Rural crime was top of the agenda as Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa celebrated the 100th visit of his tour of Derbyshire at one of the county’s best-loved tourist centres.
Mr Dhindsa was at Castleton Visitor Centre in Hope Valley today (17 August) to meet representatives from the Peak Park Authority, Derbyshire Dales District Council and High Peak Borough Council as well as local PCSO Steve Rogers, as part of his #D383 tour which sees him visiting every town and village in the county.
The visit to Castleton, one of the top attractions in the Peak District National Park, marked the Commissioner’s 100th location.
Mr Dhindsa has pledged to do more to protect rural communities from crime and chose the visit to raise awareness of the work taking place to keep local people and livelihoods safe.
He recently re-launched the popular Derbyshire Alert messaging service to warn residents of live crime threats and also unveiled the county’s first dedicated Rural Crime Team to focus on crime and antisocial behaviour in the countryside.
“Castleton Visitor Centre is a hub for so many exciting activities and tourist attractions to be found in the High Peak area and this particular visit was extra special, marking my 100th stop of the tour,” said Mr Dhindsa. “It’s important that we all help to protect it.
“A lot of work is already underway to ensure our natural heritage is safeguarded for generations to come and much of this relies on our ability to work closely with partners and share information and resources. There’s still more to do, however, and we’re always keen to explore new ways to reduce feelings of vulnerability in isolated areas of our county.
“We also want to promote the importance of local people and tourists helping to solve crime by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the police and this is a message we will continue to raise.”
During his visit, Mr Dhindsa met Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the Peak Park Authority, Dorcus Bunton, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Dales District Council and Simon Baker, Chief Executive of High Peak District Council.
If you have a community event, residents meeting, forum, community group (business, religious, educational) in your area which represents local people, and you would like the opportunity to engage with the Commissioner, please visit the #D383 web page at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Taking-Part/D383.aspx#ad-image-0.
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Posted on Thursday 17th August 2017