CRIME in Derbyshire has fallen for the eighth year running, according to new Home Office figures.
The number of offences recorded over the last financial year fell to 65,884 compared to 68,005 over the same period last year.
It meant 2,000 fewer Derbyshire crime victims compared with last year.
All categories of crime have seen a reduction in the offences recorded, apart from violent crime which jumped to 16,961 from 16,243.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said his force had a ‘detailed plan’ on how to tackle violence, much of it alcohol-related.
He said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have recorded an eighth year in a row of crime reductions.
“I must pay tribute to the commitment, dedication and hard work of all our officers and staff. Once again they have managed to achieve a reduction.
“It’s also important to recognise the police are only one part of the fight against crime.
“Numerous partner agencies make a huge contribution but perhaps most important is the work done by local communities which suffer from crime but can often make the longest lasting difference by standing up and challenging unacceptable behaviour.”
Chf Con Creedon added: “Reducing crime is essential but making sure we treat people fairly, keeping them informed, giving them a good service - that is a fundamental part of our business.”