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DERBYSHIRE has 99 more registered sexual offenders registered as dangerous to the public than last year, according to a new report.

The eleventh annual Multi-Agency Public Protection Report for 2010/11 was published last Thursday, highlighting the work undertaken through Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) to protect individuals and communities from the risks posed by dangerous offenders.

The report describes how the arrangements work and explains the steps that can be taken if a person is identified as being particularly dangerous.

It also gives details of how many convicted people in the county are registered sexual offenders, or have been currently identified as violent or potentially dangerous.

In 2011/12, a total of 1,090 dangerous offenders in Derbyshire were covered by MAPPA, an increase of 54 compared to last year.

Of those there were 848 registered sexual offenders, an increase of 99 compared to last year.

This amounts to 94 registered sexual offenders per 100,000 population compared to 83 offenders last year.

The remaining 242 are deemed as being violent or other dangerous offender categories. These people could have committed assault, robbery, wounding or other similar offences.

Derbyshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill, who chairs the MAPPA strategic management board, said: “We recognise the public’s concern about people who may present a risk of causing significant harm, and MAPPA arrangements are a proven and well-established process of managing the risk within communities.

“Although it is never possible to eliminate that risk entirely, MAPPA aims to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce the risk of further serious harm to the public.

“We take a tough approach to any increased risk offenders may present, while working hard to rehabilitate them.”