County crime is still falling

DERBYSHIRE Police Authority has welcomed the county’s continuing fall in overall crime.

It’s Chairman Philip Hickson said: “It is most gratifying to see that the police and authority’s commitment to bringing down crime in our county is paying off.

“Last year we were placed in the top four performing forces in the country in terms of reducing all crime. That is a great achievement, especially considering that our force receives less funding per head of population than many other forces.”

Statistics released at the end of September by Derbyshire Police Authority revealed a 20 per cent reduction in total recorded crime from April to August this year.

Latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales for the year ending June 2012 show a six per cent decrease in overall crime against adults compared with the previous year.

The figures come as Police Authorities prepare to hand over to Police and Crime Commissioners after the elections on November 15.