Violence mars crime rate fall

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Crime in Derbyshire has fallen for the eighth year running –but the county saw a four per cent rise in violent offences, figures published by the Home Office have revealed.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon has paid tribute to the hard work of officers and staff in achieving a reduction.

He said it was important to recognise the numerous partner agencies that make a huge contribution.

“Perhaps most important is the work done by local communities which suffer from crime but can often make the longest- lasting difference by standing up and challenging unacceptable behaviour,” he said.

The number of crimes dropped from 68,005 in 2009/10 to 65,884 in 2010/11.

Mr Creedon said he was conscious that violent crime was the one area going in the wrong direction: “It is something I am very aware of and we have a detailed plan on how to tackle it.

“Much of it is alcohol-related but nevertheless it is an area we have work to do in. I am pleased to see that in the first three months of this year that we are seeing the tide beginning to turn.”

Philip Hickson, Chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “These results are very impressive, particularly when considered against a backdrop of funding cuts and organisational change.

“Eight consecutive years of crime reduction shows that there has been no let-up when it comes to police performance and our commitment to keep Derbyshire people safe.”

Derbyshire’s detection rate was 25.4 per cent.

However that does not include Restorative Justice resolutions where the case does not go through the court system but is resolved in line with the victims’ wishes with some form of apology, reparation or compensation. Restorative Justice disposals increased from 4,378 to 5,392..