The NSW Police force's team tackling rural crime has been internationally recognised for being a "leader in Australia".
The NSW Police Force Rural Crime Prevention Team were awarded the 2021 International Society for the Study of Rural Crime (ISSRC) award for policy, practice and engagement.
State Rural Crime Coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Whiteside said the team were humbled by the award, which highlights the NSW Police Force's commitment to tackling rural crime.
"There is much more to do, and this award is a culmination and acknowledgement of the work our team does, not only in preventing, disrupting and responding to rural crime, but also working with our external partners and researchers to continually improve what we do," he said.
The ISSRC is made up of scholars, students and practitioners from around the world with an interest in research aimed at reducing crime in all its forms in rural areas.
The society launched its annual awards program in 2020, offering awards in three categories; the Joseph F. Donnermeyer New Scholar award, the research student award and the award for policy, practice and engagement.
According to the ISSRC the Rural Crime Prevention Team's level of innovation "made them a leader in Australia".
They said the team exemplified the purpose of the award demonstrating the practical application from the law enforcement side that targets and aids potential victims in increasing security, but also worked collaboratively with researchers and the educational environment with outreach educational programs as well.
"The NSW Rural Crime team is outwardly focussed, such as with their involvement with student learning, engagement with academia, interactions with farmers and so on," the ISSRC said.
"They have developed a clear leadership role in Australia and New Zealand, notably with the creation of a nationally accredited course, as well as the information booklet.
"Clear evidence is provided on a range of initiatives which are innovative and aimed at addressing rural crime in NSW."
Western Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Brett Greentree congratulated the Rural Crime Prevention Team on their dedication and innovative ways to tackle rural crime.
"This award recognises the commitment of the NSW Police Force and the Rural Crime Prevention Team," he said.
"Rural crime remains under-reported, and this award will build confidence and gain trust in rural communities.
"The capabilities of the team will continue to grow through collaborative efforts involving police districts and communities."