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Rural Community Safety Plan

Working together to make Lincolnshire the safest place to live, work and visit

Our Aims

Stop Crime and Criminals

  • Target Offenders causing greatest harm to our Rural Communities – Reduce Op Galileo incidents
  • Reduced Theft of plant and farm equipment
  • Reduced Arson offence

Protect our Heritage, Wildlife and Environment

  • Reduced Heritage Crime and specifically theft of metal
  • Reduced Wildlife Crime
  • Reduced Fly Tipping

Help those in Need

  • Reduced repeat victims of Domestic Abuse and increase perpetrators bought to justice

The Challenge

Lincolnshire is a county of 2,500 square miles and a population of 730,000 people.

The rate of Lincolnshire’s population growth has increased in recent years and projections indicate that by 2041 the population of Lincolnshire will grow to over 800,000.

The trend towards an ageing population profile will continue, with the proportion of people over 75 years of age projected to increase by 88% between 2016 and 2041.

The majority of the county is rural in nature, with a number of medium sized towns including Boston, Skegness, Grantham, Gainsborough and Sleaford, as well as the City of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire is a county of choice for many tourists, in the summer for the East Coast holiday resorts and throughout the year for our rich history, beautiful countryside, and major events and attractions ranging from the Battle of Britain Flight to Cadwell Park race track, Market Rasen race course, Lincoln Cathedral,
Lincoln Christmas Market and Lincolnshire Show.

As Lincolnshire is a truly rural county, Rural Policing is a core function for all of our staff. Our Neighbourhood Teams and Response Officers are fully supported by Specialist Officers, including specially trained Wildlife Crime Officers.

Operation Galileo started as a Lincolnshire Police operation to tackle hare  coursing in the county, and having expanded to cover the top 12 hare coursing forces in 2019/20, now includes 21 forces across the country.

Working with key partners, the multi-agency Rural Community Safety Gold  Group is Chaired by the Deputy Chief Constable and maintains an overview of all issues which impact on Rural Community Safety.

In early 2020, partners were consulted on priority areas for community safety in Rural Lincolnshire, alongside the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Police & Crime Plan 2017-2021.

The priorities in this strategy were agreed by the partners in October 2020.

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