County’s police are among UK’s top cops

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Chief Constable Mick Creedon and Alan Hudson
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The county’s police have been recognised as a force to be reckoned with after being ranked one of the best in the country following a report.

The latest report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) into police effectiveness found Derbyshire Constabulary to be ‘good’ in three key areas and ‘outstanding in another.

The report graded the force’s effectiveness as ‘good’ in -

n Preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe

n Investigating crime and reducing re-offending

n Protecting the vulnerable and supporting victims

The force was rated ‘outstanding’ at tackling serious and organised crime.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “It’s excellent that after years of cuts and austerity and a reduction of 700 officers and staff that our external inspectors have rated us in this way.

“We were rated as one of only two forces to be ‘outstanding’ in the HMIC legitimacy report in December and this reflects brilliantly on all our staff and officers. We value the HMIC’s objective scrutiny of the force.

“We are very cCounlear on our commitment to try and provide an excellent policing service to everyone in Derbyshire. We know how complex the demands have become on us with a range of new challenges like modern slavery and child sexual exploitation but as we continually change what we do, serving and protecting the public is at the heart of everything.”

The report stated: “Derbyshire Constabulary is good at preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe. It understands its communities well and the threats they face.

“Neighbourhood staff are responsive to the things that matter to their local communities.”