Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 37

FEATURE - life Extra - Peter Wainwright. PC Tim Campany with Jeff Smith from “The Bike Shed” who kindly sponsored the mountain bike. working knowledge of wildlife, habitats and the ecology. He is also called upon when offences are committed against animals and works closely with the RSPCA. He investigates offences like badger baiting and dog fighting. Demands on the rural police team include maintaining a safe and ordered environment during the hunting season. Sgt Bolwell said “We have an excellent working relationship with the IOW Hunt and the League against cruel sports.” PC Tim Campany who is the neighbourhood officer for Central Rural has been sponsored by the Bike Shed which is on his beat many other rural police have been issued with Smith and Wesson Mountain bikes, not only is cycling good fitness and eco friendly it has real practical benefits, police are perceived as accessible, and they can respond locally and can go where motor vehicles can’t. Bearing in mind the amount of beaches, countryside and downland the Island has this is a real plus. With the introduction of six rural PCSO the opportunity for direct contact with the community and gathering intelligence and information regarding community issues is improved. A key part of their role will include attending local council meetings and schools. Overall there has been good positive feedback from the community with the public feeling there is a greater police presence and that they are more accessible. Add