14 November 2018

Brooksby Melton College Agriculture Apprentices have been talking with PC Rob Cross about their experiences of rural crime.

Agriculture Training Officer, Meg Peberdy, recently invited PC Rob Cross, of Leicestershire Police, to BMC’s Brooksby Campus to talk to her apprentices. Her aim was to increase their awareness of rural crime, and to teach them how the police deal with issues of rural crime in Leicestershire.

Rob spoke to the students about how they can take steps to prevent crime, including how to protect their machinery, livestock and property. This was a unique opportunity for the apprentices to increase their awareness of the different types of rural crime, talk about their own experiences, and gain some vital knowledge to assist them with their future career within the Agricultural sector.

PC Rob Cross said ‘Meg asked me to come to BMC’s Brooksby Campus to talk to her apprentices about rural crime and policing in rural areas. As a previous young farmer myself, I am very aware that young people in rural areas can be notoriously hard to reach – so for Meg to identify this issue was really refreshing. Meg encouraged her apprentices to discuss their experiences of rural crime, and was able to reflect on her own experiences, which helped to tailor the session to suit the needs of the students. I was really impressed with the way Meg led the discussion, and I could clearly see that she is passionate about her role!’

Meg added ‘We all know how much time pressure the emergency services are under, so for PC Rob Cross to take the time to talk to us was an amazing opportunity. Rob spoke to the students in a frank, open and honest manner, helping to put them at ease and allowing them to discuss their own experiences with crime, and the process with the police, both positive and negative. Feedback since the talk has been brilliant - the students have really took on board what was discussed, and have even fed the information back to their employers; they have also demonstrated their findings through their written work.

BMC is proud to be a specialist Landex College, which means that they are committed to delivering a large volume of education and training within the land-based sector. The college offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of Agriculture, Countryside Management, Floristry, Horticulture, and Land-Based Engineering; all delivered from the 850 acre Brooksby estate in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside. For more information about courses at BMC, visit www.brooksbymelton.ac.uk.