Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer was joined by representatives from Cheshire Police including the Rural Crime Team, Roads Policing Team, Special Constabulary and Police Recruitment at the first Nantwich Show since 2019.
After a turbulent three years of postponements due to bad weather and lockdowns, the Nantwich Show returned to celebrate its 125th year, with the theme of 2022 being ‘The Best of British’. People from across Cheshire flocked to the show, providing the Commissioner and the Constabulary with the perfect opportunity to meet local residents and hear their opinions on policing, as well as share key messages around keeping people and animals safer in rural areas.
Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer said “It has been wonderful to be part of the show’s 125th year and everyone that I have met has shared how delighted they are that the show has returned. “Having the opportunity to hear the public’s opinions on the work of the Constabulary is crucial to my role as Commissioner, whether it is positive feedback or highlighting areas in need of improvement. The interaction is invaluable and people’s comments truly contribute to making the county an even safer place to live, work and visit.”
The Commissioner’s Rural Crime Survey was welcomed by the show’s visitors, with many stopping to share their experience and perspective on criminal activity and police responses in their local area.
Also popular with attendees was Cheshire Police’s ‘THINK’ car. The display showed a vehicle which had been involved in a road traffic collision on one of Cheshire’s roads, aiming to educate people about dangerous driving practices. The team were also promoting the ‘Fatal 5’ campaign which highlights the five main contributory factors to serious road traffic collisions.
Young children were drawn in by the chance to dress up in police uniforms which provided the perfect photo opportunity for their families. There was also time for the officers to engage with the children and share more about their role in keeping Cheshire safe.
The Rural Crime Team were busy launching their ‘Lead By Example’ campaign, which focuses on Livestock Worrying and encourages dog owners to keep their pets on leads in areas where livestock and wildlife are roaming. Livestock Worrying is a criminal offence and can lead to death, injury or aborted pregnancies for the animal.
John Dwyer added “I am delighted with the response we have had from the show’s visitors today. It has been wonderful to see people of all ages engaging with the teams and learning more about the day-to-day responsibilities and activity of all our officers.
“I would like to highlight how grateful I am to everyone who stopped to chat or take part in my survey and I would also like to thank everyone on hand at the police stand for their hard work and support in making the day such a success.”
To have your say in the Rural Crime Survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ruralcrimesurvey2022.