Derbyshire’s Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, has welcomed the latest report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, into police effectiveness.
The report looks at four key areas of how effective the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
Mr Creedon said: “I’m delighted that the HMIC has recognised that we provide a good overall service to the local residents and visitors.
“I’m particularly pleased with the assessment of ‘outstanding’ in respect of our effectiveness in tackling serious and organised crime, and our arrangements for fulfilling our national policing responsibility.
“In the overall judgment the HMIC report highlights that we are good at keeping people safe and reducing crime; we work extremely well with others; the quality of our crime investigation is good and we work well to stop re-offending.”
The report says: “Derbyshire Constabulary is outstanding in the way it identifies and tackles serious and organised crime.
“The constabulary has a well-developed understanding of the threat posed by serious and organised crime. HMIC found that the constabulary has effective ways of working to deter people from committing serious and organised crime. These include working with young people and awareness-raising in schools.
“There is an effective multi-agency response to tackling serious and organised crime and the constabulary has a good working relationship with other forces in the region with access to an extensive range of specialist policing capabilities provided by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit. The constabulary communicates well with its communities, publicising successes and warning of the consequences of being involved in serious and organised crime.
“The constabulary's approach to tackling and disrupting serious and organised crime in collaboration with partner organisations has resulted in a number of successful operations that have improved the lives of those living in communities affected by organised crime.
“The necessary arrangements are in place to ensure that the constabulary can fulfil its national policing responsibilities. It regularly tests its ability to respond to national threats, including public order events and counter-terrorist incidents, by conducting unannounced tests of its mobilisation. It has also conducted extensive exercises to test inter-operability with fire and ambulance services.”
Mr Creedon added: “All members of the force, officers and police staff, work tirelessly to give the best possible service to the public and I’m pleased that their efforts have been acknowledged by HMIC.
“I’m also pleased that our work to tackle domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation is highlighted.”
The report also shows that Derbyshire has a lower crime rate than the national average, more people are charged than the national average and there is a higher than average community resolution rate. This has been praised by HMIC who states the use of these resolutions is appropriate and positive and that victims of crime are more likely to be satisfied by restorative justice than other outcomes.
The two areas for improvement highlighted by HMIC are being addressed. These are to improve the sharing of best practice between officers and with partner agencies and to improve training and support for officers investigating medium risk domestic violence allegations.
Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “The first line of the report sums up the position well: ‘Derbyshire Constabulary is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime’. It highlights once again that strong leadership, prudent financial management and a strategic approach to threat, risk and harm is delivering a robust police service for the people of Derbyshire.
“I was particularly pleased to see that HMIC recognized the work that has gone into tackling organised crime groups, finding the service ‘outstanding’, providing a ringing endorsement of the work carried out by the constabulary to keep our communities safe.”
Posted on Thursday 18th February 2016