On 25th September 2013 the Commissioner held a Rural and Wildlife Crime Summit.
The objectives of the summit were to raise awareness of rural and wildlife crime amongst partners, stakeholders and the public and to encourage positive solutions by multi-agency working, and increased gathering and sharing of intelligence.
During his election campaign Alan Charles was advised by the public that this type of crime was a concern for them. There are also many rural communities in the county of Derbyshire who make a living from farming. They are affected by issues such as theft of machinery, livestock and other crime which impact on their daily lives and ability to make a living. Intelligence shows that there is a strong link between rural and wildlife crime and organised crime therefore the detection of rural crime can often result in the discovery of links to other organised crime networks. The protection of wildlife is also important to the future of Peak District national park which is a key draw for tourists, thus contributing significantly to the county’s economy.
Representatives at the event included those from local councils and community safety partnerships, police colleagues, agencies and organisations who have an interest in wildlife and conservation issues, representatives from rural communities such as the NFU and other relevant professionals. This enabled different perspectives and approaches to be shared and networks to be formed including the forming of a national PCC network for wildlife and rural crime.