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The force says...

Derbyshire is an economically, culturally and ethnically diverse county, with a population over 1 million where 8 percent are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The county ranges from the vibrant city of Derby to former mining communities and the moorland of the Peak District National Park that attracts 10 million visitors each year.

Derby is a manufacturing base for worldwide brands and a centre for technology and innovation that attracts higher education establishments increasing the local population with 35,000 students.

Policing is becoming more complex, with threats from fraud, paedophilia, cyber-crime, human trafficking, organised crime and terrorism. Protecting the vulnerable is a key aim and includes those suffering child sexual abuse and domestic abuse (17,894 domestic incidents in 2015/16).

To deliver the police and crime commissioner’s priorities and provide a high-quality policing service, the force works closely with partner agencies and collaborates with other regional forces. 2017 saw a newly-built joint training centre with the fire service that provides a more efficient and joined up service for our communities. We are committed to local policing through neighbourhood policing teams and strong community safety partnerships.

In 2016/17 the force dealt with 268,436 incidents resulting in 53,786 crimes – a 1.7 percent rise on the previous year, against a 11.0 percent rise nationally. Recorded crime in Derbyshire has reduced by nearly 50,000 offences since national crime recording standards were introduced.

In the last seven years, we have lost 364 police officer and 149 staff posts, employing 1,710 police officer posts and 1,395 staff. The force spends £160 per head of population, which is £40 below the national average. We continue to remain an efficient force and public confidence remains high, with nearly 73 percent stating they have confidence in Derbyshire Constabulary. Our commitment is simple: to provide a high-quality service to everyone in Derbyshire.

Disclaimer: the above statement has been prepared by Derbyshire Constabulary. The views and information in it are not necessarily those of HMICFRS.