Agenda and minutes

Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel - Thursday, 2 November 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Matlock. View directions

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Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest (if any)


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To confirm the non-exempt minutes of the meeting of the Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel held on 28 September 2023.


The minutes of the meeting held on 28 September. 2023 were confirmed as a correct record.



Member Question and Answer Session


Councillor Wright asked for feedback on any community tensions in Derby and Derbyshire with regard to the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict?


The Commissioner responded by saying that she was in contact with the Chief Constable on a regular basis about this issue and that Police Forces across the country were on high alert. There had been protests in Derby within the last week with more expected. There had been increased activity from the force in Derby City with conversations taking place in communities with both council and community leaders and whilst there was a right to protest and express opinions peacefully swift action would be taken as necessary in the event of any escalation in these protests. All local leaders had an important role to play in reassuring the public.


Councillor Wright mentioned that there was a Derby City Council Licensing Committee taking place shortly to discuss a 12 week consultation on the proposed provision of CCTV in Taxis. He asked the PCC for her comments on this matter as last time the matter was considered, there was insufficient evidence for CCTV to be provided.


The PCC responded by saying she believed that the provision of CCTV in taxis was crucial for both the drivers and the users. The Department for Transport advised that CCTV should be provided in all taxis to protect all passengers using taxis.


CCTV in taxis had been successfully introduced in NE Derbyshire and the PCC had written to all Councils in Derbyshire with her views on this matter.


Councillor Davies referred to the recent flooding in Chesterfield which had led to the tragic death of an elderly lady and given the increasing likelihood of severe wet weather events in the future he would welcome an assessment of how the Police had supported the situation in terms of what went well and what didn’t ?


There had also been reports of looting during the flooding and a comment would be appreciated on how that had been responded to.


The Commissioner responded by acknowledging the tragic circumstances of the elderly resident death. She had asked the questions of the Force and they had also referred themselves to the IOPC.


There was always assessments by the Police after such events about what went well and what didn’t and whilst a lot of communities had been positive about how the police helped there was always room for improvement.


Any form of looting was very distressing and it would be dealt with appropriately like any other recorded crime with attendance by the police to those affected.


Councillor Gillott commented that there had been a lot of publicity recently, regarding the pressures on Local Authority finances but there had been little in the media regarding Police budgets and he wondered how this was impacting on Policing in the County ?


The PCC replied by saying that inflation would inevitably impact on the cost of policing and whilst there were no immediate pressures this financial year, preparations were being made very carefully for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41/23


Review of the Police and Crime Plan 2021-2025 pdf icon PDF 8 MB


The Police and Crime Commissioner informed the Panel of a proposed amendment to the Police and Crime Plan for Derbyshire 2021-25.


The Commissioner had a duty under section 9(a) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act  2011 (PRSRA) to keep the police and crime plan under review.


Pursuant to the above duty, the Commissioner is seeking to vary the Police and Crime Plan by updating the Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR), following a national review which was conducted in February 2023.


The Commissioner had consulted with the Chief Constable regarding the proposed variation and the Chief Constable agreed.


The Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) was first issued in July 2012, in accordance with section 77 of the PRSRA 2011.


The SPR sets out the Home Secretary's view of what the current national threats are, and the national policing capabilities needed to counter those threats.


The latest review of the SPR, conducted in February 2023, introduced violence against women and girls as an additional national threat, and reaffirms the validity of the existing six threats, which are currently published in the Commissioner’s plan.


Following the national review, to ensure the Police and Crime Plan remains fit for purpose, the SPR national threats will be updated to reflect the addition of violence against women and girls.


A revised version of the plan was appended to the report.


RESOLVED to note the changes as detailed in the PCC’s report.




Announcements from the PCC


The Commissioner made reference to the following:


The Violence Reduction Unit was now up and running with staff recruited into roles and Remedi had been commissioned to go into schools to raise awareness amongst young people with the aim of reducing violence.


In terms of Rural Crime an extra £15k of funding had been provided towards a property marking initiative, with over £1m pounds worth of property having being marked.


The new partnership against Rural Crime had met for the first time with partners coming together to work on an Action Plan and the creation of a Derbyshire Hub to reduce rural crime which it was hoped could be delivered quite quickly.


Funding had now also been confirmed for areas across the County that had been disproportionately affected by certain crimes.


A Business Action day had taken place where there had been conversations with shop owners in Derby City  abut tackling crime with specific emphasis on shop lifting.



Forthcoming Events

To hear an oral update on forthcoming events (if any)


The Commissioner made reference to the following:


The next Performance Scrutiny meeting would take place on 8 November 2023  and would focus on Violence against Women and Girls


A date of 15 December had been arranged for Panel Members to visit the Police and Fire Headquarters at Ripley and to the OPCC and also use the opportunity to discuss Budget Setting etc following the success of last year’s visit.



Date of Next Meeting - 25 January 2024


To note the date of the next meeting.