A legacy to be proud of

 

Posted on 8th November 2012

Derbyshire Police Authority is ready to hand over “a legacy to be proud of” to the new Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Authority held its last meeting today (8 November) when Chair Philip Hickson said: “Our members and officers have worked tirelessly with the police, our partners and the public to help create a safer Derbyshire. The success of their commitment is reflected in the crime figures of the last nine years.”

“We are now heading for nearly a decade of reducing crime, with 41,000 fewer victims since 2002/3. That is a fantastic legacy, and one to be proud of.”

He added that the Authority had always performed its duties with political impartiality, with the political and independent members working together for the communities of Derbyshire.

When the Authority relinquishes its governing role on November 22 – the day the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) takes up office – it expects its successes of recent years to provide a sturdy platform for further crime reduction in the future.

The level of the Authority’s and Derbyshire Constabulary’s achievements has been demonstrated through the Have Your Say community engagement programmes which have made 10,000 direct and indirect contacts with the public over the last three years.

The 2012 survey revealed that of those people taking part, 86 per cent felt safe or very safe, more than three quarters felt very or fairly satisfied with how police dealt with crime and antisocial behaviour in their area, and three quarters felt the police were doing an excellent or a good job.

Another crucial part of the Police Authority’s legacy is its strong financial position and with good levels of reserves.

Mr Hickson pointed out: “Not only will the Commissioner inherit a robust approach to delivering value for money and efficiency savings, he will also take over the governance of a quality, high performing police force.”

Some of those savings have come from collaborative working with neighbouring forces. When Derbyshire Assistant Chief Constable Peter Goodman was recruited as regional Deputy Chief Constable to oversee the wide expansion of these collaborative services, projected savings were around £60m along with greatly improved resilience. There are now 41 areas of business being delivered or under development at a regional level.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon stands among those praising the authority for its outstanding work. During his work with the Authority over a number of years, he said he had found its members to be absolutely committed to public service and to improving policing.

Some of the Authority’s successes – and battles – in recent years include:

  •  making strong representations to ministers about unfair grants
  •  strongly and successfully lobbying against forces merger in 2005-6
  •  becoming one of the first Counter Terrorism Information Units as part of East Midlands’ collaboration of forces.

Months of work have gone into preparing the handover to the Commissioner. A report including all the Authority’s key decisions and actions with regard to every aspect of policing in Derbyshire ranging from protecting the vulnerable, 999 call reaction times and drugs issues to the tackling of organised crime groups and money laundering has been collated.

“We have done everything we can to ensure that the Commissioner has what he needs to carry on improving safety in Derbyshire,” Mr Hickson concluded.

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