Police Authority welcomes optimistic start to 2012/13

 

Posted on 30th July 2012

Members of Derbyshire Police Authority have welcomed the latest performance figures from Derbyshire Constabulary. 

A report on police performance revealed crime levels in Derbyshire had continued to fall at the beginning of the year (April 2012-May 2013) with the Force recording an 18.5% reduction. This means 3,007 fewer offences were committed between April and mid July 2012, the largest drop in the region.

Many categories of crime saw large reductions in volume including stealing offences (domestic burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and shoplifting) which fell by -19.6% (1,613 fewer offences), violence against the person crime which dropped by -13.4% (410 fewer offences), rape and sexual offences which saw levels fall by -19.3% (48 fewer offences) and anti-social incidents which fell by 1,600 offences compared to the previous year.

As crime levels fell, detection rates improved with the overall crime detection rate now standing at 28.2%. In addition, satisfaction levels also improved with almost 88% of all victims surveyed in the first quarter stating they are satisfied with the overall service they have received.

Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “We are very impressed with the strong performance achieved so far and hope that this is a good indication of what’s to come in the remainder of the year. However, in reality, it is very early days and we must not celebrate prematurely as there is still a long way to go. This Authority will continue to apply pressure for performance success in the months ahead to ensure we hand over a force in optimum shape for the incoming PCC. 

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