As you head out and about this weekend, you will see officers, and partners, out and about keeping you safe.
In the lead up to the festive season, teams have been working together to ensure everyone can enjoy the Christmas spirit and return home safely at the end of the night.
Just some of the things that have been ongoing are:
Officers and Street Pastors available on nights out for support and advice. Handing out a number of useful items, such as drinks covers and emergency phone chargers – if you find yourself in need, ask an officer or Street Pastor.
Training for bars and pubs on spotting people who need help and preventing unsafe situations
Training for taxi drivers
Additional officers on duty for busy nights out.
Working with the Students’ Union on ways to get home safely.
Sergeant Daniel Handley-Farrell from Derbyshire Constabulary said: “We want everyone to enjoy the festive season as fully, but of course as safely, as possible.
“Many of you, we’re sure, will be enjoying a drink or two with colleagues or friends. There are lots of safe ways of getting home, and the council taxis in particular have been trained on keeping people safe, so we’d definitely advise planning how you’re going to get home before you arrive in town.
“Officers and Street Pastors will also be out to help should you need it, and they will be able to advise on a number of things, including getting home, and also offer support.
“Derbyshire has lots of great places for Christmas parties and celebrations, and we hope people do feel safe. However, if you find yourself in a position where you feel vulnerable, there will be people to help.”
Derbyshire Constabulary and partners are also encouraging feedback from people around the county on areas they feel, or have felt, unsafe in. This could be due to behaviours such as being followed, or environmental issues, such as street lighting.