Over two-thirds (67.2%) of people taking part in an Over to You consultation survey at the annual Derby Police Experience event agreed that Derbyshire Constabulary and the local council are dealing with the anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area.
Nearly one quarter (23%) neither agreed nor disagreed, and 9.8% disagreed.
Results just out also show that the top priorities for almost half (48%) of respondents are child abuse and child exploitation, with burglary chosen by nearly four out of 10 people (39%) and drug dealing and supply chosen by just over one-third (34%).
A quarter of those expressing an opinion in the questionnaire on 28 June thought that crime had decreased in the past 12 months, with over half (53.3%) thinking it had stayed the same and just over one-fifth (21.7%) thinking it had increased.
In fact, crime increased in Derby City by 5% in the 12 months ending March this year. Since that time, crime has gone down by 0.9%.
The views were given in 132 completed questionnaires at the event in Derby Market Place. Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “I am very grateful to those attending this very popular event for taking the time to complete our questionnaires and also to talk with me and members of my team.
“Feedback about policing from those who live and work in the area plays a hugely important role in helping me to make sure that my Police and Crime Plan reflects their needs and expectations.”
Planned as a family day out, the event focused on police and emergency services with the Constabulary showing their work in a number of areas such as roads policing, the police dog section and police cars, including some vintage models. The Interceptor Team and the Wildlife Crime team were also in attendance and Crime prevention advice was also available.
Over To You events are being held across the county over the next few months. The full results from all the surveys will be published in December.
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Posted on Monday 14th July 2014