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Date Responded 10 March 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. Do you have a specific rural crime strategy?
  2. How many rural crime officers (or officers trained to tackle rural crime) did your force have in the following years?

2010

2015

2019

3. Are you able to identify crimes that happen in a rural or urban area when you record crimes on your crime database?

4. If answered yes to question 3, can you please tell me how many crimes happened in a rural area and urban areas in the following years?

2010

2015

2019

5. What are three most common rural crimes committed in your area in the following years?

2010

2015

2019

 

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with both the People Services and Corporate Development Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. We currently do not have a rural policing strategy.  We are in the process of  compiling our rural policing strategy and engagement plan in which we are looking to include all aspects of Rural Policing and what our aims and objectives are.  There will also be inclusion around community engagement etc and will describe our commitment to Rural Communities.
  2. The below numbers show Officers trained specifically in wildlife crime.  However, it should be noted that all officers are trained to deal with all types of crime irrespective of a rural location or not:

Year

Officers

2010

1

2015

13

2019

1

 

3. The force currently defines ‘rural’ as five sectors in the Northumberland area - Berwick, Alnwick, Tynedale East, Tynedale West and Morpeth.

4.Crime numbers are as follows:

Year

Area

Urban

Rural

2010

14,0874

8,383

2015

80,810

4,481

 

5. We do not identify crime types as ‘rural’ or ‘urban’.

Further information on rural crime/incidents and advice/information for rural communities can be found by simple searches of the Northumbria Police website, as per the instance provided below:

https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/latest-news/2020/february/operation-checkpoint-strikes-again-with-another-successful-night-of-police-activity/

 

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