As part of my preparation to become the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner I have been invited to visit Derbyshire police facilities and to talk to a number of senior people, including the chief constable. As well as the force headquarters I will be visiting a police station - the one I have chosen to visit is Buxton. I was delighted to accept these invitations which will provide me with important incites on how well things are working in Derbyshire.
A hate crime is an incident that was motivated by prejudice or hate, perceived to be based on disability, race, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation, transgender identity or membership of an alternative subculture. Hate crime is not to be tolerated. For those who have been at the receiving end of such crime and need help, please visit www.core-derbyshire.com. There are a number of organisation you can be directed to that provide help.
I have great concern about the new Policing Bill currently going through parliament. It includes a power to lock people up for 10 years if they ‘seriously annoy’ someone else. The problem is that any protest will seriously annoy someone. That is what protest is all about. Look at what happened when a recent protest about violence to women ‘seriously annoyed’ the police! We have a right to protest about things we feel strongly about. I urge all MPs not to allow this new Policing Bill to get through.
I am delighted to hear that a “green light” has now been given to building a Police Response Hub somewhere in the High Peak area. This is exactly what is needed – a substantive police presence in North West Derbyshire. It is to be hoped that the plans can be approved, the funding put in place, and that real progress will be made as soon as is possible. However, I have also been contacted by people in New Mills about lack of progress in creating a full police presence in their town following closure of their police station back in 2017. Apparently, the current provision is less than adequate. I will make restoring a full police presence in New Mills a priority after the election on 6th May.
Many thanks to those who nominated me for the position of PCC for Derbyshire. The photo below shows me just about to hand in my nomination papers at Derby City Council. Thanks to my agent, they were found to be in good order and my nomination was accepted.
Stan Heptinstall MBE