8 November 1996

Police need funds

CALLS for more resources to combat the growth in rural crime were made when Country Landowners Association leaders met with the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Landowners are concerned that assessments of police spending are based on population numbers, which lead to deductions in rural areas.

Ewen Cameron, CLA president, said the negative sparsity factor bemused farmers. "People in rural areas deserve the same level of service as in towns. Our police need to be able to respond and be at a crime scene quickly."

Mr Cameron called upon government to undertake a review of the sparsity factor.

"We do not underestimate the valuable role played by the parish constable, neighbourhood watch schemes and CCTV, but they will only work as they should if the police have the resources they need," he added.