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Derbyshire Constabulary

Derbyshire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Derbyshire. The police force area covers 1,013 square miles in the east midlands of England. Although there are some areas of affluence, Derbyshire is generally poor. Around one million people live in a predominantly rural setting. Its numerous distinct urban areas include the city of Derby and the towns of Chesterfield and Matlock. The population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the county.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Derbyshire
  • HMIC region: The constabulary is in HMIC’s Eastern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Derbyshire Constabulary keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Derbyshire Constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Derbyshire Constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Derbyshire Constabulary is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Derbyshire Constabulary’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

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HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Derbyshire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.


Key facts

Force Area

1,013 square miles


1.03m people 5% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
3.1 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
10% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


45p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

The Derbyshire Police & Crime Plan sets out 6 objectives. Supporting victims of crime; working with partners; keeping people safe from crime and ASB, particularly the most vulnerable; making sure resources are where they need to be; continuous improvement in performance; and tackling drug & alcohol related crime and harm.

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The Plan is based on the threats and risks identified within Derbyshire and is informed by the priorities given by the public during the Commissioner’s public consultation work. As well as the 6 objectives there are further pledges to fight Government budget cuts; keeping support services within the public sector to benefit the people of Derbyshire; standing up for victims of domestic abuse and hate crime; working with partners to make the county’s roads safer; and tackling wildlife and rural crime including animal cruelty – all whilst ensuring residents get value for money from their local Police Force.

Derbyshire PCC

Hardyal Dhindsa

Derbyshire Constabulary

DBS-CC-Mick-Creedon-20141103Chief Constable Mick Creedon QPM, appointed in October 2007

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