At Christmastime our hopes for the festivities and the New Year so often turn to peace, health and happiness.
Three simple wishes but very important to everyone.
That’s why, as 2013 approaches, I am resolved to do all I can to further reduce crime in Derbyshire. Where crime occurs, peace, health and happiness are almost invariably put in jeopardy.
So, as one year ends and another begins, I continue to go about learning from our communities around the county about what needs to be done to achieve a safer Derbyshire. By sharing your experiences with me I will be better equipped to make your voices heard as our police and partners work together to tackle crime.
Since being elected as your Police and Crime Commissioner I have seen time and again that we all need to work together to continue to keep Derbyshire safe. In 2013, I shall keep to the pledges I made in my manifesto. They include standing up and speaking out for vulnerable people, and working hard to ensure that community policing retains its central role in protecting Derbyshire people from all categories of crime and social nuisance.
As we begin the festivities, my thoughts also go to those in poorer communities than ours. As in previous years I have therefore decided to make a donation to a charity rather than send Christmas cards.
I have supported The Mamelodi Trust, an educational charity for several years. Started by Steve and Mary Bacon, a former Education Adviser at Derbyshire County Council and deputy head teacher, it has provided buildings, books and teachers to an extremely deprived area of South Africa, relying entirely on donations for its work. If you would like to know more about the Trust click this link. http://www.mameloditrust.org.uk/
Finally, I wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday.
Posted on Monday 17th December 2012