CRIME in Derbyshire has fallen for the eighth consecutive year.
Figures released this week show that in 2010/2011 there were more than 2,000 fewer victims of crime than in 2009/2010.
Compared to 2002/03, there are 37,000 fewer victims of crime, an overall reduction of 36 per cent.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon 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 that the police are only one part of the fight against crime – numerous partner agencies across the city and county 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.
“Most of all we’re extremely pleased to have even fewer victims of crime – more than 37,000 less in the last eight years.”