Policing Retention Survey
The Office of The Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Derbyshire, invites you to participate in this Community Survey on 'Policing, Recruitment, Retention and Relations in Racially Minoritised Communities'. The survey will take approximately thirty-five minutes of your time and is completely confidential. Your participation will help the Police and Crime Commissioner to have a clearer picture of recruitment and retention issues and provide insight into tensions/issues impacting Police - Ethnically Minoritised Community Relations in Derby and Derbyshire.
The survey is designed for the OPCC to gather opinions and experiences from members of the community. The survey assesses four key components:
· Background: General Attitudes Towards Crime and Policing
· Policing, Community Contact and Outcomes
· Policing, Community Experiences and Perceptions
· Racially Minoritised Community Recruitment and Retention
The results will be used by the OPCC to enhance policing recruitment and retention and contribute to thought and action around addressing and improving current police-community relations. Your answers are completely confidential.
Unless we advise otherwise, this survey will close at 5pm on May 10th 2021.
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Sonya Robotham at the TASKFORCE via email at email@example.com.
Thank you so much for contributing to making a difference.
Our News Newsletter - April Edition
APRIL 2021 'OUR NEWS' NEWSLETTER
We are pleased to share our April ‘OUR NEWS’ newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watches across England and Wales) for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters - from households to volunteers and partners.
The newsletter can be viewed by clicking on this link or attached below.
This month we launch our PROTECT YOUR CAR campaign. We also look at fleeceware scams, predatory marriage and much more. Next year, in 2022, we will be celebrating Neighbourhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary and we want to hear from you how YOU would like to see this celebrated nationally. Please take a minute to give us your views here.
We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
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"While Census Day has come and gone, the work is only just beginning. Our Field Operations are now under way, with our Field colleagues encouraging and helping those who have yet to complete their forms, directing them to the support services they need so we can get the best possible picture of what our society looks like at this point in time.”
All Census Officers will be wearing High Vis jackets displaying their ID badge clearly, they will be wearing masks and will keep at least 2 metres away from anyone they meet.
If you are aware of anyone still needing help completing their form please give them my contact details and I will be happy to call and advise if they have any queries or concerns."
Census Engagement Manager | Derbyshire | Office for National Statistics
Now on Twitter: @CensusAVSDEre
New Funding Expands Support For Vulnerable People and Their Families
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has announced the allocation of more than £330k in grants to help him tackle vulnerability and prevent exploitation.
The second phase of the Commissioner’s Vulnerability Fund will see 27 organisations receiving grants of between £1,001 and £25,000 to prevent crime, bring communities together and protect young people from engaging in risky behaviour that could lead to harm.
The total funding amounts to £336,580 and projects will not start until April 1 2021 at the earliest, except in exceptional circumstances.
At the centre of the PCC’s Vulnerability Fund is a belief many crimes are preventable if the right funding is invested in the right place to help people overcome problems, learn new skills and increase their confidence.
Successful projects tackle the wider social issues that contribute to crime and provide emotional and practical support rather than direct enforcement.
“This is a landmark fund devoted to tackling the issues that cause misery in our communities,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“The potential of this funding far exceeds its monetary value, helping to create safer and stronger communities and opening doors of opportunity to vulnerable people and their families.
“My team and I have been overwhelmed with the quality and volume of applications received. The need for grassroots support and prevention in our communities is vast and I am determined to do whatever is necessary to secure these services for local people.
“The projects we have supported through this funding will make a meaningful difference to people’s lives and remove the barriers of isolation, discrimination, disadvantage and poor health that prevent people from achieving their full potential. There is so much work to do but this investment will enable us to hit the ground running.”
Among the successful applicants is Good News Family Care (Homes) Ltd which has received £21,000 to help fund a seven-seater farm vehicle to support the delivery of its farm-based training and skills development work.
The project supports people within the High Peak area, offering training in horticulture, conservation/land management, equine care/animal husbandry, poultry farming, woodwork and a range of rural crafts AIM certificate courses for people aged 16 and over. The organisation also offers nature/forest school sessions for nursery and primary school pupils and their families.
The charity, which has provided support for 50-60 people since 2001 including victims of abuse, perpetrators of crime and individuals in the grip of addiction, expects an increase in referrals from voluntary /statutory agencies such as probation, GPs, mental health and social care practitioners, Derbyshire County Council day services, private mental health agencies and Job Centre plus due to increased levels of poor mental health.
Hazel Guest, charity manager, said: “Good News Family Care works with individuals and families who are struggling with poor mental health through issues such as loneliness, addictions, domestic abuse and people who have fallen into crime through their underlying difficulties.
