Posted on 23rd May 2018
Total reported crime in Derbyshire has risen slightly during the past year in comparison with the previous 12 months, with the proportion of positive outcomes also marginally rising.
The latest statistics, covering the year to March 31, 2018, show that crime increased by 3.6% compared to the same period in 2016/17.
Statistics for forces across the country are scheduled for release by the Home Office on July 19, with Derbyshire today becoming the latest to release some preliminary figures ahead of that date.
Positive outcomes in Derbyshire, including all offences resolved by charge or summons as well as out of court disposals such as cautions and community resolutions, rose from 25.8% to 26.4% with 55,848 crimes recorded within the relevant categories across the county.
Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: “I’m pleased to see that the rise in crime in Derbyshire is only slight, supporting our view that we are one of the safest counties in the country.
“However, I want to be really clear that we do not consider recorded crime data as a complete or effective understanding of crime, or of people's experiences of crime.
“Areas such as modern slavery, online fraud & cybercrime and child sexual exploitation, for example, are priority areas for the force because they are where we find some of the most serious criminality and where we protect some of our most vulnerable people.
“These areas are not included in the figures, but we will continue to police based on risk, threat and vulnerability, not on limited metrics such as these.”
Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Derbyshire appears to be bucking the trend with such a slight increase in recorded crime, confirming my view that this remains one of the safest counties served by a top performing force.
“However, the trends in crime are clearly changing which these figures don’t really illustrate.
“We must look at the whole picture and address new and emerging crimes such as modern slavery, child sexual exploitation and online fraud.
“These are resource intensive issues and while I understand that the public want to see more officers on the streets, this type of crime often can’t be tackled in that way.
“One of the biggest problems is that a lot of demand on police time is not crime-related, in fact 80% of calls for assistance are related to mental health issues, antisocial behaviour and quality of life issues.
“Police are often the emergency service of last resort because they are a 24/7 operation.
“It’s, therefore, essential that we bring partners from all emergency services, public social care and health services together to find a practical solution to these issues.
“If we could just halve the amount of time spent on non-crime issues, we’d be able to put far more officers on the street and have many more detectives investigating crime.”
Download the full overview statistics for 2017/18, including the figures for the key crime types, from the attachments section of this site.