Officers Prepare for Week of #OpAppleorchid Action

Officers from Staffordshire Police are preparing for a week of action to tackle wildlife and rural crime in the community.

The week of action, which is due to commence on Monday 6 December, will see officers focus on anticipated seasonal crime trends which may affect rural communities.

Officers working on #OperationAppleorchid as part of the force’s Rural and Wildlife Crime Unit (RWCU), will concentrate on green routes.

This will involve officers patrolling areas including turkey, poultry and Christmas tree farms, to help prevent possible thefts from rural properties and poaching during the dark winter nights.

Police will also patrol rural routes to provide enhanced visibility to residents in order to provide reassurance and deter those looking to commit crime in these areas.

Speaking ahead of the week, Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, who is the force’s lead for the RWCU, said: “It is vital that we work across the county with our rural communities, as we approach the festive season, in order to protect and support them while also preventing and deterring rural crime.

“The week will also enable us to identify communities who require further long-term support from the force and engage with residents, supporting businesses and reassure people we are doing what we can to protect them.

“Due to their remote locations it is important that our rural communities feel reassured that we are here to act on their concerns – and understand what matters to them.”

Chief Inspector Scott Gidman, from East Staffordshire’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, added: “East Staffordshire officers will join forces with RWCU colleagues to patrol identified green routes and areas of risk during this week of action and into the festive period.

“We hope that our presence in these areas will help prevent crime from occurring, in the lead up to Christmas, as well as enable us to engage with our rural communities on the ground in order to tackle issues that are important to them.”

To find out more about policing in your local area, visit Your area | Staffordshire Police.

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Tony Walley
News & Sport Editor

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