of people living or working in rural areas believe the police are responding to issues of concern to them (compared to two thirds nationally). Rural crime is also significantly under-reported. On behalf of rural people, the Network is urging the government to reconsider the proposed changes to how police forces are funded, and is encouraging members of the public to respond to a consultation being held by the Government. The proposed new formula does not take into account the unit-cost of policing a rural area, and nor does it reflect the majority of work the police do which is not in fact crime-related – such as road safety or responding to welfare issues.”
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