“We are so excited to be successful in gaining a grant from the Police Commissioner’s Vulnerability Fund, as it will make a huge difference in enabling vulnerable people to access our farm-based skills developments courses and training projects.
“Getting people to the farm has been greatly limited through lack of suitable transportation, especially during the difficulties of social distancing. The grant will provide a vehicle with the capacity to give access to many more people who will benefit not only from the training, but in joining our community of caring staff and participants where they can build a positive supportive network of new friends for the long term.”
Evergreen Collective received £18,000 for its ‘Not today, she said’ project which aims to improve feelings of safety among Muslim women and increase confidence in their identity.
The project includes an uplifting and empowering campaign to highlight the need for British women to be confident in their own identity and to speak out when they need to, workshops and activities for women based on resilience, confidence and empowerment including self-defence classes and a support network and group for women who have experienced any form of Islamophobia or bias for being a Muslim.
The support group will also signpost women to other organisations which can deliver help.
Misba Khan, founder and managing director of Evergreen Collective, said: “Evergreen is delighted with the financial support being provided by the PCC Vulnerability Fund. We are excited to develop and deliver our programme in helping develop skills as well as improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local women through empowerment, engagement and education.”
Recent Home Office figures show Muslims are 50% more likely to be targeted by perpetrators of hate crime. The workshops will not be exclusively for Muslim women but will cater for the cultural and religious sensitivities of Muslim women in Derby.
The support group will be available for Muslim women and women from the BAME (British, Asian and Minority Ethnic) community who have experienced some sort of hate crime relating to them being a women or their religious or cultural identity.
Worried About Getting Hacked?
Over 15,000 hacked email and social media accounts reported in one year.
If a hacker got into your email or social media account, what would they find? Health and banking information? Names and contact details for your friends and family? Private photos and messages? For most people, it’s at least one of those.
Your email and social media accounts contain a wealth of personal information about you, which makes them a lucrative target for cyber criminals. Between February 2020 and February 2021, Action Fraud received 15,214 reports about email and social media account hacking. The majority of reports (88%) were made by individuals, with 12% of reports being made by businesses. Analysis of the crime reports revealed that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat were the most affected social media accounts, with phishing messages being the most common tactic used by cyber criminals to lure unsuspecting victims.
The motivation behind the hacks are varied and can range from financial gain, to revenge or personal amusement. Some victims are extorted for money, whilst others have their accounts used to send malicious links to their contacts. One victim who had multiple email and social media accounts hacked paid over £2,000 to regain access to them. Another victim reported that her hacked Facebook account was used to trick her friends into sending money into a PayPal account they thought belonged to her.
Secure your email and social media accounts in just a few minutes. Here's what you need to do:
1: Use a strong and separate password for your email, as well as other important accounts, such as your banking or social media accounts.
2: Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). It will help to stop hackers from getting into your online accounts, even if they have your password.
3: If you can't access your account, search the company's online support or help pages. You'll find information about how to recover your account.
For detailed instructions on how to reset your password or enable 2FA on your accounts, visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/secureyouraccounts
Booklet To Increase Safety In Rural Areas Is Launched In Derbyshire
A booklet which gives advice on advice on a range of issues such as theft, fire and personal safety has been launched in a bid to target countryside crime and emergencies in Derbyshire.
The Derbyshire Rural Safety and Crime Prevention Guide has come about through a collaboration between Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service.
The booklet covers issues which have been highlighted as a priority for the rural communities of Derbyshire and gives advice on how to prevent them, to help people stay safe and to reduce crime and accidents.
From a crime prevention perspective, topics include farm machinery, plant and vehicle theft, livestock worrying and theft, fuel theft, equine crime, fly-tipping and poaching.
There is also a wealth of important safety information, including the safe storage of flammable materials, fire and electrical safety, winter driving advice and help in medical emergencies.
The launch comes as part of Operation Derbyshire, which aims to highlight the good work that is taking place across our area and to share this with our communities.
The key areas which the operation, that will run from Monday, 11 January to Monday, 31 May, will focus on, are speeding, anti-social behaviour and rural, wildlife and heritage crime. Running alongside this we will also focus on our visibility in areas and supporting our victims.
Sergeant James Shirley, of the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team, said: “We have pulled together bespoke advice for rural communities around safety from all of the emergency services in Derbyshire in one easily accessible booklet.
“We have it available online through our website, and in print which we hope to distribute widely across Derbyshire’s rural areas during 2021.”
