Countdown to police changes

The final phase of work is about to begin to transfer governance of policing in Derbyshire to a directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Derbyshire Police Authority’s final Annual General Meeting saw Cllr Philip Hickson unanimously voted in as chairman for a third time.

The authority aims to maintain its challenging approach to the constabulary right up to the elections, in order to sustain performance levels at a time of financial pressure, while concurrently putting in place an effective structure to support the PCC, ready to go and fit for purpose from November 22.

Members said Cllr Hickson’s experience and in-depth knowledge of policing in the county would prove invaluable. After the meeting Cllr Hickson said he was grateful for the confidence members had placed in him.

He added: “Despite the fact that we will shortly be replaced by the Police and Crime Commissioner, it is important that we remain focused on our key priority – to keep people safe.

“The Authority has been the driving force behind many policing improvements over the years and I want to see us continue to work constructively with the constabulary over our final months to ensure that when we hand over the governance reins we do so secure in the knowledge that the organisation is performing at optimum levels.

“The tough economic climate remains a challenge and we need to build appropriate platforms for the future that will enable the force to continue to reduce crime and keep people safe.”

Cllr Hickson and Vice-Chair Cllr Alan Charles were re-elected to their positions unopposed.