Motor patrols officers on hand at Alnwick rural crime conference

Officers from Operation Dragoon, part of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols, will be on hand at tomorrow’s rural crime conference in Alnwick and Monday’s event in Hexham.

They will be based outside of the events welcoming people into the conference and will be speaking to people about road safety Operation Dragoon and letting residents in Northumberland know what police are doing in the area to keep the roads safe.

Motor Patrols Inspector John Heckels said: “Operation Dragoon is the force’s road safety campaign aimed at raising awareness in road safety, tackling dangerous drivers and making the roads safer for everyone.

“These events give us the perfect opportunity to speak to residents in the more rural areas of Northumberland and raise awareness in the work we are doing in the county on road safety.

“Northumberland is a beautiful area with miles of road that are a real draw for cyclists and motorcyclists and so road safety is really important. Due to the rural nature of the county then a lot of roads can often be difficult especially in poor weather conditions and can often contain hidden hazards.

“We are looking forward to coming along to the events and the chance to speak to residents in Northumberland.”

The Rural Crime Conferences are being held at the Guest Hall, Alnwick Castle, on Wednesday, 14 May, and the Function Suite at Hexham Auction Mart on Monday, 19 May, both from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The events will feature guest speakers from Northumbria Police, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Fire and Rescue and Crimestoppers, guests will also be able to speak to Police Crime Prevention Advisors and see demonstrations of security devices and measures aimed at preventing rural crime.