Police boss ‘very proud’ of force

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Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has hailed the ability of the Derbyshire Police to maintain and improve services in an era of ‘unprecedented financial challenges’.

In his annual report, which covers the period from April 1, 2014, to the end of March this year, Alan Charles said the force had made ‘significant progress’ against the ‘ambitious objectives’ set out in his Police and Crime Plan. He said its ability to maintain this, however, would be further tested by having to find an additional £27million in savings over the next five years.

Mr Charles said: “I’m very proud of the progress made in 2014 to 2015 despite the ongoing funding pressures that regrettably governs all of our decision-making.

“With limited resources, the emphasis remains on finding new and more effective ways of working to make every penny count and it is now obvious how critical partnership relationships have become in achieving this.”

The report says the force is good at reducing crime, preventing and investigating offending and tackling anti-social behaviour.

It also says the force has ‘outstanding’ arrangements in place to deal with complaints against the police.