Coming up next Monday (9 November) is the chance for members of the public to ask questions about Derbyshire policing matters at the start of Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ public scrutiny meeting. The agenda includes updates on wildlife crime and anti-social behaviour.
The public can ask questions in person, tweet or email them. (see below for details).
Reports to be presented to the meeting include updates from Chief Constable Mick Creedon on wildlife and environmental crime and the spread of incidents across the Divisions in rural and in more urban areas.
He will update the meeting on how Derbyshire Constabulary is making progress towards reducing wildlife crime and cruelty to animals. This progress includes a rise in wildlife-trained officers to 36, who are also supported by specially trained scene of crime officers, a high tech crime officer, a dog handler and officers from the Operational Support Department.
Over the past 10 months, there have been 295 reported wildlife incidents across Derbyshire. These included the persecution of badgers (61 cases), bats (11), poaching (100) and raptor (13). To raise awareness of wildlife crime, Derbyshire Constabulary now has a Twitter wildlife account.
Chief Executive David Peet will deliver reports from partners on wildlife crime and cruelty to animals that include the persecution of wild birds – especially birds of prey – and badgers.
Illegal killing of birds of prey through shooting, trapping, poisoning and nest destruction is the area of wildlife crime of most concern to the RSPB. In some areas, such as the Dark Peak on the Derbyshire/South Yorkshire border, populations of some birds of prey have undergone a catastrophic decline which is believed to be largely due to criminal activity.
In Derwentdale, the goshawk population has declined from a peak of seven pairs each year in 1997–2001 and is now close to extinction. A similar story of decline is seen with the peregrine across the Dark Peak where formerly healthy breeding populations have now collapsed. Similar trends are now being seen in other bird of prey species.
The hen harrier is a bird of prey which, as a result of sustained human persecution over many years, is now on the verge of extinction as a breeding species in England. Hen harriers have attempted to breed several times on moorland in Derbyshire and adjacent counties since 2000 but most nesting attempts have failed when one or both adult birds disappeared in unexplained circumstances.
The Chief Constable’s reports will also include updates on anti-social behaviour and community policing issues, and the HMIC PEEL inspection 2015.
- The ‘Question and Answer’ session will take up the first 30 minutes of the Strategic Governance Board meeting. It starts at 2pm at Police Headquarters in Butterley Hall, Ripley. Questions can be put either in person or via Twitter. Followers of @DerbysPCC and @DerbysPolice can tweet their questions either before, or during, the first half hour of the meeting by using #askSGB in the text of the question. Questions can also be submitted in advance via email, to the Chief Executive (David.Peet.16406@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK). Any question that cannot be answered by the Commissioner or SGB members at the time will receive a response shortly afterwards. If the ‘any questions’ session takes less than 30 minutes, the business of the meeting will begin early.
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Posted on Thursday 5th November 2015