Crew Manager, Josh Charlesworth said: “We’re delighted to have been able to work together with our colleagues at Derbyshire police and EMAS to produce a joint rural safety guide.
The guide which is available online, and in hard copy that will be distributed across Derbyshire, aims to provide rural communities with easily accessible advice and information to protect them from emergency incidents, accidents and crime, in addition to letting them know what to do in the event of an emergency.
“Derbyshire has many hard to reach communities, spread across widespread rural areas and it is recognised that not everyone has access to online information, so by working with our partners we know we are giving the best advice possible to make our communities safer together.”
Tim Slater, East Midlands Ambulance Service General Manager for Derbyshire, said: “Your actions could be crucial in saving someone’s life and we hope the information provided in our section helps you feel more prepared should you ever need to make a 999 phone call about a medical emergency.”
As well as including the three main emergency services, the booklet also has the support of Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and the Peak District National Park Authority.
PCC Hardyal Dhindsa said: “People living in rural communities face different challenges but our emergency services are committed to supporting everyone and doing everything they can to keep them safe. It was clear when I visited every village in the county that people wanted easy access to information and this booklet provides a wealth of tips, useful numbers and advice.
“I’m proud that in recent years we have boosted the rural policing presence to make more remote communities safer, we are proactively tackling road safety issues and I very much hope that this booklet will add to their feelings of safety.”
Andrew McCloy, chair of the Peak District National Park added: “The crucial role of our emergency services has been brought into sharp focus across the last year, and resources like this new guide help all of us to ensure that those working hard to protect our health, wellbeing and livelihoods can do so as effectively as possible.
“The expansion of the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team has been a huge boost for our National Park, in particular, our joint efforts to combat wildlife persecution and we’ll continue to work closely with these and other teams to ensure the Peak District remains a safe and welcoming place to do business, visit and call home.”
You can download a copy of the Derbyshire Rural Safety and Crime Prevention Guide from the following locations:
Derbyshire Constabulary website: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/police-forces/derbyshire-constabulary/areas/derbyshire-force-content/campaigns/campaigns/2019/derbyshire-rural-safety-and-crime-prevention-guide/
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service website: https://www.derbys-fire.gov.uk/application/files/9816/1010/8668/Derbyshire_Rural_Safety_and_Crime_Prevention_Guide.pdf
Emergency service crews will also have a small number of the booklets to deliver in person as they continue their work during the current pandemic. It is also likely to be available from rural community hubs and businesses later in the year.
To follow the progress of Operation Derbyshire, follow the hashtag #OpDerbyshire on our social media channels.
Think Digital When Contacting the Police
We are all leading very busy lives at the minute, and we understand that many people don’t have the time to wait on the telephone in a queue.
We are therefore increasing our ability to deal with your non-urgent issues online.
You are now able to send us a message to make a report or ask a question, go back to your busy day or night, and we will call you back.
To contact us online, please use our social media channels, forms or live chat function on our website:
💻 Facebook: Send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
💻 Twitter: Send a direct message to @DerPolContact
💻 Website: Visit www.derbyshire.police.uk
Our digital contact channels are monitored just as much as our phone lines. They are staffed by real people, not bots, and there are no automated responses. You will speak to one of our Call Handlers who will take the same information and action your report in the same way as they would on the phone.
At the moment, less than 10% of our non-emergency reports are made in this way.
Please use these online channels, and keeping the 101 line free for those who perhaps can’t access the internet to contact us.
In the event of an emergency you should always call 999.
'Cash For Crash' Advice
In a 'cash for crash' incident fraudsters deliberately stage or cause a road traffic collision 'accident' for the purpose of financial gain. This can take many forms but the most common are:
°The driver of the vehicle in front suddenly slams their brakes on causing you to run into the back of it insisting it's your fault.
°A driver may flash their headlights or wave for you to pull out of a junction then fail to let you out causing you to collide with them– they deny flashing their lights or inviting you to pull out.
**Spot the warning signs**
°Be suspicious if the driver seems very calm after a collision and has all their details already written down on a piece of paper.
°Be suspicious of exaggerated claims e.g. after a very minor collision you receive information from your insurer in relation to high repair costs for damage to the other vehicle when only minor damage was caused.
°Be aware of passengers or the driver in a vehicle you are following looking backwards/paying a lot of attention to your vehicle – they may be weighing up the best time to slam the brakes on and cause an accident.
°Beware of drivers driving extremely slowly or driving slowly and then suddenly speeding up.
°Don't follow vehicles too closely – leave plenty of room so that in the event of something unexpected happening you can stop safely.
