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The Constabulary is working closely with its partners and communities to tackle Rural & Environmental crime. Across the county a network of officers have volunteered to be Rural and Environmental Crime Liaison Officers (RECLOs). Together they provide specialist support to colleagues and a vital link to rural, often isolated communities, where the impact of crime can have a significant impact on livelihoods and quality of life. Being actively involved with rural communities through the Rural Watch scheme, the RECLO network is constantly increasing its knowledge of criminal activity in the countryside which is often linked to organised crime groups.

The force has a full time Rural and Environmental Crime Officer, PS Simon Clemett. Part of Simon's role is to coordinate the force's response. 

The following list of Rural and Environmental Crime Liaison Officers are below:

PS 1256 Simon ClemettForce Rural Environmental Crime Officer
245263 Mark RobsonContact Management
Ms 244345 Vicky ParkerContact Management
PC 288 Brian Howard   Forest of Dean LPA
PC 716 Rob Dix  Forest of Dean LPA
PCSO 9125 Mike Shuttleworth  Forest of Dean LPA
PCSO 249078 Mary SkinnerForest of Dean LPA
PC 695 Mel Campbell Dursley LPA
PS 697 Matt DadgeGloucester LPA
PS 1256 Simon Clemett   OPS
PCSO 9114 Christine WhiteCheltenham LPA
PCSO 9107 Colin Drewett Stroud LPA
PC 1886 Kelly Akers Stroud LPA
PS 1331 Sam TuleyStroud LPA
PC 1922 Sarah Sceats Tewkesbury LPA
PC 37 Kieran BoltonTewkesbury LPA
PC 1817 Di ButlerTewkesbury LPA
PS 632 Claire MorganTewkesbury LPA
PC 2074 Cindy GolledgeTewkesbury LPA
PC 2194 Tom EvansTewkesbury LPA
PC 714 Robin GuestTewkesbury LPA
PS 745 Garrett GloynCotswolds LPA
PC 2007 Neil LightfootCotswolds LPA
PC 2221 Leah DavisCotswolds LPA

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Herd the one about the stolen tractor? New Crimestoppers rural crime campaign

Crimestoppers is teaming up with local volunteer committees, law enforcement agencies and rural partners across the country to launch an innovative, social media campaign to help fight the crimes that affect the livelihood and stability of our rural communities.

This campaign urges the public to help protect our precious rural communities from the damaging effects of crime. Rural theft cost the UK an estimated £42.3m in 2012 and can have far reaching consequences for communities in terms of the impact that this can have on the food chain, deliveries and supermarket prices.

The ‘Scene it. Herd it. Speak up about it. Anonymously’ message will predominantly be spread via social media using Facebook, Twitter and local alert systems in order to reach deep into rural communities. The public will be directed to a webpage which discusses aspects of rural crime such as poaching, hare-coursing, theft of oil, metal and machinery, and highlights what we need to look out for and how to safely give information anonymously via Crimestoppers. The charity will also be hosting a blog which can be found at www.blog.crimestoppers-uk.org that will see contributions from those affected by and tackling rural crime.

The charity will raise awareness of rural crime issues by utilising the positive relationships it has with a number of partners as well as important organisations with a rural interest such as the National Farmers’ Union, English Heritage, the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) - and of course local police.

“Crime affecting rural communities should never be underestimated; it can have a devastating impact on people and businesses,” commented Chief Constable Simon Prince, Dyfed-Powys Police, National Policing Lead for Rural and Wildlife Crime. “Criminals target isolated areas and hard to protect buildings looking for easily saleable items such as metal, gardening and agricultural machinery. By appealing for more eyes and ears across the countryside, telling the public what signs to look for and urging them to contact the Crimestoppers anonymous service, we can tackle these criminal gangs head on.”

A survey undertaken by NFU Mutual in 2012 found that an estimated 70% of rural crimes are planned which means that someone, somewhere, knows who is behind these distressing crimes, which amongst other things, deprive farm businesses of valuable equipment and livestock, as well as damaging churches and historic buildings.

Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, Roger Critchell, added: “No-one has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers as you will remain anonymous – no personal information is taken. Calls are not traced or recorded and you will not have to go to court or give a statement to the police. In the 26 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our promise of anonymity.”

Anyone with information or suspicions concerning criminal activity in the rural community should ring the Crimestoppers' national 24/7 telephone number on 0800 555 111 or contact the charity via our Anonymous Online Form.

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