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National Community Safety Network Conference 2013. 18 September 2013 Middlesex University. Nick Payne. RURAL SERVICES NETWORK. Representing the case for a better deal for rural service provision Exchanging useful and relevant information Developing and sharing best practice.

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National community safety network conference 2013
National Community Safety Network Conference 2013

18 September 2013

Middlesex University

Nick Payne

Rural services network


  • Representing the case for a better deal for rural service provision

  • Exchanging useful and relevant information

  • Developing and sharing best practice

Why do we need a rural crime network
Why do we need a Rural Crime Network?

  • Fighting rural crime effectively requires:-

  • building effective partnerships across sectors

  • better sharing of information & best practice

  • new mechanisms for engaging rural communities

  • building resilience within rural communities to improve deterrence and prevention

  • a strategy beyond just farm and wildlife crime

  • applied in an appropriate local context

What objectives would it have
What objectives would it have?

  • Act as a think tank on rural crime strategy

  • Facilitate region by region comparison of operational techniques in rural areas, to seek out and share best practice

  • Develop and target good publicity to encourage a stronger local response from the rural public

Objectives contd
Objectives contd.

  • Facilitate a national discussion between relevant rural partners and national organisations/watch groups

  • Act as a forum to consider effective Community Safety initiatives across rural areas.

Who might be our partners
Who might be our partners?

  • Network needs to be multi sectoral and multi agency

  • Strategic group with strong links to top policy and decision makers

  • Committed partners with P&CCs and RSN:

  • Countryside Alliance

  • Farmers Weekly magazine

  • National Community Safety Network

  • NFU Mutual

Who else might be involved
Who else might be involved?

  • Association of PCCs and ACPO

  • Country Landowners Association/NFU

  • Fire and Rescue Services

  • National Association of Local Councils

  • National reps of Watch organisations/Crimestoppers

  • Local Government Association

  • National Federation of Small Businesses

  • Action with Communities in Rural England - (ACRE) etc.

What are the benefits
What are the benefits?

  • A forum which sits outside of but remains complimentary to the objectives of PCCs and their Association/ACPO

  • Enables confidential information/intelligence sharing to continue across police personnel/ACPO without risk of compromise

  • RSN already has strong established links/credibility with many rural organisations & partners – early momentum assured.

Benefits contd
Benefits Contd.

  • Potential commercial sponsorship – low cost, low risk for many benefits accruing

  • Opportunity to engage across web based knowledge hub as well as through meetings

  • Powerful alliance of rural stakeholders and interests through which policy/practice can be refined, honed & shared by practitioners/professionals

  • Direct link to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services – annually?

Potential issues
Potential Issues

  • Relationship with wider function of the APCCs & ACPO? – not a deal breaker

  • Funding concerns for rural policing – analysis/lobbying for resources - where does this role best sit?

  • Rural crime is not a key issue for every P&CC

  • Resourcing the Network to make it sustainable

Summary and suggested next steps
Summary and suggested next steps?

  • Establish a steering group

  • Draft and consult on some terms of reference

  • Identify a Chair

  • Invite other potential key partners incl. NCSN

  • Scoping meeting – late 2013?

  • Agree an initial work programme


David Inman

[email protected]

07432 599167