Community partners praised by police

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Derbyshire Constabulary has paid tribute to the efforts of community, voluntary groups and partners in the wake of disorder across the country last week.

A high visibility police presence was maintained in key areas in Derbyshire in response to the unrest and disorder in towns and cities in England.

Derbyshire did not experience the level of incidents witnessed in other areas, but there were a small number of incidents of criminal damage, arson and anti-social behaviour during the week.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “One of the key factors of keeping disorder to a minimum last week was early intervention and dealing with emerging issues on the streets in a robust way.

“We would not have been able to achieve that if it wasn’t for the support we had on the ground from the community itself, but also the many voluntary groups, youth workers and partners such as the other emergency services and local authorities.

“We had a terrific response from people and their ability to get out in key areas and engage with groups of young people has been invaluable. We have linked in directly through our Safer Neighbourhood teams providing support.

“Many people involved in that sort of work aren’t being paid for it and are doing it for the good of their community.”

A total of eight arrests were made in connection with two incidents. These were disorder at Derby where a number of cars were damaged in Allenton and Alvaston, and the arrests of three people in connection with a conspiracy to commit violent disorder in the Chesterfield area.

A further 18 arrests were made during the course of last week by officers engaged in proactive patrols as part of Derbyshire’s response to the disorder. These were all for public order offences.

Officers conducted 116 stop-searches and 114 people were issued with section 27 dispersal orders.

Groups involved in community patrols in the Derby area included the street pastors, youth group Enthusiasm, the Men of Black Ancestry community group and Citizens and Councillors on Patrol (COPS) in Alvaston.

ACC Collins added: “It has been a challenging period for policing as a whole and people should be reassured that we are not complacent and will not be taking our attention off the situation.”