Welcome to the latest edition of Rural Times.
I wanted to introduce myself as the District Commander for the Isle of Wight – a role I have held since 2015 – as well as being the Rural Tactical lead for the Island.
There are currently around 150 officers and police staff operating on the Isle of Wight, all with a view to protecting local communities from harm.
During my time with Hampshire Constabulary, I have held various roles since joining in August 1989, including District Commander for Hart District so I am very conscious of the impact that rural crime can have on local communities.
This is why I am keen to ensure that those living and working in rural areas on the Island feel supported by our local policing teams as across the Island we see a mixture of tourists, and local residents, throughout the year.
We know that this also brings with it a level of rural crime, but we have a number of officers who remain committed to preventing these incidents and target those intent on committing crime.
In this latest edition - which you can access here - includes articles about the recent Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire launch of the new 'Police and Crime Plan', as well as details of a recent meeting between rural farm and landowners with Hampshire Constabulary Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney.
You will also find crime prevention advice around protecting valuable items now that winter evenings are drawing in, checking the health of your vehicle tyres as well as advice around the annual Deer Rut and other local community engagement meetings.
We hope you enjoy reading it.
Lastly, I would urge you to continue to report crimes and suspicious activity to us via the Hampshire Constabulary website or calling 101. As always, if a crime is in progress dial 999.
Isle of Wight District Commander, Superintendent Sarah Jackson