At the scene of an any accident try to get details of independent witnesses. Obtain as much information as you can about the vehicle, passengers, damage to vehicle, location, time, date, weather conditions, witnesses, take photographs and never agree to settle the matter informally.
If you suspect a scam, as well as contacting the police and your insurer, notify the Insurance Fraud Bureau via the link below or by calling the Cheatline on 0800 422 0421
More information can be found at-
How To Contact the Force
Did you know you can use social media to report non-emergencies to us?
Instead of having to use the 101 line and speak to someone on the phone, you can send us a message on social media, use our website, or speak to a call handler on Live Chat.
This will then free up our call handlers to answer the phones to those that are only able to, or would just prefer to, physically speak to someone.
Our team of call handlers are here for the people of Derbyshire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To get in touch digitally, you can use:
• Facebook: Send a message to us on www.facebook.com/derbyshireconstabulary
• Twitter: Send a direct message to our contact centre via www.twitter.com/derpolcontact
• Website: Use our online forms or Live Chat by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk
Our website houses a number of online forms, where you can report a crime, road traffic incident, anti-social behaviour, apply for licenses and firearms certificates, as well as use ‘Your Area’, where residents can find out more about, and contact, their local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
If you can, please consider contacting us digitally, so our call handlers are free to speak to those that don’t have any access to the internet to do so.
How To Contact Derbyshire Constabulary
We’d like to remind you of ways in which you can contact the force.
It is now possible for you to get in touch with us in a range of different ways, to report non-emergencies.
If you don’t want to speak to someone on the phone, you can send us a message on social media, use our website, or speak to a call handler on Live Chat.
This will then free up our call handlers to answer the phones to those that would prefer to physically speak to someone.
Our team of helpful call handlers are here for the people of Derbyshire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The links you can use to get in touch digitally are:
If you can, please consider contacting us digitally, so our call handlers are free to speak to those that don’t have any access to the internet to do so.
Please note, in the case of an emergency, you should always phone 999.
February 2021 Crime Report
PCC Hardyal Dhindsa Welcomes Unanimous Approval For Policing Budget
PCC Hardyal Dhindsa has welcomed unanimous approval for the budget for policing Derbyshire in 2021-22 from the County’s Police and Crime Panel.
PCC Hardyal Dhindsa explained that his budget for 2021-22 was designed to protect the progress made over the last few years.
“Derbyshire residents have been clear,” he said. “They have repeatedly told me that they want to see more officers, which we have delivered, and they have said that they want the police to focus on local issues, such as speeding, road safety and tackling anti-social behaviour.
“The launch of Operation Derbyshire proves that we have listened. This operation is tackling those particular concerns alongside rural, wildlife and heritage crime which are other often mentioned concerns. There is also a greater focus on support for victims of crime.
“In this financial year, we have been able to recruit an extra 79 police officers, and 52 PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers), thanks to the funding from local people. The Chief Constable and I have worked together to ensure that these officers are working where the public want them.”
You can read the full budget report on the police and crime panel website https://democracy.derbyshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=177&MId=679&Ver=4&fbclid=IwAR2yWhBeP7IEcmm_MhB-4WKZuN07Rg4Vd2Q7vCDZEgxselh7hqEpOSxesr8
National Cse Awareness Day - March 18 2021
This national Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, we’d like to encourage parents and carers to spend ten minutes talking to their children about their online safety, and how to identify trusted adults.
During the pandemic, more and more children have been spending time online, talking to their friends, gaming, and sharing pictures and voice notes of what they’ve been up to.
In many cases, children and young people are using apps to do this which have a higher age limit than they are, meaning they can be contacted by people they perhaps don’t know.
Today, we’d like to encourage you to spot the signs that your child might have been contacted by someone, or have seen something online they shouldn’t:
“If a child reveals abuse, listen carefully to what they are saying. Let them know they have done the right thing by talking to you about it. Explain what you’ll do next, take them seriously, and let them know it isn’t their fault.
“When they feel ready, you can contact us to report what has been happening.”
To support your child through this process, explain that you intend to seek support from police who may want to come and speak with them to establish what has happened.
If possible, take control of any device used to communicate with the person of concern, but do not switch the device off and ensure any password or codes are known. Advise the child not to delete anything from the device. Consider taking photographs or screen shots of any contact details on the device including usernames etc., and if possible, keep the device charged and in aeroplane mode until officers can attend.
We have produced a worksheet that parents can go through with their children to identify a trusted adult, and are asking those who typically work with younger children to share it to help identify and approach them with any concerns they have.
