Aylesbury Vale rural police up for top award

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The most prestigious award within Thames Valley Police is to be presented to members of the Aylesbury Vale rural neighbourhood police teams for their crime-fighting efforts.

The Shrievalty Merit Award will be presented to the teams by the three High Sheriffs of Bucks, Oxfordshire and Berkshire this month.

Team members receiving the award include those from Wendover, Waddesdon, Haddenham and Wing.

The force said: “The Aylesbury Vale rural neighbourhood teams have risen to the challenge of tackling rural crime in Aylesbury Vale.

“Through increased visibility and actively working with partners and neighbouring police, crime has been reduced and cross border offenders tackled.

“Theft from vehicles in rural beauty spots and non-dwelling burglary where farm and plant machinery are targeted has also been reduced.

“Regular operations to tackle criminality and raise awareness have also been undertaken.

“The teams have actively engaged with their communities to make Aylesbury Vale a safer place.”

Created in 1981 by the three High Sheriffs, the awards give the force the chance to recognise the work of officers and staff.