Two Rural Crime Team officers receive awards

Rural Crime Team Awards

Two officers from the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team have received prestigious awards for their work, in the same week.

Rural Crime Team manager Sgt Rob Taylor has been presented with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Worldwide Fund (WWF) for his work in fighting wildlife crime, both in North Wales and the UK.

Having been a police officer for nearly 30 years, Sgt Taylor has been involved in many high profile prosecutions for an array of offences, such as badger digging, bat persecution and damage to sites of special scientific interest.

Following the presentation, which took place at the annual National Wildlife Conference in Leamington Spa and Sgt Taylor said: “As police officers we work day in day out, without expecting awards, but when it comes it is an honour to be formally recognised and I am very proud.”

“We have made big steps in reducing wildlife crime here in North Wales, with a 75% reduction in 8 years. I accept this award on behalf of the force and the rural crime team.”

PC Dave Allen, also of the Rural Crime Team, received a force award for ‘Innovation in reducing rural crime.’

 PC Allen linked in via social media with the New Zealand rural police, taking part in online video conferences, through which he has jointly formulated a rural crime awareness booklet. This online booklet was officially launched at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair on November 30th.

Pc Allen said “It has been a week of achievements for the team and like Sgt Taylor I am honoured for my work to be recognised in this way. We always look at different and new ways of reducing rural crime in North Wales and this was one that we worked on with our colleagues from the other side of the world”.

The Rural Crime Team was formed in September 2013 at the request of the Police Commissioner, Winston Roddick and they have seen dramatic falls in all manner of rural issues with them working closely with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the farming unions amongst other agencies.

Sgt Taylor added: “We have a dedicated team of officers here in North Wales and a great partnership with Natural Resources Wales, who give us a lot of support. Our work is extremely varied, but rewarding and we really feel we are making the difference in reducing all manner of rural crime”.