Posted on 5th April 2018
Chief Constable Peter Goodman has paid tribute to the ‘commitment’, ‘brilliance’ and ‘bravery’ shown every day by representatives of Derbyshire Constabulary.
Speaking in a live broadcast on Facebook, the force’s most senior officer revealed that, in a career spanning three decades, his current crop of officers, volunteers and staff are the most dedicated he’s worked with.
“Being a police officer is a difficult job,” he said. “It’s a very rewarding job and a real vocation, but it’s difficult.
“You are working through a 24-hour clock, in difficult circumstances and seeing lots of really unpleasant things.
“Policing is a great challenge. There are lots of things to respond to and we have limited resources. Often, it means making difficult choices.
“It makes for a diverse and interesting job – and a very rewarding job, particularly when we have successes around locking up serious criminals and protecting very vulnerable people.
“But I never lock anyone up. I never protect anyone from vulnerability. It’s my very fine officers that do that.
“I see acts of brilliance, acts of real commitment and acts of bravery. I see them day in and day out from officers here in Derbyshire.
“I’ve worked in lots of police forces across the Midlands and never have I seen an organisation where people are so committed to the communities they serve.
“I am very proud of all our officers, all our staff and all those who volunteer with us. I’m proud to be their Chief Constable.”
Goodman described how the scale of complexity of crime makes acting upon every incident in the county impossible, but says work is ongoing to make the force as visible, approachable and efficient as possible.
“The statistics say that – in terms of reported crime – Derbyshire is one of the safest places in the country to live.
“We have one of the lowest crime rates in England and Wales and also one of the highest detection rates in terms of bringing people to justice.
“However, we receive over 1,000 calls a day from the public asking for service. Frankly, we don’t have enough police officers to go to all of them.
“There are urgent instances where lives are at risk, where serious criminality is taking place or where people are extremely vulnerable; we try to get there in very short periods of time.
“There are other cases where we have to get there later, or indeed talk to a member of the public over the phone.
“We are, meanwhile, endeavouring to be as visible as possible, with investment in mobile technology meaning less time spent in police stations and more time out in the community.
“If you see a police officer in the street, or in McDonalds working on their mobile device, please approach them and talk about any issues.”
Watch the Facebook broadcast in full here...