Derbyshire Constabulary is committed to working in partnership with other agencies to tackle crime and disorder in the county and provide a high quality policing service to local communities.
As part of this commitment, the force hosts an annual strategic risk seminar, bringing together key staff from the constabulary, the police authority, community safety partnerships and Safer Derbyshire. The purpose of the event is to agree the crime and community safety priorities facing the county in order to better target resources.
The process looks at what is currently in place to deal with risks, what police and partners deliver, what gaps there are in certain areas and what are considered to be the key actions that need to be undertaken in the next 12 months.
Public views, expressed through the police authority’s Have Your Say consultation event, are also taken into consideration.
The seminar is critical in shaping how Derbyshire Constabulary provides policing for the city and county by determining priorities for the coming year.
Once the key risks and threats have been identified, the force can make strategic decisions around investment, resource allocation and operational priorities. Those areas with a higher level of risk may require greater levels of support and investment.
Crime in Derbyshire has fallen for the ninth consecutive year, with more than 41,000 fewer victims of crime than in 2002/03. While this is an outstanding achievement, we are committed to working with our partners to reduce it further.
Although initiatives have been developed across the 11 key risk areas, the environment we police is constantly changing and the force acknowledges the need to adapt to these changes.
This page gives an overview of the current risk and threat areas, and the main challenges which the force is faced with. The full downloadable document is available on the right.
Alcohol misuse is currently regarded as the top priority area for Derbyshire, with several districts of the county experiencing severe alcohol abuse issues. Businesses which sell alcohol to underage customers are being targeted by Derbyshire Constabulary and its partners and are seen as a major contributory factor in the problem.
VALs (Violence, Alcohol and Licensing groups) have been formed to tackle the problem, a Hospital Alcohol and Drugs Liaison Team was established at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and is having a positive impact on alcohol-related admissions, patients and re-admissions, while an alcohol diversion scheme has been launched to change the drinking behaviour of its attendees.
The protection of vulnerable children is of paramount concern for Derbyshire Constabulary and its partners, as many offences involve sexual exploitation, wilful neglect, abuse, assault, and the possession of indecent images.
A specialist team at each division works closely with partners, supported by a centrally-based Child Sexual Exploitation Team and a Central Referral Unit (CRU), the latter which receives around 5,000 referrals annually, with the number increasing alarmingly.
Although crime is falling in Derbyshire, domestic violence has risen. In fact, in the UK, a case of domestic abuse is reported every minute, and it's estimated that it accounts for a quarter of all reported violent crime.
This is thought to be the result of an increase in awareness; more campaigns regarding DV have been issued, and as a result, more people are reporting the crime when in the past it would remain un-reported.
Identifying a domestic abuse crime is challenging, and a greater understanding of forced marriage, honour-based violence and stalking and harassment cases have been key priorities in combatting DV crimes.
Rape and serious sexual assaults
Like the above crime, the reporting of rape and sexual assaults has risen in the UK over the last three years, but rather than an increase in sexual crimes, the promoting and encouragement to record sexual crimes is the main factor in the increase, as more crimes are being reported as a result of better confidence in the police and prosecution process.
In Derbyshire, divisional units exist to provide assistance, and each case is investigated differently depending on the nature of the crime. Since 2004, the county has had the benefit of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, which provides care and support for victims.
Drugs is a primary concern for Derbyshire residents, and the force is tackling the problem by aiming to reduce the demand for drugs, restricting their supply, and supporting people who have become dependant on drugs.
Derbyshire police recorded 2,395 offences of drugs possession n 2011 and 207 supply offences. There were 20 drug-related deaths in Derbyshire last year. The force works with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit to target the most significant criminals involved in supplying drugs in Derbyshire.
The force also supports those whose lives are affected by substance abuse and addiction.
Organised Crime Groups
Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) are a group of criminals who work together to continuously commit serious offences. They are becoming increasingly sophisticated, making their detection extremely difficult. OCGs are monitored, assessed and investigated.
There are currently 62 OCGs operating in Derbyshire. The force has a dedicated unit whose role is to gather intelligence and disrupt their actions. The strength behind tackling these groups is partnership working with other organisations and greater information sharing between agencies.
ASB takes many forms, including noise nuisance, criminal damage, littering and drug and alcohol misuse. Indeed, nuisance behaviour is still regarded as the seventh biggest risk area facing the force in 2012.
Efforts to thwart anti-social behaviour have been stepped up, with Safer Neighbourhood Team patrols, and diversionary activity groups created to steer young people off the streets and away from crime.
Progress is being made, but ASB remains a constant worry for residents in many areas of the county.
Acquisitive crime and offender management
This type of crime relates to offences where property is stolen or obtained fraudulently. A large percentage of acquisitive crime is committed by drug users who use the proceeds to fund their addiction.
Managing offenders is conducted via an integrated offender management scheme, in which different agencies form a partnership to share information and offer help and advice to the offenders, who may otherwise re-offend without such assistance.
Terrorism and domestic extremism
The UK terrorism threat level is currently 'substantial', indicating that a terrorist attack is 'a strong possibility and may occur without warning'.
The main threat faced in our county is that of extremism or violence through radicalisation via the endorsement of a wrongful interpretation of Islam.
Also, incidents such as Derrick Bird in Cumbria and Anders Breivik in Norway have increased the threat of marauding firearms attacks.
Killed and serious injury road collisions
Drink driving, speeding, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and failing to wear a seat belt are the main four factors behind serious road collisions. They are known as 'The Fatal Four'.
Derbyshire Constabulary works alongside other agencies to reduce collisions through education, enforcement and road improvements. The agencies make up the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, working together to conduct roadside safety checks on vehicles, drink-drive campaigns and motorcycle safety initiatives.
The most vulnerable members of the community - people who are eligible for Local Authority or Mental Health services, the elderly, people in need of care due to illness or disability - are protected, where action is required, by officers in their area.
The force's Central Referral Unit is responsible for researching police systems, risk assessing, liaising with partners and referring vulnerable adults to them so they can assist.
It is estimated that the UK economy loses £73 billion each year through fraud, with this number increasing at an alarming rate aided by the change in society and chiefly via use of internet scams.
Derbyshire Constabulary's Economic Crime Unit is in charge of numerous high value and complex fraud investigations, while the Financial Investigation Unit continues to use the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to deprive criminals of the wealth they have acquired through criminal activity.
Around 200,000 people go missing in Britain each year, two-thirds of whom are children. Derbyshire Constabulary employs dedicated missing person liaison officers who are responsible for the day-to-day running of investigations.
It's often the case that a missing person has some underlying issues which need to be addressed and assessed whilst the investigation is in progress. Children often go missing due to abuse or exploitation.
The force works with partner agencies to manage the methods needed in finding a missing person and the response required when found.