This can be downloaded from our website.
For older children, messages are being communicated via social media, encouraging them to contact charities such as the NSPCC and Childline, or to speak to the police or Crimestoppers directly.
Inspector Rich Booth said: “With the current lockdown restrictions in place, we are concerned that the abuse of children may now be going unnoticed and youngsters may be caught in vulnerable situations without knowing who to turn to for help.
“It is with this in mind that we are encouraging people to share these messages with children, telling them who they can speak to if they need help.
“We hope that parents and carers will support younger children by sharing these worksheets and colouring activities, giving youngsters the chance to open up and talk about anything they want to share.
“We want children to know that being at home doesn’t mean they are isolated. There are many people out there who can and will help.”
If you are concerned about a child, please contact us online:
Our News Newsletter - Feb Edition
We pleased to announce our February OUR NEWS newsletter is attached or can be read by clicking on this link. This monthly newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales), is for all supporters of Neighbourhood Watch, from households to volunteers, such as scheme Coordinators or Association Leads.
This month we have a look at how to spot a Covid-19 vaccine scam and how to spot a romance scam. We introduce to you our new rural crime section on our website and our new #DrugsKnowMore campaign - a campaign soon to be launched designed by young people for young people.
In partnership with Co-op Insurance we remind you of the fantastic opportunity available for children to engage with Neighbourhood Watch by designing a treehouse to be built for their community. We also invite Coordinators to attend upcoming workshops, and ask everyone to save the date of 5th – 11th June for Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021.
With all of the above and much more, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to email@example.com.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Scam Warning - Fake Dpd Emails and Texts
Scam warning: Fake DPD emails and texts.
Action Fraud has seen a surge in reports relating to fake emails and texts purporting to be from DPD. The messages claim that DPD was “unable to deliver your parcel today” and provide instructions on how the recipient can arrange another delivery. The links in the emails and texts lead to fake websites that are designed to steal money, as well as personal and financial information.
Victims of this scam have reported losing over £242,000 since June. For more information, please visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/fake-dpd-messages-lead-to-over-200000-in-losses-since-june
How you can protect yourself:
For more information about how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime
ONS is looking to recruit people with knowledge of the local area
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is recruiting over 35,000 field staff to encourage householders to fill in their 2021 Census questionnaires and maximise response rates. As the public face of the census, field staff are essential to its success.
ONS is looking to recruit people with knowledge of the local area and who can relate to the communities within it. The hours are flexible and include the opportunity to work part-time, evenings and weekends.
On behalf of everyone at South Derbyshire CVS and especially the people we help support across the district, I’d like to say a big heartfelt thank you for your recent kind donation to our Foodbank. Without these wonderful contributions we simply wouldn’t be able to buy additional food or provide the support to those struggling in their hour of need
To give you a sense of the scale of demand, between 23 March and 27th October, we provided 12,654 meals to 552 children and 854 adults.
Your donation will help us continue to support people across South Derbyshire who are hungry, lonely and isolated.
The Foodbank Hub is here for the many local people economically affected by the crisis. We provide free emergency food parcels as well as supplying other important items such as soap, pet food and toilet paper. In these challenging times we have had to find new ways of working and this has involved moving to new premises where there is more space for increased storage, safe sorting and social distancing. We are doing everything we can, to make sure we continue to help those most in need especially over the winter period. Donations like your own allow us to buy stock when we run short of key items, and also help us meet food bank running costs (heating, lighting, cleaning and so on). We receive very little grant funding for the food bank and have to subsidise these costs from our charity’s reserves.
We’ve heard a lot about these being ‘unprecedented’ times and indeed they are, but the kindness and generosity of local people and communities such as yours is truly uplifting.
Finally, and just in case you haven’t seen our Winter Giving Campaign film, I thought I’d share with you here. We’re incredibly grateful to our friends at The Pin Up Group CIC who helped us make it. Simply click on the link below to watch (oh…and please feel free to share it with others 😊)
WINTER CAMPAIGN VIDEO
Investment Safety Tips Released After Spike In Derbyshire Fraud Offences
A spike in investment scams over the last year has seen victims in Derbyshire lose more than £6million to faceless fraudsters.
It’s a crime that even the most careful investor can fall prey to – whereby someone offers you a fake but often very convincing opportunity to make a profit. Scammers persuade individuals to move money to a fictitious fund on behalf of your business or to pay for a fake investment with the promise of a high return with little to no risk.
