Commissioner's action plan sets out how he will tackle criminals
DERBYSHIRE'S first-ever police and crime commissioner has published a draft plan on how he intends to tackle crime.
Alan Charles says his top five priority areas will be speeding, inconsiderate parking and traffic issues, drug-related crime, under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour.
He said the strategy had been shaped by his own manifesto pledges and views submitted by the public.
People now have until Wednesday next week to comment on the plan, which is available to view online.
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Mr Charles – who landed the £75,000-a-year role in November last year – said the plan would improve confidence and public satisfaction over the next four years.
He said: "This plan echoes the sentiments of my election manifesto and reiterates my commitment to fighting crime and provide a policing service that matches the expectations of those living and working in Derbyshire.
"As commissioner, my aim is to vocalise the concerns of the public at the highest level.
"This plan is not just my vision for a better future, it instead brings together the thoughts, concerns, views and experiences of everyone in Derbyshire who has an interest in making our streets safer – from local residents and businesses through to those organisations which help support offenders to break the cycle of their criminal activities.
"By looking at the whole picture and widening our approach to problem-solving, we aim to deliver permanent improvements.
"This doesn't just mean recording lower crime rates year on year but also developing better ways of supporting victims and those unfortunate enough to witness crime and making sure we meet the needs of our communities by promoting equality and forging a closer relationship."
A series of 10 events were staged across Derbyshire last year to ask people how crime was affecting their lives.
A total of 2,462 responses were received, which enabled Mr Charles, in consultation with Chief Constable Mick Creedon, to set local priorities.
Pledges made by Mr Charles in his election campaign, which are incorporated in the plan, include fighting further cuts to the county's policing budget, exploring ways of early intervention and ensuring local residents see value for money from the police.
The draft policing plan is available to view on the police and crime commissioner's website at www.derbyshire cc.gov.uk/Public-Information /Police-and-Crime-Plan.aspx.