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Survey sets out police priorities

police surveyOne-in-eight people surveyed by police said cyber crime should be a top five priority for the Derbyshire constabulary.

And one-in-17 said economic crime should have resources allocated to it.

But the figures, both of which directly affect business, were small beer compared with concerns expressed about anti-social behaviour.

Sixty-two per cent of respondents to the survey said they were concerned about drugs, 61 per cent were concerned about general anti-social behaviour, 51 per cent wanted resources aimed at combating rape and serious sexual assault and a very slightly smaller number wanted a focus on safeguarding children.

Forty-seven per cent expressed concerns about gangs and organised crime.

The remaining concerns in diminishing order of priority above cyber crime were, alcohol related harm, domestic abuse, safeguarding vulnerable adults, fatal and serious injury road crashes, terrorism and domestic extremism, acquisitive crime and offender management and troubled families.

Between May and August 2013 the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and the Constabulary ran a series of events covering each of the nine local authority areas in Derbyshire.

Face to face interviews were conducted and responses to the survey were also received by post and online. A total of 2,187 members of the public provided views.

Any concerns expressed by respondents either at the events or online were passed on to the appropriate departments within the Force.

As a result of the opportunity to speak directly to police officers at the events, referrals were taken from participants and these were followed up and dealt with at a local level.