Since September 2019, 200 people in Derbyshire fell victim to this scam, and offences have been steadily rising since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Reports show that young people, aged between 20-29, are now also becoming more vulnerable to fraudsters, who are targeting them through advertisements or posts on social media.
Scammers are leading their victims to professional looking websites, where they’re persuaded to invest in the bogus schemes or are led to invest in cryptocurrency scams.
With more and more people looking to invest, we are now launching a campaign to raise awareness of this type of fraud – and how you can best protect yourself.
And to mark the start of International Fraud Week this week, we’re releasing a video featuring an actress telling the story of one Derbyshire investor.
It is a true story – one in which the victim was tricked out of more than £210,000.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY6gfmJAG-Y
Derbyshire Constabulary’s Cyber Protect Officer, Jodie Nevin, said: “With the coronavirus outbreak causing job losses and having a financial impact on incomes and our economy, more people are online looking for ways to make money.
"Sadly, these factors may leave victims more susceptible to fraudulent investment scams. Though these offences are getting harder to spot, there are some tell-tale signs to help protect your hard-earned money.”
In collaboration with Action Fraud, we are also sharing critical tips on how to protect yourself – and your money.
If you think you’ve been a victim of an investment fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
For more information about investment fraud, visit www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart.
Our Service is now closed to the public for face-to-face enquiries
DUWC offers Help, Advice and Representation on Benefits and Credits.
The safety and well-being of our staff, clients and volunteers is very important to us.
To Speak to an Adviser
Contact us on:
Telephone: 01246 231441 Weekdays 8.0 am – 4.0 pm
Our current advice is:
Service by telephone and email. All outreach sites are now closed. We will arrange appointments only when absolutely necessary.
No Home Visits
If you have fallen ill since attending our advice sessions, please let us know as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these exceptional circumstances.
For further information please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:
Consultation Hub - Castle Gresley DE11 9HS
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New website for the Derbyshire Home from Hospital Support Service
We have a brand new website for our Derbyshire Home from Hospital Support Service!
The service offers short term practical support for people who need a little help when they leave hospital or to help prevent them being admitted. Anyone living in Derbyshire or registered with a Derbyshire GP can use the service if they have limited support from other sources such as friends and family.
For more information visit: https://dhfh.org.uk.
Health & Wellbeing Grants
South Derbyshire CVS manages a number of small grant funds for voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations wanting to make a difference to local people and communities. You can apply for up to £2,000 in total. Guidelines and application forms can be found at: www.sdcvs.org.uk/community/funding-advice.
Useful Funding Websites
Scam Awareness Newsletter from Citizens advice
Scams Awareness Leaflet [Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts].pdf - 285.5 KB
Scams Awareness Newsletter 2020 [Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts].pdf - 234.1 KB
Scams Awareness Postcard [Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts].pdf - 169.3 KB
Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Services
Victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence across Derbyshire will have access to increased support as part of an emergency funding package in response to the coronavirus.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has allocated £439,275 in grants to charities and non-profit organisations which are safeguarding victims of violence and supporting their emotional recovery during the pandemic.
The Commissioner received the maximum allocation of funding the Ministry of Justice which is investing £750m nationally as part of the response to soaring demand levels during Covid-19.
Derbyshire has been allocated £236,882 for domestic abuse services already commissioned by the PCC, £74,196 for sexual violence services already commissioned by the PCC and £128,197 for domestic abuse services not currently commissioned by the PCC.
The funding has been shared between a host of charities and non-profit organisations across the county, helping them to meet the increased cost of adapting services according to social distancing rules, increased staffing and an expansion of safe accommodation for desperate victims and their families.
In announcing the funding, Mr Dhindsa said: "This is a huge victory for victims of crime and should encourage anybody suffering at the hands of an abuser to step forward and seek help because there are people trained and ready to help.
"I've been able to secure the maximum amount of funding from the MoJ and there is no doubt that it is desperately needed. Covid-19 has increased the risk and vulnerability of so many victims and survivors of violence and it is vital we expand capacity to ensure everyone who needs help or protection receives it.
"We have excellent working relationships with service providers and have been able to establish swiftly where critical funding and additional resources are needed to meet demand pressures.
"Many victims of violence will be accessing help for the first time as a result of the lockdown and this funding will ensure we can support their recovery throughout Covid-19 and beyond with specialist resources.
"It's important now to take stock of demand trends and prepare beyond the present as the pressure for help is unlikely to diminish in the months ahead."
For detail of victim services in Derbyshire visit the Core website www.core-derbyshire.com
If you or anyone you know is affected by domestic abuse, contact the Derbyshire Domestic Abuses Support Line
If you are deaf, hearing impaired or if it is difficult for you to speak, text and tell us how we can contact you safely.
