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Welcome to the latest edition of Rural Times - October 2021

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Hello,

Welcome to the latest edition of Rural Times.

I am Kory Thorne and it is my privilege to be the District Commander for the Test Valley policing area; a position I have held since 2014.

The Test Valley district is primarily rural spanning 250 square miles dotted with many pretty villages surrounding the market towns of Andover and Romsey.

The village of Stockbridge, the River Test and many other attractions across the Test Valley are a magnet for tourists attracting visitors from far afield. Farming, agriculture and numerous rural business ranging from gin production through to fishing and country pursuits help fuel the local economy.

We have 1 Inspector, 4 Sergeants, 26 PCs and 18 PCSOs who deliver neighbourhood policing across the district. These officers work from three stations based in Andover, Romsey and Stockbridge, with our Response and Patrol colleagues also located in Andover.

We are fortunate to have Police Sergeant Rich Taylor heading up our rural policing team working out of both Stockbridge and Romsey stations. He, and the team, link in with the Constabulary’s Country Watch team to tackle rural crime issues. I know the team do try to provide regular updates about their activity on our social media platforms – so do keep an eye out.

You can access the latest edition of Rural Times using the below link;

https://www.hampshire.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/hampshire/advice/rural-times/rural-times-october-2021.pdf

PS Taylor spearheaded a project last year to research and then purchase night vision googles for use by rural officers across the county. He is also involved in a project that is exploring developing a direct peer-to-peer suspicious incident reporting ’app’ based around one-click reporting for rural communities. We have also recently seen drones being utilised by the Country Watch team for rural crime issues. These are good examples of using innovative thinking and technology to tackle specific issues.

I am a firm believer that innovation and the use of cutting edge technology is the key to help us keep putting pressure on criminals who want to target rural businesses and homeowners. With such vast areas to cover and a limited number of police officers and PCSOs available, ensuring rural communities stay connected to local policing is vitally important.

Social media, combined with forthcoming Barn Meets, should help keep you informed and in the loop.

Lastly, I would urge you to continue to report crimes and suspicious activity to us via the Hampshire Constabulary website or calling 101. As always, if a crime is in progress dial 999.

Chief Inspector Kory Thorne
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Wes Hutchins (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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