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OXFORDSHIRE CRIME INITIATIVE TO REACH INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE

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A West Oxfordshire crime prevention scheme has proved so successful that Witney police officers will be telling the...
A West Oxfordshire crime prevention scheme has proved so successful that Witney police officers will be telling the world about it at a conference in Canada, reports BBC Oxford.

Country Watch - a partnership between the police and organisations such as the National Rivers Authority, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the National Farmers' Union - was launched two years ago.

Superintendent Davina Logan, of Witney Police Division, is one of the officers going to the international conference in Canada.

She commented: 'It is continuing to be a success. The point to emphasise is that it is very much an evolutionary process; it is not something that happens overnight.

'It is difficult to actually quantify exactly what makes it successful. I think the main issues are communications.

'We are communicating much better with our public in the rural communities and giving them the confidence to talk to us, and providing them with the facility to do that: by increasing our communication with them with mobile phones and making sure we have co-ordinators through which we can give intelligence and information to them'.

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