Posted on 25th October 2012
Police Authority chairman Philip Hickson has welcomed Derbyshire’s continuing fall in overall crime – which, from April to August, has already dropped much lower than the national average in the year up to June this year.
“It is most gratifying to see that the police and authority’s commitment to bringing down crime in our county is paying off, and that we continue to be ahead of the game,” he said.
“Last year we were placed in the top four performing forces in the country in terms of reducing all crime. That is a great achievement, especially considering that our force receives less funding per head of population than many other forces.”
Statistics released at the end of September by Derbyshire Police Authority revealed a 20 per cent reduction in total recorded crime from April to August this year.
Latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales for the year ending June 2012 show a 6 per cent decrease in overall crime against adults compared with the previous year’s survey.
The figures come as Police Authorities prepare to hand over to Police and Crime Commissioners after the elections in November.
Commenting on this national downward trend, the Chair of the Association of Police Authorities, Coun Diana Holl-Allen said: “It is a tribute to the police and police authorities that during a period of unprecedented change our fundamental public service has not been deflected from their key goal – cutting crime.“
She went on: “Despite many predictions to the contrary, crime has continued to fall and public confidence has continued to rise.”
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