Born and bred in rural Lincolnshire, now living in magnicient rural Dorset,
I understand rural issues and what they mean.
The Countryside Alliance has recently issued it’ s manifesto for PCC’s, which I
wholeheartedly support – read more here
Rural crime is important, our farmers fight daily just to survive and keep their farms going,
crime against them is a major issue. And whilst Dorset Police are good in some areas,
(their tactics to deal with metal thefts and flytipping etc ) my concern is the rural voice,
the views of the rural community.
Are they being heard?. Well on Wednesday in rural Dorset, they didn’t think so.
The rural voice of Dorset tell me they feel marginalised:
As PCC I undertake to :
1. Recruit a Special Constable from each rural community and village in Dorset.
A police presence known by the community, for the community.
2. Work with partner agencies to place rural “Lay members” on the Committees that matter.
This will ensure that the rural perspective is heard and not drowned by urban issues.
3. Maintain a police presence at the town markets held across Dorset each week,
so that the farmers, and the rural community supplying the markets have a face to talk
to and share concerns.
Rural policing and the rural communities are both really important to me.
I am a Lay Member representing the Community.
I know how effective Lay Members can be. Help me to help you achieve your voice in Dorset.
I will listen, and I will achieve change.