Families, farmers and other rural residents had the chance to meet local police officers and learn more about their work during a day of fun and activities.
Making the most of the beautiful Easter weekend weather, hundreds of visitors attended Saturday’s first rural community showcase at the Newark Showground.
The event, hosted by Nottinghamshire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, allowed visitors to learn about the various police teams working to keep them safe, mountain bikes and underwater search teams to the force rescue drone unit.
Visitors also took the opportunity to speak directly with officers and other local partners about key local issues and concerns.
The event was organized as part of the force’s new rural crime strategy, which led to the assignment of additional officers and specialist resources to rural areas.
Chief Inspector Heather Maelor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘We have listened to people who live and work in the countryside and worked on ways to address the very real concerns they have about the crime.
“We are taking steps to ensure that we provide the best and most agile service possible and we are starting to see very encouraging results.
“Neighborhood policing of this nature is also about building strong local connections and being visible in the communities we serve. This event was meant to put us in front of the general public and allow them to see for themselves some of the resources we dedicate to their safety.
“I was delighted with how the event went and hope to do it all again next year.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry said: “As Police and Crime Commissioner, I have always been determined that we get tough on rural and wildlife crime.
“That’s why we’ve been working hard to develop a new plan that will do just that. Our new plan, which includes dedicated police, equipment and training, will stop rural criminals in their tracks.
“It was great presenting our rural crime strategy over the weekend and talking with the residents. It is really important that people in rural communities know that we have listened and taken their concerns seriously.
“Our new action plan details exactly how we will continue to help rural communities tackle rural crime and wildlife crime – our rural community showcase is just part of that.”