Funding to protect rural Thames Valley communities from crime
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley is to allocate funding from the 2021/22 budget towards protecting rural communities from crime.
A spokesman for the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) said: "The Thames Valley covers hundreds of square miles of countryside encompassing many small towns, villages and isolated communities.
"Many people in these rural communities can often feel marginalised and vulnerable to crime so the funding will ensure that they feel thoroughly supported and protected.
"We have some excellent rural neighbourhood officers which are highly valued by the rural community and the funding is an opportunity to see how we can further support them with a dedicated team of equipped rural crime specialists.
"Ultimately this funding will help to build trust and confidence within our rural communities through the ongoing work of our rural neighbourhood teams."
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, said: “We must respond to the needs of our communities, and in rural areas that response needs to be different from in our towns and cities.
"This funding is absolutely the right way forward to reassure communities who are vulnerable to rural crime and we look forward to updating you in the coming months on how we plan to approach this.”
A new PCC is due to be voted in on May 6 this year, as the current PCC, Anthony Stansfeld, has said he will not be standing for re-election.