North Yorkshire Police has signed up to a new National Rural Crime Network.
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, is among 18 other commissioners from around the country to sign up to the initiative so far.
It is hoped it will help them to tackle rural crime more effectively throughout England and Wales.
The idea originated with the Rural Services Network, a ‘not for profit’ organisation which represents a diverse range of rural service providers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “As the Commissioner for the largest rural police force in England, I am particularly keen to support this initiative. Clearly, crime in rural areas accounts for a large proportion of North Yorkshire Police’s demand.
“There are significant pressures on rural police forces and by coming together, we will be able to speak in a strong and united voice.
Once established, the network will provide an online resource for police, community safety organisations and others to interact, share information, training, access to case studies and link up with other mechanisms for reporting crime and suspicious behaviour.