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Police chiefs welcome HMIC report that grades the force as 'good' and 'oustanding'

Posted on 2nd March 2017

Derbyshire’s Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, has welcomed the latest report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, into police effectiveness.

The report looks at four key areas of how effective the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime and we have been rated as ‘good’ in three areas and ‘outstanding’ in one – making Derbyshire Constabulary one of the best ranked in the country.

The report grades the force’s effectiveness as ‘good’ in

  • Preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe
  • Investigating crime and reducing re-offending
  • Protecting the vulnerable and supporting victims

Outstanding

The force is rated ‘outstanding’ at tackling serious and organised crime.

Mr Creedon said: “It’s excellent that after years of cuts and austerity and a reduction of 700 officers and staff that our external inspectors have rated us in this way.

“We were rated as one of only two forces to be ‘outstanding’ in the HMIC legitimacy report in December and this reflects brilliantly on all our staff and officers. We value the HMIC’s objective scrutiny of the force.

“We are very clear on our commitment to try and provide an excellent policing service to everyone in Derbyshire. We know how complex the demands have become on us with a range of new challenges like modern slavery and child sexual exploitation but as we continually change what we do, serving and protecting the public is at the heart of everything.”

The report says: “Derbyshire Constabulary is good at preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe. It understands its communities well and the threats they face. Neighbourhood staff are responsive to the things that matter to their local communities. “Innovation and a strong partnership approach are used both to understand and to tackle serious and organised crime. When organised crime groups are identified, comprehensive analysis is carried out to understand how they operate and who is involved. The force is capable of carrying out complex investigations to disrupt organised crime groups and bring offenders to justice. There is increasing emphasis on understanding how serious and organised crime affects communities and particularly those people vulnerable to exploitation.”

Mr Creedon added: “Nationally, the report highlights concerns around some forces withdrawing from neighbourhood policing but we remain committed to a local visible and accessible presence and recognise that increasingly many people want engagement through virtual networks and we strive to provide this service.

“I am also satisfied that we have outstanding detectives and are we are now recruiting staff into the organisation with specialist knowledge in areas such as cybercrime.”

Drop in crime

The report highlights that Derbyshire Constabulary has seen a drop in recorded crime for the five years up to June 30 2016, falling by more than 18 per cent compared to a national figure of just over three per cent.

Welcoming the report’s findings, Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said: “This is reassuring news for the people of Derbyshire. Yet again Derbyshire Constabulary lived up to its reputation and delivered a ‘good’ grade on the most demanding of inspections.

“I am particularly pleased for the Chief Constable Mick Creedon, as he inches towards his retirement later this year, that his exceptional leadership has reaped such good rewards which ensure that Derbyshire continues to be a safe place to live, work or visit. It is a well-deserved accolade on which to leave this hard-working and high performing force.  

“It also provides a good platform on which the incoming chief constable will be able to build.

“In challenging financial circumstances, while facing new and emerging risks and threats, Derbyshire continues to keep people safe and reduce crime effectively.

“I would like, on behalf of the local communities, to thank all the police officers, staff and volunteers who have helped to achieve this grade. Derbyshire Constabulary is a team, recognised for its quality of service, professionalism and commitment to duty. It is one of only five forces to receive an ‘outstanding’ in any category in this inspection, quite simply I am proud to be Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.”

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