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Derbyshire Police hits back at report suggesting victims are being asked to tackle crime

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 05, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

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A REPORT suggesting that victims of crime are being asked to conduct their own investigations has been criticised by police.

Derbyshire Constabulary says that while the findings outlined by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary highlights a number of areas where the force is performing well, it believes that it does not take into account the issues faced by officers in different areas.

The report suggested that in some incidents victims were being asked to check CCTV footage and fingerprints themselves while also interview neighbours and potential eyewitnesses. It also said that in some forces, crimes such as those involving criminal damage and motor vehicles were 'on the verge of being decriminalised'.

However, Derbyshire Police says that the report indicates 'an implied criticism and some form of postcode lottery' with regards to the level of service that is being offered to members of the public from force to force, adding that it does not agree with the findings published by HMIC.

A police spokesman says that officers in Derbyshire are continuing to provide the best level of care it can, despite a reduction in the funding it receives.

The spokesman said: "All forces, towns, cities and villages are different. Crime and criminality is increasingly complex, but across the country police forces seek to do the very best they can from increasingly limited and reducing funding and resources.

"Here in Derbyshire, victims of crime and those who call on us for a range of non-crime related issues, receive an excellent service tailored to their individual needs."

Derbyshire Police added that it has recently received a significant amount of positive feedback from members of the public.

The spokesman continued: "In Derbyshire and nationally levels of confidence and satisfaction are at almost unprecedented high levels. We believe the public understand the pressures we face and the effort staff put into supporting communities every day of the year.

"We will continue to work hard to provide the best service possible to residents and visitors to Derbyshire."

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