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 population swells with a student community of over 35,000 and the county has rapidly-growing Eastern European communities, with Roma being quite prominent. The city population includes a significant deaf community.
Derbyshire is in the heart of the country, covering over 1,000 square miles². Ranging from the former mining communities in the north-east, to the industrialised city of Derby and surrounding suburbs, to the vast moorlands and countryside of the Peak District National Park in the north, which itself, attracts around 20 million visitors a year. Derbyshire shares a boundary with 7 other forces, making cross-border crime and travelling criminality an issue.
The force had over 830,000³ calls for service last year, with an average of 10,000³ “999” calls per month. Domestic abuse cases have increased over the last 10 years and last year there were over 19,000³ domestic incidents reported, of these 5,200³ were crimes.
Derbyshire works well with partner agencies to tackle the risk, threat and harm arising from Organised Crime and has collaborated with 4 other regional forces in this area as well as Major Crime. Derbyshire loses out on government funding - £2m last year and £35m in the last 9 years.
Derbyshire is a low cost force, spending £14.6m³ (£14.20 per head of population) less than the national average. The workforce is 17%³ smaller than it was in 2010, but is effectively managing ever decreasing budgets.
Whilst a 50%³ reduction in recorded crime in the last 11 years is a positive position, the force is aware of the emerging threat from fraud and cyber-enabled crime and the increased levels of complexity that face policing moving forward.
1. ONS annual population survey
3. 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