On a cold morning last Wednesday (February 17th), Hertfordshire Crimestoppers met with more than 25 landowners, farmers, local councillors and rural business owners at a recent ‘Barn Meeting’ held at Thrift Farm in Royston, Hertfordshire.
The Chief Constable, Andy Bliss, and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, David Gibson, attended the event alongside officers from the Safer Neighbour Team and Rural Operational Support Team. Also present were representatives from North Hertfordshire Borough Council, who work alongside the police to tackle fly tipping.
The aim of the Barn Meetings is to discuss how the police and other crime-fighting organisations can work together with local people and businesses in order to reduce and prevent rural crime, reduce the fear of crime, and reduce anti-social behaviour - all of which helps to improve the quality of life for rural communities.
Crimestoppers were delighted to join the most recent Barn Meeting as it gave an opportunity to meet the rural community and listen to their concerns. It helped us understand that community involvement is key to tacking many of these issues and it was heartening that so many people at the meeting were willing to engage with all partner agencies involved, and to work together to make the community safe for all.
We hope to build strong relationships with the community and attend many more Barn Meetings across the county.