THE number of registered sex offenders in Derbyshire has risen to more than 900.
Sixty sex offenders from Derbyshire were added to the register over the last 12 months, the county’s police force has revealed.
There are now 100 registered sex offenders for every 100,000 people in the county.
The data came to light following the release of the force’s Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) annual report which aims to protect the public from dangerous offenders.
As well as the 908 sex offenders currently registered in the county, the force is also keeping tabs on 232 people considered to be violent or dangerous.
These are people who have committed assault, robbery, wounding or other serious offences.
MAPPA aims to rehabilitate violent criminals to reduce the risk of these offenders committing further crimes in the future.
Assistant Chief Constable Karl Smethe, chairman of MAPPA’s strategic management board at Derbyshire Police, said: “Safeguarding the public from violent and sexual crime continues to be of the highest priority for agencies across Derbyshire.
“Working together through Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) to manage offenders convicted of such crimes is vitally important.
“The crimes these offenders are responsible for greatly affect the lives of victims, their friends and families and can in turn cause fear in local communities.”
The offenders remain under the watchful eye of the various agencies, which attempt to help them turn their lives around.
Asst Chief Cons Smethe said the work that MAPPA does helps to both protect the public and stop violent offenders from committing these types of crime again was of vital importance.
He said “We recognise the public’s concern about people who may present a risk of causing significant harm and we believe that MAPPA provides the best possible framework for these people.
“While it is never possible to eliminate that risk entirely, MAPPA aims to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce the risk of further serious harm to the public.
“We take a tough approach to any increased risk that offenders may present, while working hard to rehabilitate them.”