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Project Team for North Warwickshire

Martyn Stephens Project Manager
I am employed by Warwickshire County Council as part of their Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team and I am based in a multi-agency Harm Hub in Warwickshire Justice Centre in Nuneaton. I was a Detective Sergeant with Warwickshire Police completing 30 years’ service in 2010. I was the Crime Reduction Manager for the force and have Home Office qualifications in Crime Prevention and Designing out Crime as well as qualifications with the Jill Dando Institute UCL for Crime Prevention and Community Safety. Since 2010 I have worked for WCC using the skill and knowledge of crime reduction to deliver projects in the community to reduce crime and the fear of crime in partnership with other agencies. The Rural Crime project is the biggest project to date

Helen Earp
I have been employed by Warwickshire County Council as part of their Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team for the past 8 years; I am based in a multi-agency Harm Hub in Warwickshire Justice Centre in Nuneaton. During this role I have undertaken training and gained qualifications in Crime Prevention from the Home Office and the Jill Dando institute as well as completing ad hoc courses to enhance my skills. Prior to this I worked within NWBC as part of the Community Development Team and covered work that was very varied and included work with young people and the elderly and everything in between. My current work involves large and small projects to reduce crime and disorder in two of the boroughs in Warwickshire, with my main focus being Business Crime and Nuisance Motorcycles.

Mark English
I am employed by Warwickshire Police as a ‘Crime Prevention Design Advisor’; I carried out my time as a serving police officer but was re-employed, on retirement, in my current role due to my experience. I cover the whole of North Warwickshire. I have completed Home Office courses in crime prevention and designing out crime. I carry out crime prevention projects working very closely with the rural crime coordinator and local police officers. I also liaise with planning departments, architects and developers to design out crime development sites so they do not become crime hot spots such as those built in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Carol Cotterill
I am the Coordinator for Crimes in Rural Communities for North Warwickshire starting in June 2014. Carol is funded through the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire via a grant received by Warwickshire County Council Community Safety Partnership.

I work closely with the farming community and village groups looking at how measures can be put in place to help deter crime. I work closely with the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams looking at incidents in the local rural areas and how to stop repeat victims of crime. Having a farming and equine background has helped build strong partnerships with the NFU, British Horse Society, Rural Hub, Rare Breeds Trust and lots more countryside groups.
I am the Chair of Warwickshire Horse Watch, a scheme I helped set up over 4 years ago, and I am also a Police Support Volunteer with Warwickshire Police. I have drive and commitment to addressing rural crime and coming up with ways to assist people protect their property and take active crime prevention measures was recognised by NFU Mutual Ins who in 2013 awarded Warwickshire Horse Watch with the best Crime Fighting Community Scheme in the UK at their national awards. I have received commendations from the Superintendent of North Warwickshire and the Chief Constable for my volunteer work with the police on rural crime and this year received a Highly Commended award at the British Women in Policing National Awards. In January I was recognised as a Community Champion for North Warwickshire for work in the villages in my area and met the Prime Minister, David Cameron in Downing Street.

Living in a rural village all of my life and being part of the farming community as I grew up, I feel very passionate about rural crime and how it affects people and the impact it can have on them.

Alex Williams
I have recently joined Warwickshire County Council as part of their Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team as a Business Crime Advisor. I studied Criminology at Birmingham City University and graduated in 2013 with a First and Honours. I studied a variety of modules including Crime Prevention, Advanced Crime Analysis, Applied Criminology and Transnational Corporate and Organised Crime. I am looking forward to putting my knowledge into practice by working with businesses in order to reduce business crime, with a focus on cybercrime. My role involves the launch of Business Watch which will work alongside Rural Watch providing a central point of contact for issues surrounding business crime.