Safer Together campaign is launched in Chesterfield

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On Thursday, April 11, our officers and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Hardyal Dhindsa, were in Chesterfield town centre to say hello to shoppers and showcase their work for the start of our Safer Together campaign.

We spoke to local residents, market-goers and visitors of all ages about the work we do, and shared an insight into some of our specialist teams.

The campaign marks the start of new investment in the force that will see 120 new posts created working to improve police presence in neighbourhoods, bolster investigations, improve road safety and provide greater support to vulnerable people, including those in mental health crisis.

The investment came after consultation with the public revealed they were willing to pay extra in council tax to fund an increase in police resources in neighbourhoods.

During the event, people had the chance to sit in one of our traffic cars, walk around at a mock crime scene and have their fingerprints taken, get a closer look at our drones and pick up advice on safety and cybercrime, while officers from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service gave youngsters the chance to sit in one of their engines and offered fire safety and prevention advice.

It was also an opportunity to meet with some of the partner organisations who work with us to keep our communities safe, including Neighbourhood Watch, Disability Direct and East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

Residents are also being encouraged to sign up to Derbyshire Alert to receive targeted information about crime, scams and crime prevention initiatives in their area.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson said: “Safer Together is focussed on the fact that over the past 10 years policing has seen considerable austerity and we’ve recognised the fact that we need to re-invest in our Safer Neighbourhood teams and engage with our public so that we can build confidence and a sense of pride and legitimacy when we work with the members of the public like we do.

“The investment doesn’t replace the levels of cuts that we have seen over the last decade but it does start to reintroduce some really important roles back into our policing service, this will be across the county and many of our Safer Neighbourhood teams will see an uplift, including Neighbourhood Investigation Officers who will be dedicated to dealing with neighbourhood crime.

“We are also investing in our roads policing resources, especially in the north of the county, drone unit, local policing units and in our detective teams to ensure we can bolster investigations across Derbyshire, improve our effectiveness and bring people to justice.”
The event in Chesterfield was the first of a series of opportunities throughout the summer for the residents of Derbyshire, as part of the initiative which aims to reach out and show how we are working as a partnership with other agencies, and investing into making Derbyshire safer.

Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire said:  “This marks the start of our journey to increase the frontline in Derbyshire. This year’s budget means that we will see 120 new additions to our team.  Safer Together is about all of us working with our partners to deliver a safer Derbyshire.”

Recruitment to the new roles is under way with posts all due to be in place by the end of July.
If you would like to sign up to Derbyshire Alert to receive free community safety alerts, crime information and messages from your local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, visit:

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