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Country Watch website launches to support rural residents

Over the last few weeks, you will have read in my newsletters about the increase in resources dedicated to tackling rural crime in Dorset, which has included an uplift in the number of officers in the Rural Crime Team and also the introduction of a partnership of organisations called the Rural Crime Reduction Board (RCRB).

And, this week, all the good work that has been going on to tackle rural crime in our county has a new ‘home’ and it is called, Country Watch.

The Country Watch website is a ‘one-stop rural resource centre’ for all things related to rural crime in Dorset and it came about after receiving feedback from the rural community that they were spending a lot of time on different websites trying to find out information when it came to rural issues and they wanted one place to go to, to find out how to do relatively simple things – like report fly-tipping for example – so now there is a simple, quick and easy way to find the information and links needed.

The website is a prime example of the RCRB working together in partnership to respond to the needs of the rural community and give the people of Dorset the opportunity to find out more about crime prevention, how to report heritage crime or wildlife crime for example and how and where to get proactive advice and support if they are a victim of crime.

I set up the Rural Crime Reduction Board to break down silo-working in the hope of making life a little easier for our rural communities, and to show that we can all work together to tackle issues that blight the everyday lives of many of our residents.

I want to thank all the members of the RCRB for their commitment to work alongside each other – we are stronger together and we will be able to make a positive difference to the lives of Dorset residents by the work we undertake together.

So, I would invite you to take a look at the website to find out more about how we are tackling rural crime and the work of the RCRB.


David Sidwick

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner 

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