A FILM featuring Derbyshire police officers and staff showing how crimes are investigated from start to finish has been launched on a government website.
The film, which shows how a burglary is processed through the criminal justice system, was recently launched on the Home Office police.uk site.
Viewers hear from a police constable, a crime scene investigator and a detective inspector from the burglary unit all describing their role in the investigation.
Those roles were filled by Derbyshire Constabulary’s PC Gavin Hooton, CSI Graham Stewart and DI Darren De’Ath.
Call handlers, forensic analysts and dog handlers were also involved in the film which shows how a crime is dealt with from the first call through to a suspect being charged.
It was filmed over two days in January at the force HQ and other locations across the county.
The interactive film shows members of the public the lengths police go to when investigating a reported crime.
It also highlights the importance of witnesses to a case and lets the public know what they can expect under the Victims’ Code.
Policing Minister Damian Green said: “This film provides an easy-to-access way for the public to see how crimes affecting local communities are dealt with.
“Police.uk is an integral part of this government’s reforms to make the police more accountable to the communities they serve.
“The popularity of the site, which has almost half a million visits a month, underlines that three years on it remains a great place for enabling the public to find out crime levels in their area.
“They can also see what action the police are taking doing to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.”
The website www.police.uk celebrates its third anniversary this month.
Since the site was launched with street level crime data three years ago, more than 60 million people have visited the site.
It was launched in 2011 as part of the government’s drive on transparency, enabling the public, for the first time, to see crime levels in their area and to see what action the police and criminal justice agencies are doing to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
Further information is available online at www.police.uk.
The information video can be accessed on www.police.uk/information-and-advice/court-service/in-action/ or www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5dLiNl2aZY