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New rural and wildlife crime lead for Suffolk

Suffolk Constabulary has appointed a new lead for rural and wildlife crime.

Sgt Chris Green replaces Sgt Brian Calver who has moved onto a new role in the force after being a driving force for the Rural and Wildlife Team (RAWPT) since its inception in 2017.

Chris is now in this eighteenth year in policing having served in both north Essex and Suffolk. He has worked in various frontline roles across the county from running large response teams in Ipswich, dealing with all forms of modern urban crime to neighbourhood teams covering large rural areas.

The Rural and Wildlife Team offer crime prevention advice to farmers and landowners and work with other partners, alerting them to crime trends and patterns and collating intelligence. They also work closely with front line officers, who are often the first to respond to rural crimes and so the RAWPT offer expert advice and guidance when needed.

They also help tackle a variety of rural crime including equine crime, livestock offences, heritage crime which involves the harming of buildings, monuments and parks, and the theft of farming machinery, vehicles, and fuel.

Sgt Green said: “Firstly, I must pay tribute and acknowledge Brian’s hard work and dedication to protecting the most vulnerable in the rural community. I clearly have big shoes to fill!

“I am determined to continue the good work of the Rural and Wildlife Team in proactively bringing criminals who operate in our countryside to justice. I thoroughly look forwarding to working with our partner agencies, police volunteers and the members of the community to keep rural Suffolk one of the safest places to live and work.

“Although the role is a unique one, I am no stranger to the country way of life being raised until adulthood on a small holding and have seen and understand the issues that can affect the more isolated locations in our beautiful county.
“I have a keen interest in our counties wild landscape and rich heritage. In a previous life before policing I used to work for Flatford Mill where I was fortunate enough to paint the famous Hay Wain by John Constable, although I used lime wash as opposed to oil.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk Tim Passmore said: “I must start by thanking Sgt Brian Calver, his leadership of the Rural and Wildlife Team and his enthusiasm for policing our rural county has been remarkable. I wish Sgt Chris Green all the best as he takes the reins of this important policing team.

“This rural policing team provides specialist knowledge to officers right across the county to ensure rural crime issues are dealt with appropriately.  People who live in rural areas pay their taxes the same as everyone else, so it is important to me as PCC that the whole county receives its fair share of policing resources.

“Our intention is to make the whole of Suffolk a hostile place for criminals, including our remote market towns and villages and the Rural and Wildlife Team plays an important part in this ambition.”

PC Simon Green is our Community Engagement Officer.

He has contacted us to highlight the various means of communication now available to the public when you want to contact your local officers and the ways in which your Safer Neighbourhood Team engages.

He writes: "If you need to report something, the easiest and quickest way is to do use the on-line reporting tool from the Suffolk Constabulary website here Suffolk Police - Report Something.

If you need to report a historic crime (after the event), use this link Suffolk Police - Report Crime.

To report a crime being committed or in an emergency, always dial 999.

Non-Emergency Reporting - Report an incident or crime to Police including Anti-Social Behaviour - 1. Report something | Suffolk Constabulary

Contacting the Police – multiple online options of how to contact police for different advice or incidents - Contact us | Suffolk Constabulary

Police Connect – Police Connect is a messaging service connecting you to the very latest policing news for your area via e-mail. This is a Free Service (I usually advertise my Events and Street Meets on here.) - 11. Police Connect Sign Up | Suffolk Constabulary

Community Speedwatch - The Community Speed watch programme empowers communities to play an active role alongside the Safety Camera Partnership in tackling the problems of speeding in their neighbourhood.- Community Speed Watch | Suffolk Constabulary

Police UK – The National Website for Policing in England , Wales and Northern Ireland where you can search for your local area policing statistics and crime maps - Home | Police.uk (www.police.uk)

1st Principle – A-Z of crime prevention , printable leaflets that can also be viewed online. - Crime Prevention Advice - First Principle | Suffolk Constabulary

Your area – Where you can access details of the Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers and information for your local area. - Your area | Suffolk Constabulary

Constables County – Our Bi-monthly Newsletter about policing across the area. - SNT Newsletters | Suffolk Constabulary

Last but not least if you are on Twitter or Facebook you will find your local policing posts under – HalesworthPolice

These on-line reporting tools produce the same result as the reporting person dialling the non-emergency telephone number 101, but without the wait associated with the telephone method. The person will receive an investigation reference via e-mail, often within an hour of sending the report. For those with no internet access, it may save time to ask a friend or family member who does, to report on their behalf, as queues on the 101 system can be excessive due to demand.

If you wish to contact an officer or PCSO in the Halesworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, the e-mail address is Halesworth.snt@suffolk.police.uk. Please do not use this to report crime, which should be reported using the methods mentioned above. This is important because reports of crime and the other issues listed on the “Report Something” webpage need to be correctly triaged and dispatched. By not following the correct procedure, this process is by-passed and reports may sit in an e-mail queue un-dispatched.

An example of when to use the SNT e-mail address might be when you would like to speak with somebody for advice.

My e-mail address as your Community Engagement Officer is CEOhalesworth@suffolk.police.uk. I can be contacted for advice too.

If you’d like me to address a community group to speak about policing or policing issues or any other engagement activity, please use my email as above. I am also your first point of contact for Community Speed Watch and for requests to attend schools to address pupils and discuss policing. If you’d like me to hold a Street Meet engagement in your community using our mobile police station. Let me know.

Part of my role also covers posting to our social media pages, Halesworth Police Facebook, Halesworth Police Twitter and Suffolk Police Instagram, so the messaging facilities provided by these platforms can be used to contact me too.

The locality Inspector, Insp G King can be contacted via gary.king@suffolk.police.uk

Suffolk Police now has a new e-mail address for the public to provide intelligence information intelligencereporting@suffolk.police.uk. An example of the use of this might be if you’d like to let us know about suspected drug dealing or other possible or suspected criminality. Notice I’ve used the term “suspected”. If you’re sure a crime has occurred, contact us on-line or via 999.

Suffolk Police offers a free e-mailing facility called ‘Police Connect’ which provides up to date information we would like you to know about in the area you live. We use Police Connect to provide information about crime in the area of Suffolk you tell us you want to know about. It helps keep you up to date with how we police in your community. Please subscribe here & encourage others to do the same."


Click here for the most recent newsletter 'Constable County' from Suffolk Constabulary

Police are urging members of the public to consider installing extra crime prevention measures such as CCTV, security lighting and doorbell cameras as a way to help make their properties more secure. See below

Visit http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/home-safety for further home security advice.

Phone: Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – Call 101

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999


Tim Passmore is our Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk.

Tim has a website setting out what he pledges to do:
Tim Passmore Suffolk PCC

You can also find more information about Tim at:
Tim Passmore - Choose My PCC


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