The latest report into Derbyshire Constabulary, by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), has been welcomed by the Chief Constable Mick Creedon and Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.
The report examines the efficiency of the force and focusses on three areas which have all received a ‘good’ rating.
HMIC found that the force had a good understanding of the demands on its services; a good policing structure with locally recognised neighbourhood policing teams to provide local services; has made all the savings needed up to 2014/15 and has plans to achieve future necessary savings.
Mr Creedon said: “I’m delighted that the HMIC recognises that we’re a good force. We’re used to being efficient as we have always been under-funded compared to almost all other police forces.
“The austerity measures that we face are difficult and we have so far lost hundreds of police officers and police staff members with the potential for an even greater reduction in numbers. Having said that, I’m pleased that the ongoing Home Office funding review recognises Derbyshire’s position and plans to increase the amount of central grant provided to the force. I hope that ministers stand by the review and implement the changes as soon as possible.
“I’d like to thank our very many partners within the city and county who help us make Derby and Derbyshire such a great place. Through integrated working and linking into local communities we manage to keep residents and visitors safe.”
PCC Alan Charles said: “Under extremely difficult circumstances, brought about by the persistent funding cuts imposed by the Government, Derbyshire Constabulary has done extremely well in using its dwindling resources to deliver the very best value for money possible for the people of Derbyshire.”
The report highlights the fact that Derbyshire has a higher than average percentage of frontline officers and intends to maintain that figure of 93 per cent until at least 2018; has a lower cost for police officers and staff than the national average and has seen a larger reduction in crime than the average.
Posted on Tuesday 20th October 2015