Ahead of tomorrow?s first-ever elections for police and crime commissioners (PCCs), new research has found that rural areas have fewer police officers per head of population than towns and cities.

The Countryside Alliance, which carried out the research, said that the newly-elected PCCs, who will set the spending plans for their force area, must ensure that officer numbers in rural areas are not depleted still further as budget cuts are enforced.

Executive chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner called upon PCCs to ?routinely consider? the needs of rural areas in the development of policy and strategy.

PCC elections take place in all areas of England and Wales, except London, on Thursday 15 November. For information on candidates standing where you live, visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk.

The rest of this article appears in the 14th November issue of Shooting Times.

What is YOUR opinion?

Join other ST readers in our forums to discuss your views.

Like this article? Mark this page on a social bookmarking website…


What is YOUR opinion?

Join other ST readers in our forums to discuss your views.