If you are in danger or think someone else is, always ring 999
If you ring 999 from a mobile when in danger and cannot respond to the operator, stay on the call and press 55 when told to and you will be connected to the Police/ Listen to their instructions.
DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ROAD CLOSURE
Date: 10-14 May 2021
Linton Road, Castle Gresley
If you have concerns about our equipment, eg. barriers, signs or cones please call a member of the team on 0800 096 5678
Smell gas? Call 0800 111 999
Location: Farside carriageway, opposite 21A Linton Road. Footway closure, pedestrian walkway will be provided.
Works ref: AZ7021001037001
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The road will be closed 24hrs each day, access will be given to residents only
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Hollie Guard App
Pcso Supervisor Wallington-Waite this morning has been blowing away the cobwebs with a drizzly patrol down the canal paths at Swarkestone.
Did you know that there is a personal safety app that can be downloaded free to your phone?
If you walk or cycle alone or even just want to feel safer then take a look at the link below.
Strategic Priorities Assurance Board Recording from 15 March
Members of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa's Strategic Priorities Board (SPA) attended a virtual meeting on Monday, March 15 to review performance in a range of key areas.
Members of the public were invited to ask questions to the PCC or Chief Constable ahead of the meeting and were addressed at the start of the meeting.
The full agenda is available online at the Police and Crime Commissioner's website here.
To view the video, which includes timings to key areas, go to the Commissioner's Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/SNZaYRb9Hak
Message Sent By
Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)
A message from: Dennis Bateman, Principal Community Safety Enforcement officer, Environmental Services Department, South Derbyshire District Council.
With the dark nights and early mornings now in full swing Environmental Services Department of South Derbyshire District Council are receiving an increase of reports that dog owners and walkers are failing to clear away after a dog or dogs under their control has fouled, in and around the District of South Derbyshire.
It is an offence not to clean up IMMEDIATELY after a dog once it has fouled, failing to do so carries a penalty of £100 if dealt with by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice, or if prosecuted through the Courts, if convicted, a substantially higher fine and Criminal
conviction The majority of dog owners do pick up after their dogs, however, there is a selfish minority who are failing to comply with their legal obligations. Without the assistance of the public it is difficult take positive action against these individuals so therefore I would ask for your help and if you should witness anyone letting their dog foul and they fail to clear it away please contact the Environmental Health Department on 01283 595968 with as much information as possible relating to the description of offender and the dog, time date and place of the occurrence. Photographic, video or CCTV footage is also most welcomed, should there be a vehicle involved a colour, make and registered number. Any information provided will be acted upon
Please of course always consider your personal safety.
There are obvious health hazards connected with dog fouling one such is Toxocara canis which is a roundworm found in dogs. Roundworm eggs are found in dog mess, which can easily be transmitted to children who are most susceptible to the infection,
a common means being from the wheels of pushchairs and prams once travelled through and then transferred to the home environment. Another means of transmission is from sports pitches and playing fields. Symptoms are stomach upsets, sore throats, pneumonia, asthma and in some cases blindness. The eggs can stay active in the soil for many years, long after the dog mess has weathered.
HAVE BAGS WITH YOU - BAG THE MESS - BIN THE BAG - WASH YOUR HANDS.
If you require any information on any issues that we as Community Safety Enforcement Officers deal with do not hesitate to contact us on 01283 595943 or email; email@example.com.
Police Highlight Work on Tackling Derbyshire Speed Hotspots Reported By Public
Our road safety teams have shared details of their ongoing work to reduce speeding on our county’s roads, in response to community feedback.
We’re highlighting the work done by our Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and Roads Policing unit (RPU) as part of Operation Derbyshire – which sees us showcasing the good work that is being done on crimes that you told us were of concern to you.
For a number of years CREST have been working to cover areas of concern with safety cameras, based on reports that come in from locals via the ‘Report it’ button on the CREST website.
Sarah Robbins, CREST Enforcement Supervisor, said:
“I am really passionate about the work we do within the CREST team and the opportunities we have to engage and educate the public about the dangers of excess speed.
“I became Enforcement Supervisor six years ago and implemented the reporting facility on our website, so that we could proactively target locations where speeding was a problem in an attempt to change driver behaviour and prevent unnecessary collisions.
“As a result, there are now mobile camera sites operated by officers in just under 900 locations countywide, in a bid to ensure that our roads are safer.
