Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has praised the efforts of City Centre police officers and safety partners for keeping Derby’s revellers safe.
The Commissioner joined Chief Constable Peter Goodman on a late-night walkabout in the city to see first-hand the demands faced by emergency workers when protecting the night-time economy.
During the visit, the Chief and PCC met volunteers from the city’s Street Pastors and Taxi Marshalls schemes who play an invaluable role in safeguarding vulnerable people, delivering conflict resolution, drug and alcohol awareness and signposting people to help and support services.
Richard Wormsley is the Street Pastor Co-ordinator and Head of NTE & Schools Development from Derby City Mission. He said: “As Street Pastors, our role for the last 11 years has been one of listening, caring and helping for people who have set out for a good night out but find themselves in a vulnerable or difficult situation.
“This is a true team effort which demonstrates the collaborative partnership between ourselves, as representatives of the church in Derby, the Police, Derby City Council and the venue management. This frees up the police, door staff and taxi marshals to undertake their primary roles. We really appreciate the support we get from all of the partners involved in trying to ensure that the people of Derby have an enjoyable and safe night out in the city centre.”
Mr Dhindsa added: “It was reassuring to see how well, and considerately, our officers and partners responded to the pressures of the night-time economy from addressing immediate issues of crime and antisocial behaviour, protecting vulnerable people and working with health and community partners to prevent short and long-term harm.
“A well-managed night-time economy has huge benefits for the economy and for the vitality of a city, and both the Chief Constable and I had the opportunity of seeing how the various teams work together in some highly-testing situations.
“I would like to thank all those who took part in this visit, which has helped me to understand how we can continue to make a difference.”
Chief Constable Peter Goodman added: “This showed the power of partnership working. We saw so many professionals working together seamlessly for the benefit of the people of Derby. As Team Derbyshire we are achieving better outcomes for people and I’m sure that there is more that we can do together.”
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Posted on Monday 17th February 2020