Our first Force Management Statement is designed to indicate the complex work being undertaken by officers and staff of Derbyshire Constabulary.

The writing of this Force Management Statement has highlighted potential organisational risks that we will consider when planning for the future. It also identifies initiatives taken to provide some mitigation to those risks.

Derbyshire Constabulary faces the issue of fully understanding demand. The complexities and unpredictable nature of people and crime make it very difficult to have confidence in predictions beyond the next 24 months. The rapid development of technology can see things change very quickly and we need to continually look ahead and scan the horizon, to anticipate emerging issues and continue to uncover and tackle new risks.

Threats and risks

New and emerging threats within our public protection arena is anticipated to be one of our biggest risks in terms of resourcing this growing issue. Our ‘Reshaping for the Future’ programme is underway to help identify opportunities to redistribute resources to these areas of potential risk.

Funding continues to be a threat to our ability to match resources and skills to demand. As policing and other public service budgets have been cut, a greater reliance is placed upon our resources to cover gaps in services and develop new skills to support the most vulnerable people within our communities. We will continue to work hard to maintain and develop strong working partnerships to mitigate this risk.

Business planning

This document will be used to form part of the business planning cycle of the organisation. The operational and organisational risks, highlighted within this Force Management Statement, will be considered and prioritised through our annual risk seminar and business planning seminar, to ensure that we meet the aims and objectives of PCC’s police and crime plan.

Please note that some of the material contained within the original document is, by its nature, subject to the following exemptions as permitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

  • Section 23(10) - Information supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies
  • Section 24(1) - National Security
  • Section 31(a)(b) - Law Enforcement

That said, data identified as requiring these exemptions has been kept to an absolute minimum in order to promote transparency and accountability. The rationale for these exemptions being supplied can be viewed in the FOI Response document (see below).