“Last year the team spent almost 2000 hours enforcing at countywide sites which included roads in Littleover, Chesterfield and the Peak District and were really well received by local residents, with many coming along to thank officers in the van.”
This work has been further supplemented by RPU officers who launched the speed site project last May, as part of our continued effort to reduce collisions and improve road safety.
As part of the project officers regularly go out to high collision sites and those identified by the public through the CREST website, to monitor speed and provide roadside education to drivers.
Chief Inspector Dave Nicholls, who leads Derbyshire’s RPU said:
“Between May and December 2020 my officers visited 135 locations across the county and interacted with over 2000 motorists, educating them and where necessary issuing speeding tickets.
“During this time, we have seen promising results with 61% of the sites we have visited now showing good speed compliance.
“I know the public sometimes have a negative view of the police work that goes on around speeding, but it is a simple fact that speed kills and sadly we often receive reports of speeding near to schools putting the lives of young children in danger.
“It is also important to note that the work in this area is spearheaded by our communities who want to keep their families, friends and vulnerable residents of their local area safe.
“We will continue our efforts during 2021 and already in January have visited 37 sites, interacted with over 140 drivers and issued 36 speeding tickets.”
Operation Derbyshire runs until the end of May. It will see officers and staff sharing with our communities the excellent work that is going on to tackle certain crime types in the county and support victims.
We recognise that many crimes have a devastating effect on the victim and those close to them, but they may not always be in the spotlight - these crimes, which you told us are important to you via the police and crime commissioner’s public consultation, will be the focus for this operation.
The operation will highlight what we are doing to reduce speeding; tackle wildlife, heritage and rural crime and target community crimes like anti-social behaviour.
Operation Derbyshire will also highlight the work that we and our partners do to support victims and bring offenders to justice.
You can keep up-to-date with our work on social media by following #OpDerbyshire.
ShopAppy scheme gets its 300th Derbyshire sign-up
Helen’s Dog Grooming Salon in Church Gresley is the 300th Derbyshire business to sign up to ShopAppy and benefit from the support of Derbyshire County Council and the district and borough councils through the Derbyshire Economic Partnership.
Full information about the scheme and the benefits it offers to businesses and residents can be found at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/shopappy This includes details about the five free ShopAppy webinars which are held each week for businesses to find out more.
It is hoped that members can encourage businesses in their areas to join the scheme and benefit from unlimited use of the ShopAppy website until 30 November 2021 – the sooner the business signs up the longer the period of free membership they get.
More information for elected membersAs well as on the members' pages of the Our Derbyshire website, you'll find lots of information for councillors on the the Local Government Association website.
Did you know that our Derbyshire Police website has a range of safety advice avaliable to you?
This includes Burglary, personal safety, vehicle crime and much more.
Take a look at the link
Operation Derbyshire Highlights Work To Target Crime
An operation has been launched today that will focus on the positive work being undertaken to tackle offending across the county.
Derbyshire is a vast county that spans both rural and urban communities. Due to this the crime in both of those areas varies immensely.
The chief constable, together with the police and crime commissioner (PCC), has put together a plan, following the PCCs public consultation, to target four main areas that effect the whole of our county.
Operation Derbyshire will aim to highlight the good work that is taking place and to share this with our communities.
The key areas which the operation, that will run from Monday, 11 January to Monday, 31 May, will focus on, are speeding, anti-social behaviour and rural, wildlife and heritage crime. Running alongside this we will also focus on our visibility in areas and supporting our victims.
Chief Constable Rachel Swann said: “I really want our communities to know that we focus on long-term problem solving, engaging, listening and responding. We then need to ensure that we let the public know what we’ve done – this is a really important part.
“Derbyshire is a diverse county that consists of broadly two halves, the rural county, and the urban towns and cities and our policing response aims to reflect this diversity.
“Operation Derbyshire seeks to ensure that regardless of which community people self-identify as living or working in, their priorities are taken seriously and are visibly addressed.
“During this pandemic our officers have had a part to play but I want to reassure the people of Derbyshire that we are still here to fight crime, proactively bring offenders to justice, and protect the most vulnerable from harm.”
Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said that the operation had been inspired by his consultation with local people. “Up and down the county, in every town, village and neighbourhood that I visited, people told me that they wanted the police to focus on these four key themes,” he said. “I’m grateful to the chief constable who has worked with me to address these public concerns, and Operation Derbyshire is the result. It’s important that people know that we are addressing the things that matter most to them and have confidence that their views are making a difference.”
You can follow the progress of the operation by following the hashtag #OpDerbyshire on our social media channels.