Conference 2019: Lib Dems commit to turning offenders lives around

Conference 2019: Lib Dems commit to turning offenders lives around

Home Office, Police
Liberal Democrats have committed to turning the lives of offenders around with a series of rehabilitory measures to overhaul our criminal justice system. A motion passed this afternoon at the Conference in Brighton would improve access to secure housing, stable employment and protective measures specifically designed to support women. The party's Shadow Justice Secretary Christine Jardine said: “Our criminal justice system is in crisis. Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. Riots, drug use, suicide and extreme violence have all become far too common. Too many prisoners go on to reoffend, which means more people becoming victims of crime. “For decades, Labour and Conservative governments have sent far too many people to prison who shouldn’t be there. At the same time, they have failed to properly provide the services that help people…
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Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Community, Home Office, Police
Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Derbyshire Police by 6% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20. According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.  Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:“Across the country, we are seeing rising crime and falling police. Far too many people now feel unsafe walking down their own streets.“Taking 5,000 police off our streets in the last four years and cutting funding in real-terms by £490 million from 2015-16 to 2019-20 are big Tory crimes." Liberal Democrat Group Leader for North East Derbyshire, Cllr Ross…
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Derbyshire Constabulary

Police
This afternoon, NEDDC Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Ross Shipman and Deputy Leader Cllr David Hancock visited the Derbyshire Police Operations Centre in Ripley. The visit followed a number of complaints into the police's handling of 101 calls in recent months. Both councillors were shown the call handling and dispatch centre and had an abridged version of the training operations staff have recently undertaken. The police were certainly open enough to admit that they have made mistakes, and they have put processes in place to improve some of their call handling. Their revised procedures should also ensure that where issues are passed to other agencies (e.g. Councils, Social Services or even the Safer Neighbourhood Teams) the person lodging the initial call should be updated. One area where the force is…
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Update on Meeting with Derbyshire Constabulary

Update on Meeting with Derbyshire Constabulary

Police
Yesterday N-E Derbsyhire Lib Dem Leader, Cllr David Hancock, and Parliamentary Spokesperson, Ross Shipman, along with Wingerworth Parish Councillors, Diana Ruff and Nick Knyhynyckyj met with Derbyshire Constabulary in a very informative and frank meeting. On the positive side, Tupton & Wingerworth will be getting an additional PCSO in the coming months – which will result in a more visible police presence in the future. One issue that became very apparent is that there is a big failing in communication – both in terms of the police keeping the public updated on what’s happening and in terms of crimes being reported to the police in the first place. Inspector Rob Bowns brought records of the reported crimes in #Tupton and #Wingerworth which are significantly lower than those being reported on…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems meeting with Derbyshire Police

North Derbyshire Lib Dems meeting with Derbyshire Police

Police
Following our request to meet with Derbyshire Police, I'm pleased to advise that N-E Derbyshire Parliamentary Spokesperson, Ross Shipman, and N-E Derbyshire Lib Dem Council Group Leader, Cllr David Hancock, will be meeting with Chief Inspector Barry Doyle, LPU Inspector for the North East Rob Bowns, and Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Kevin Gillott on Thursday 18th October. The Lib Dem team have also invited the Chairs of Tupton and Wingerworth Parish Councils, Cathy Goodyer and Diana Ruff, to enable them to put forward their views following recent increases in crime across the two N-E Derbyshire Wards. "We understand that police budgets have been cut," Ross said. "However, the whole of North East Derbyshire and Bolsover cannot be policed by a dozen officers as is the case now. It's geographically…
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Javid plans: a derisory response to criminal threats

Javid plans: a derisory response to criminal threats

Home Office, Police
Commenting on reports that the Home Secretary is planning to extend stop and search powers, Liberal Democrats Home Affairs Spokesperson Edward Davey said:   "We are only going to get a grip on the rise in violent crime by investing in more community police, not by changing laws when there are too few police in the first place.   “Thinking new stop and search powers will help ignores the evidence, is frankly a derisory response to criminal threats from hi-tech drones and lasers and is a distraction from the real challenge of rebuilding community policing.   "Only a long term financial commitment to community policing will restore the trust in police that is so vital to fighting crime, whilst a disproportionate use of stop and search can undermine that very…
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