Derbyshire is economically, culturally and ethnically diverse. The population has grown to just over 1 million¹ of which 8% are from a black and minority background.
The county ranges from the vibrant city of Derby, to former mining communities, to the vast moorlands of the Peak District National Park, which attracts 10 million visitors each year.
Derby has become a manufacturing base for worldwide brands evolving into a centre for design, technology and innovation. This attracts higher education establishments increasing the local population with 35,000 students.
Derbyshire has reduced recorded crime by 50% over the past 11 years but there remains areas of concern. Domestic abuse cases have increased over the past 10 years and in 2013/14 there were 19,000² reported domestic incidents, resulting in 5,200 reported crimes. There is awareness of the emerging threats from fraud and cyber-crime, just two of the areas where the complexity of policing is growing. To address this, the force works closely with partner agencies and collaborates with four other regional forces, to provide the most effective service possible in several areas, including major crime. Victim satisfaction remains a high priority and an area of continuous improvement.
Derbyshire remains committed to local policing through neighbourhood policing teams and has strong community safety partnerships. This is one part of a strategy to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Derbyshire is contending with a smaller work force and decreasing budgets. It remains an efficient force and spends £164² per head of population, which is £15.50 below the national average. It has also had to contend with losing out on £35 million from central government funding in the past nine years.
The force continues to meet these challenges and with the Police and Crime Commissioner is moving forward to ensure the people of Derbyshire receive the best possible service.
1. ONS annual population survey
2. Force statistics
Chief Constable, Mick Creedon
In April 2014, Chief Constable Mick Creedon announced that recorded crime in Derbyshire has risen for the first time in ten years but crime rates are still significantly lower than they were two years ago.
Recorded crime rose by two per cent in 2013/14 compared to April to March 2012/13; an increase of 1,094 offences.
Although the number of offences reported by the public increased, there were still 15 per cent fewer than there were two years ago.
It also means that recorded crime is about 50 per cent less than it was ten years ago.
During the last year, crimes of violence reduced by 6.5 per cent from 9,820 to 9,177 while shoplifting and non-domestic burglaries rose by 17 per cent (848) and 19 per cent (787) respectively. Vehicle crime (which includes theft of and from vehicles) rose by nine per cent (470) and domestic burglary rose by two per cent (51).
Local crime figures
Crime Mapping allows us to show you where crime is happening at a local level, so we can better engage with our communities and help them determine how best to police the area they live in.
The latest version of the crime mapping website allows you to enter your postcode or area name and from this find out the latest street-level crime statistics using a simple, user-friendly interface and highly-detailed maps.
Updated on a monthly basis, the crime statistics show the total numbers of crimes on or near the street you live on, and can then be broken down further into categories such as burglary, robbery, vehicle crime, violence and anti-social behaviour
It also now allows you to see the outcomes of these offences as they are investigated and travel along the criminal justice process.
Visit: www.police.uk to find out more information about your local area.
Common Statement of Performance
This statement is an attempt to represent all the demands, responsibilities and commitments on the police and put the statistics made available to the public in context.
Derbyshire Constabulary maintains strong crime performance despite increasing financial challenges facing the force.
The latest financial performance reports are included as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner's monthly Strategic Governance Board meetings, the reports from which can be found on the PCC's website