Rural Crime Week – Information for partners

Rural Crime Week – Information for partners
17th October 2019 c360admin

Rural Crime Week – Information for partners

National Rural Crime Week is a ‘Week of Action’ led by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and supported by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN).  Most activity is coordinated locally and is Essex is led by the Local Policing Support Unit (headed by Chief Inspector Terry Balding) and supported by the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner’s (PFCC) office.



  • To introduce the re-brand for the Rural Engagement Team & highlight teams expansion
  • To demonstrate policing rural areas is a priority for Essex Police and the PFCC
  • To demonstrate the variety of activities rural policing covers
  • To reinforce the messages of the Rural Crime Strategy (owned by Essex Police, the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner and Essex Rural Partnership.


Key Messages

The Essex Police Rural Engagement Team (RET) is a dedicated team of officers who sole focus is on rural crime, which means Essex Police assure it remains a priority.

The growth of the team has been enabled by the increased precept delivered by Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.  This will to allow us to be more visible, increase our work with the local communities and partners.

With the aim to increase confidence, reduce isolation and encourage the rural community to report crime and suspicious behaviour.

The team will be the single point of contact for repeat victims within the rural community. This approach will provide stability, reassurance and confidence.

Working with, and listening to, our partners and rural communities is key to any success and will be integral to our continued work in innovative problem solving, identifying practical solutions to local problems and improving crime prevention.


Guidance for Facebook/Twitter

  • The hashtags recommended for use by all partners are
    • #RuralCrimeWeek with or without #Essex
  • The hashtags used by the National Rural Crime Network are:
    • #WildlifeAndRuralCrime
    • #WeekOfAction
  • Hashtags being used by the force are
    • #ProtectingEssex for operational events
    • #ServingEssex for community engagement events
  • Balance action and community engagement.
  • Quotes from local community should be used where appropriate to reinforce visibility message.
  • Show rural policing is a priory for EP


  • The following Twitter accounts will be active and can be tagged (direct or via photo tagging) where appropriate:


  • @EssexPoliceUK
  • @EssexPFCC
  • @PCAndyLong
  • @EssexPoliceLPSU
  • @BJH251
  • @ACCAndyProphet
  • @Hirst4EssexPFCC
  • @DepPFCC4Essex
  • @suz_opfccEssex
  • @EssexRP



Press release

The Rural Engagement Team (RET) has recently expanded as part of Essex Police and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s dedication to providing visible policing.

Under the leadership of Chief Inspector Terry Balding, the team work with partner agencies and residents to tackle all crime in rural areas including specific issues like unauthorised traveller encampments, hare coursing, night-hawking and flytipping.

RET welcomed three new police constables and a sergeant this autumn, and will be joined by additional officers in early 2020.

The growth of Essex Police as a force follows increased investment from the precept delivered by the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst.

When asked about his plans for the team Chief Insp Balding said: “The rural communities in Essex are a large part of our county and can present some challenges which are not experienced in other areas. I am determined to protect and serve everyone within it regardless of the crime type or area of residence.

“One of our aims is to help those living in more isolated areas feel safe. To do this we will be working with our partners and the local rural and farming communities.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Over the past three and a half years we have worked hard with our rural communities to tackle criminal activity.


“We have provided advice to prevent crime from happening and support to those who have unfortunately been victims which has been welcomed by those living and working in the rural communities of Essex.


“Since Essex Police launched its dedicated team to fight rural crime in 2017, we have been really impressed with its success and the positive feedback the team has had from our partners. On the back of this, and as a priority in our Police and Crime Plan, we secured funding in 2019-20 to enable this dedicated Rural Engagement Team to expand. The additional growth in the Team announced today will help us work even more closely with our rural communities to help keep them safe.”


Next week is the national week of action for rural crime. The RET will be carrying out a number of activities throughout the week focusing on issues that affect local business, wildlife and rural communities.

To find out more about the team and what they are doing @EP_GTRET