Measuring performance

Rural crime

Whilst not a separate priority in my Police and Crime Plan, rural crime is nevertheless a key area of focus for my team. My Deputy Commissioner has taken a lead on rural crime issues, and I am pleased that we now have dedicated rural crime teams in place.

Deputy Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson wears a yellow suit jacket in front of green banner at a conference of the National Rural Crime Network

Key areas of progress during 2022/23 have included: 

  • Training to ensure an improved understanding of rural crime amongst contact centre staff, ensuring that they are better able to identify risks and provide support to residents making contact.
  • Use of national uplift capacity in some areas to introduce additional rural crime resources, such as in Mole Valley where the Borough Commander has introduced a dedicated post.
  • Ongoing representation on the National Rural Crime Network and South-East Rural Partnership, which both champion a better understanding of crime in rural areas and effective ways to help to keep rural communities safe.
  • Regular engagement with rural communities, including face-to-face meetings with farmers.

Latest News

Updated statement from Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend following incident in Staines-upon-Thames

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The Commissioner said she was in regular contact with senior officers from Surrey Police who have kept her updated on the situation.

Commissioner’s statement after incident involving cow in Staines-upon-Thames

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Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend has issued a statement following an incident involving a loose cow.

“Conversations that make a difference” – Commissioner thanks volunteers who shine spotlight on custody

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The Commissioner thanked Independent Custody Visitors after they volunteered 400 hours of their time to help in the last year.