The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has announced that funding for police in Derbyshire will be boosted by up to £10.9 million in 2022–23, a part of the Government’s Beating Crime Plan to make our streets safer.
The announcement comes as police forces across the country are set to receive a 7 per cent increase in funding in 2022–23, bringing the total spending to £16.9 billion.
This boost will see Police & Crime Commissioners given an additional £796 million to use according to local needs. Funding for counter-terrorism policing has also passed £1 billion for the first time.
Recent figures show that the Government’s Beating Crime Plan is already having a significant impact. Over 1,500 county drug lines have been closed since 2019, with over 7,400 arrests and £4.3 million worth of drugs seized. Nearly 16,000 knives and dangerous weapons have also been confiscated, while 300,000 at-risk young people have been supported through Violence Reduction Units.
This news follows the announcement by local MP Robert Largan of his latest Community Policing Forum. The online forum is open to all Buxton residents, and will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday 27 January 2022.
Similar forums have already been held for residents in Fairfield, Hadfield, and Chinley.
The number of participants is limited to 300, and residents must register to attend online at robertlargan.co.uk/buxtonforum.
During online registration, residents can also submit a question that they’d like to ask the police representatives.
Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, commented:
“High Peak is a great place to live and work. There’s a strong community spirit here, and people are rightly proud to call it home.
“However, I know that many are concerned about crime, following several recent incidents.
“From working closely with Derbyshire Constabulary, I know just how valuable this extra funding is in helping the police to crack down on crime and make our streets safer.
“I’m also grateful to Derbyshire Constabulary for agreeing once again to take part in my Community Policing Forum, and for all the hard work they do to keep us safe.
“Following the success of my previous Community Policing Forums, I hope that this meeting will enable residents in Buxton to engage with the police, to the benefit of everyone.”
Home Secretary, Priti Patel, commented:
“Crimes including theft, burglary and knife crime are down, we’ve got an additional 11,053 police officers on our streets, and we’ve shut down 1,500 drugs lines which exploit the young and the vulnerable.
“But we must go further and faster to make our communities even safer, so today I am giving our excellent police forces and law enforcement agencies more funding to do just that, in line with our Beating Crime Plan.
“Reducing crime is a top priority for the Government, and I will continue working with police leaders to ensure this unprecedented investment results in less crime and fewer victims.”