The Government are committed to ensuring that all communities, including those in rural areas, receive a high quality policing service that meets local priorities. Effective neighbourhood policing by police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) provides an important policing presence in rural, as well as urban areas. The programme set out by the Coalition explains our approach to improving policing, including:
the introduction of directly elected individuals, giving the public a greater voice to ensure their priorities are reflected; regular beat meetings where residents can hold the police to account; the publication of crime maps showing the public what is happening in their streets, villages and towns; and cutting through the bureaucracy that hinders the police, and introducing better technology, so that the police can spend more time out in their communities.
We will also work to enable our citizens to play a more active part in keeping their own neighbourhoods safe, for example through the Neighbourhood and Farm Watch schemes that are in place in many rural areas.