Posted on 4th July 2012
Derbyshire Police Authority has approved the Policing Strategy 2012/16, which explains how the Constabulary aims to make the county safer over the next four years while adjusting to the tough financial environment.
Derbyshire is officially the safest county in the East Midlands region and indeed, one of the safest in the country, having delivered the ninth consecutive year of crime reduction. There are now 42,000 fewer victims of crime in the county than there were in 2002/3 while burglary is down by more than 60%, vehicle crime is down two-thirds and criminal damage is down by more than a third.
The plan, the final such publication before the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner publishes their Police and Crime Plan for Derbyshire shortly after the elections in November, can be found on both the Authority’s and Constabulary’s websites at:
This ambitious plan sets out five core aims which will influence and guide every decision made by the Force and help it to provide top quality services. These are: protecting the vulnerable, attacking criminality, providing reassurance, preventing and reducing crime and delivering value for money. The Police Authority supports the 15 Constabulary Commitments, which cover ‘Working for Communities’, ‘Getting it right first time’ and ‘Supporting Local Priorities’.
Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “We are pleased that, despite current pressures, the plan is so positive. It shows that the Authority continues to challenge and test the force.
“In our view, the implementation of this year’s publication will continue the good work of the past few years and put the incoming Commissioner in the best possible place for the future, while meeting our local communities’ needs and expectations.”
Chief Constable Mick Creedon added: “It’s absolutely right that along with the Police Authority we publish a clear and ambitious plan that tells the public and our partners about the risks we face, the demands on the force and what we intend to do to make Derby and Derbyshire even safer.
“Policing is very complex and the range of issues we face day to day are many, but the plan focuses on our simple priorities of reducing crime even further, protecting vulnerable people, attacking the criminals who blight communities, providing even greater reassurance to people and ensuring we make best use of every pound that we spend.
“We have a much smaller workforce now due to the spending cuts but I know that every member of the Derbyshire Constabulary - police officers, police staff, police community support officers and volunteer special constables - are committed to support this plan and further improve the service we deliver.”
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