Got a question to ask about policing in Derbyshire? But can’t get to the half-hour ‘question and answer’ session that precedes the business part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Strategic Governance Board meeting? Relax…you can tweet or email your Qs from wherever you are.
The SGB meeting will be at Police HQ at Butterley Hall, Ripley, on Monday (22 February) at 2pm. Whether you put your questions in person or over the ether, Commissioner Alan Charles and the Board members will answer them there and then or respond with the information required shortly afterwards.
“This is a monthly meeting that provides the ideal opportunity for Derbyshire people to ask questions about policing in their neighbourhoods or about issues that affect the whole of the county,” the Commissioner pointed out.
Performance and finance reports will be among those presented during the meeting. Reports to be delivered by Chief Constable Mick Creedon will include one on hate crime. This shows that recorded hate crimes increased by nearly 14% in the year up to the end of November compared with the same period of the previous year but detection rates fell slightly. Racial hate crimes continue to account for more than 80% of all offences recorded.
The Chief Constable points out that, against a back-drop of under-reporting, it is “reassuring” to see the increase in the number of hate crimes recorded. However, the key challenge for the force is to see an increase in reporting of disability and transgender hate crimes where under-reporting is believed to be greater. The force is working together with partners to develop relationships that will encourage reporting.
- 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). If the Q & A session is shorter than 30 minutes, the business part of the meeting will begin early. Once the Q & A session is over, members of the public are welcome to observe the rest of the meeting but may not take part in it.
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Posted on Wednesday 17th February 2016