Posted on 1st October 2012
Taxpayers in Derbyshire are receiving greater value from their police force than many other counties in the country, new figures reveal.
Since 2002/03, all crime in Derbyshire has fallen by 40.4% which means there are now 41,697 fewer victims of crime than there were nine years ago. In addition, domestic burglary rates have fallen by 61.9%, vehicle crime by 68.7%, violent crime by 17.1% and criminal damage by 34.9%.
New data comparing the value added scores of police forces across the country – a figure which measures how much a force has enhanced its performance over a period of years – places Derbyshire in the top four-performing forces in the country in terms of reducing all crime (per 1,000 population). This is despite the fact that the Force receives less funding per head of population than many other forces nationally.
Derbyshire achieved a value added score of +11 in terms of all crime reduction and rose from 27th place nationally in 2002/03 to 16th place in 2011/12 – the fourth best score nationally.
In addition, the figures show Derbyshire has added the most value to its policing services than all the forces within its most-similar sized grouping for all crime, domestic burglary and vehicle crime.
Commenting on the figures, Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “These figures prove just how far we have come in the past decade in terms of driving down crime in the county and making our communities safer. As a rural force with one of the lowest funding settlements in the country, this performance is nothing short of remarkable and shows that taxpayers in Derbyshire are receiving a fantastic return for their investment.
“Not only have we recorded large reductions in key categories of crime, our position in comparison with other forces has continued to improve over the years. This strong performance will provide the incoming Police and Crime Commissioner with every opportunity of further enhancing the services available to the public of Derbyshire in the future.”
Other figures in the report, presented to members of Derbyshire Police Authority, show the Force has dramatically improved its national position for victim satisfaction rates from 34th place in December 2010 to 8th place in March 2012. This has given Derbyshire Police a value-added score of 26 – the highest in the country.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon presented the figures to the Police Authority and said: “As long as we see people being assaulted, their homes being broken into, commercial premises burgled, vehicles stolen and a whole range of other criminal and anti-social behaviour taking place, the job of the police is to try to tackle this and protect communities”
“Tackling crime and stopping criminal activity is not just the responsibility of the police service, but we are totally committed to stop the people who choose to harm others and to harm society.
“I am really pleased that crime is still reducing and reducing faster than elsewhere, but I know that the statistics are but one part of what we do. Time and time again people comment on the fantastic work done by the officers and staff of this force. By working with local communities and a whole range of other agencies we continue to do all we can to further reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”
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