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Final meeting of police authority

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

By Gareth Butterfield

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MEMBERS of an organisation that will be handing over the reigns to Derbyshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner have met for the last time.

Derbyshire Police Authority, which is being replaced by the new PCC role this month, says it will be handing over a “legacy to be proud of”.

At the authority’s last meeting on Thursday, Chair Philip Hickson said: “Our members and officers have worked tirelessly with the police, our partners and the public to help create a safer Derbyshire.

“The success of their commitment is reflected in the crime figures of the last nine years.

“We are now heading for nearly a decade of reducing crime, with 41,000 fewer victims since 2003. That is a fantastic legacy, and one to be proud of.” The Authority relinquishes its governing role on November 22 — the day the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), due to be elected tomorrow, takes up office.

Remarking on glowing statistics from surveys in the force area, Mr Hickson added: “Not only will the Commissioner inherit a robust approach to delivering value for money and efficiency savings, he will also take over the governance of a quality, high performing police force.” The force says months of work have gone into preparing the handover to the Commissioner and a report including all the key decisions and actions has been collated and will be handed over.

Mr Hickson said: “We have done everything we can to ensure that the Commissioner has what he needs to carry on improving safety in Derbyshire.”

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