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10 July, 2017

NRCN seeks partner

The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), established to  champion a better understanding of crime in rural areas, and new, effective ways to help to keep rural communities safer, is looking for a new partner to help manage their work.

The NRCN is a membership group, made up of Police and Crime Commissioners from across the political spectrum, and organisations interested in community safety and/or rural affairs, such as Crimestoppers, Countryside Alliance, NFU, NFU Mutual and Historic England, to name a few.

Each member contributes practically to the Network in a number of different ways, including public affairs, social media and administration support. The Chair’s office – currently the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire – also provides necessary administrative support for meetings and research.

Collectively, members also have the ability to reach and engage with thousands of people living, working and enjoying rural England and Wales. We are seeking support to harness and coordinate the power of our Network so that we can ensure government, policy, and service groups listen to the voice of the countryside.

A key part of the Network’s work is to commission research and use evidence-based insight to challenge and change local and national policy and practice.  For example, the Network undertook what is thought to be the largest rural policing survey ever undertaken (over 17,000 responses), which led to a shift in understanding of the needs of rural communities and changes in policing response in a number of areas across the country.

The Network is now seeking a partner to provide support in a number of areas. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Working with the members of the NRCN to plan and manage a coordinated approach to raising the profile of the Network amongst key stakeholders, including rural MPs, ministers in the relevant departments, and others who have an influence on policy and practice.
  • Co-ordinating its research programme, including assisting with the preparation of research briefs, identifying and recruiting potential partners, and managing research projects (such as the national rural crime survey, research into domestic abuse in rural areas, etc).
  • Working with practitioners to identify, and write case studies on, best practice in rural community safety and policing to develop the Network’s online resources.
  • Public relations and communications activities supporting Network members and promoting the work of the Network, including maintaining the website and working with the Chair and members’ communications teams on social media and other communication/media / public relations campaigns and events.

If you think you may be the perfect partner, find out more about this exciting opportunity at: