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Focus was on wildlife and rural crime

Posted onPosted on 10th Jul

A community event that showcased efforts to tackle wildlife and rural crime has been hailed a great success.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Rural and Wildlife Showcase at Rufford Abbey Country Park aimed to foster positive relationships between police and isolated rural communities.

Children had the chance to dust for fingerprints, try on police uniforms and infrared goggles, and climb aboard police vehicles.

The free event also featured a range of crime-fighting demonstrations from the force’s drone and off-road bike teams.

An estimated 2,000 visitors gained information from the police, Environment Agency, Royal Society of Horses, National Farmers’ Union, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, and staff from the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.

Helen Ridley, the force’s rural crime and wildlife partnerships manager, said: “Engaging with people from across Nottinghamshire and our rural communities is important to us for building trust and confidence.

“This event was all about showcasing the hard work that is taking place among our rural communities and was the perfect opportunity for the public to learn more about our partner organisations who work alongside us.

“This event was a great way to educate and inform the public about rural issues and get the message across in an interactive way that people can enjoy as they learn, as well as providing people with the opportunity to engage and raise concerns that matter to them.

“It is always fantastic to work with our partners to improve our communities and create a safer Nottinghamshire.”