Derbyshire’s newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa will get straight down to business next week as he takes his first formal meeting in post.
The former Deputy PCC will lead the meeting of the Strategic Governance Board at Force HQ on Monday 23 May.
The event will offer members of the public their first opportunity to quiz the new PCC who has pledged to listen to residents’ views and act on their concerns.
“Throughout my campaign, I reiterated how important it is for PCCs to understand the problems which affect their communities and to do this properly it means listening to what people say,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“Prioritising local problems will help us to create the kind of environment we all wish to live in and in which our children can grow up in but firstly we need to pinpoint what those issues are and work together to address them.
“I’m committed to visiting every corner of our county to find out what issues matter to local people. I would urge anyone interested in making a difference to share their views and ideas for Derbyshire – and we will listen.”
Each meeting starts with a 30-minute public question time, which sees the Commissioner or other SGB members answering questions on policing in Derbyshire. Questions can be tweeted, emailed or asked in person.
Also on the agenda is a 12-month performance report which shows the Force continues to record lower crime rates per 1,000 population than many other areas of the country.
Figures will show that for the 12 months to the end of December 2015, Derbyshire’s crime rate per 1,000 population was 50.8 crimes per 1,000 population compared to the England and Wales rate of 66.5 crimes while the East Midlands rate was recorded at 58 crimes. This places Derbyshire seventh out of 42 forces in terms of lowest crime rates.
During the same period, Derbyshire recorded 11.6 crimes per 1,000 population of Violence Against the Person, compared to the England and Wales rate of 16.4 crimes – placing the Force in sixth place out of 42 forces for lowest crime rates.
The report will reveal that recorded crime has shown a slight increase in recent months however much of this can be explained by large rises in recorded violence and sexual offences which are significantly under-reported.
Meanwhile, Antisocial Behaviour is continuing to fall in every local authority area across the county, overall recorded theft incidents have remained static and the number of reported Domestic Abuse offences continues to rise which has been attributed to increased confidence among victims.
The public’s questions will be heard from 2pm at Police Headquarters in Butterley Hall, Ripley, but if the session is shorter than 30 minutes the business part of the meeting will begin early.
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.
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Posted on Wednesday 18th May 2016