On 30th April 4Policing managed an online discussion concerning Rural Crime. The debate centred on Twitter with the #RuralCrime hashtag.
Throughout the day many people joined in the discussion and in total over 13.5 Million notifications were received. If you want to follow the #RuralCrime debate that was held go to https://tagboard.com/ruralcrime/168575 or visit our Storify site at https://storify.com/4Policing/rural-crime-debate-april-2014#publicize
The session was extremely lively and we were really pleased to have the support of the NFU and Farmers Weekly Magazine. We had contributions from many rural communities, farmers and landowners as well as the various ‘Watch’ groups up and down the country. It was a great opportunity for everyone to network and build up their own contacts as well as ‘tweeting’ their your own views or questions.
You can view a list of links used during the rural crime debate: Forces rural crime websites
Join in on Wednesday 30th April, 2014 for the latest Twitter session. The subject up for discussion will be rural crime , we’re anticipating a big response judging by the previous two sessions we facilitated.
This is going to be a really vibrant session and we’re really pleased to have the support of the NFU and Farmers Weekly Magazine.
We’re expecting contributions from rural communities, farmers and landowners as well as the various ‘Watch’ groups up and down the country. We’re anticipating Police chiefs, PCC’s and rural policing teams to also be joining in. We’ll be encouraging local politicians to contribute too.
It’s a great opportunity for everyone to network and build up your own contacts as well as ‘tweet’ any your own views or questions whilst benefiting from the broad range of views from others.
We’ll be up and running from about midday on Wed 30th April until late evening. Follow the session by using the hashtag #Ruralcrime
On Thursday 10th April, we hosted a day long Twitter session on the hot topic of direct entry into the police at officer level .
SOME INTERESTING POINTS FROM THE DEBATE -
- The majority of comments were critical of direct entry
- Concern re Lack of experience in basic policing issues
- Transferability of skills
- Will it create a further glass ceiling at a time when opportunities are rare?
- Is the salary enough to attract the best?
- How will operational awareness and competency be tested?
- Some say just give it a chance, see what happens
- Concern that it may lead to positive discrimination
- Differences between forces some for it some very against
- Could bring in fresh approaches
- Need to have been street operational at some stage
- Public views are mixed
- Potential 2 tier Superintendents.
We’d to thank everyone who participated , we had over 3million interactions. With a lot of interested parties getting involved. You can read more about this debate by clicking here.