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Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Hardyal Singh Dhindsa

As Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire I’m proud of its reputation as one of the safest places to live, work or visit.

When I took office in 2016 the force was struggling as it faced relentless cuts in Government funding. It had lost 700 police officers, PCSOs and vital police staff.

Having lobbied the Government for more funding, there are now 250 additional officers and I have put in place plans for a further 200 by 2023. This means more officers on our streets, tackling the problems that local people have told me matter most to them.

Crime is reducing.  I’m putting new police bases in the heart of your communities.  I’ve prioritised police visibility, road safety, anti-social behaviour and support for victims of crime.

Rural communities are now benefitting from one of the largest rural and wildlife crime teams in the country.

It’s my ambition to do more.  To continue to tackle serious violence, knife crime, exploitation, domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime and the protection of those at risk of harm.

I want to build on the work to stop the problems affecting the quality of life in communities, such as theft, drugs, burglary, speeding and anti-social behaviour.

It’s been my privilege to call Derbyshire my home for over 50 years. I will do everything in my power to keep this county safe and why I will ensure the government keeps to its funding pledges.

I have over 30 years’ experience of working in the criminal justice field and five years as your PCC. I’ve proved I deliver. With your support we will continue to make a difference.

This statement was prepared by Michael J Yates, 1 Wood Lane, Shirebrook, Derbyshire. NG20 8BU.

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