Arrests and charges up by over 16% in Derbyshire as local Crimestoppers committee seeks new volunteer Chairperson

Crimestoppers, the independent crime-fighting charity, is today appealing for a new Derbyshire committee Chairperson who can lead the fight against crime in the county.

This appeal comes as the local community in Derbyshire continues to play a priceless role after figures revealed that the charity passed on 1,928 pieces of information to the police in the area leading to 142 arrests and charges, a 16.4% increase on the previous year.

Across the UK, information passed onto the police by Crimestoppers increased slightly by just over one per cent, whilst the value of goods recovered also rose, with over £3.3million worth seized.

Since Crimestoppers was formed in 1988 over 128,000 people have been arrested and charged, while 1.5million pieces of information have been passed onto law enforcement agencies via our 0800 555 111 telephone number and online form.

With this week also being National Volunteers' Week, it is important to recognise the role the volunteers in Derbyshire have played in not only raising awareness of the charity, but in helping to engage with local people and help tackle the crimes affecting the area.

Crimestoppers works at a grassroots level across the UK, helping to fight crime in local communities. Our volunteer network is integral to this, working with local law enforcement agencies, businesses and other charities, to launch campaigns and events, helping make communities safer places to live.

Committee Chair plays a crucial role

This role of Chairperson will include motivating, encouraging and supporting all volunteer members to deliver effective results in line with their experience, available commitment and overall aspirations. The time commitment required is likely to be a few hours week, plus chairing of quarterly meetings.

East Midlands Regional Manager, Kiran Dhanda, said: “What these results represent is a continued effort from the public and Crimestoppers to keep our communities safe and bring wanted criminals to justice.

“I cannot thank our local communities enough for their efforts and for trusting us with their information – and to our volunteers who dedicate so much of their time to ensure we continue the fight to provide a crime free community.

“We look forward to working with a new Chairperson who can continue to help us achieve these fantastic results and make a real difference in the fight against crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Derbyshire, Alan Charles, said that Crimestoppers was a vital link between the police and the public when it comes to tackling crime. He added: "Crimestoppers, which is a totally independent charity, provides people wishing to give information to the police with the conduit to do so anonymously.  That information is often enormously helpful in terms of tackling crime and apprehending the individuals responsible, highlighting the valuable role Crimestoppers plays in the criminal justice arena.  We have an excellent relationship with the Derbyshire team and I look forward to that continuing in the future with the new Chair - after all, we are all working towards the same ultimate goal."

For more information please email volunteering@crimestoppers-uk.org