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Commissioner publishes Annual Report against backdrop of reduced crime

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is today (1st September) publishing his first Annual Report for the period April 2021 to March 2022 – a year which saw an overall 38% reduction in Neighbourhood crime (compared to pre-covid figures) and a record number of police officers.

The report, available on the Commissioner’s website, provides an overview of what Darryl and his team have been doing with partners to deliver the priorities outlined in his Police and Crime Plan – protecting local residents, reducing crime and supporting victims.

“Listening and acting on the concerns of local residents is the most important part of my job and I remain committed to doing just that,” explains Darryl.

“Over my first year in office, people told me they want to see more police officers reducing crime. The good news is that we now have record numbers of warranted officers in our county – currently over 1,650 – with this figure set to rise to 1,700 by next March.

“We also saw a significant reduction in Neighbourhood crime thanks to the efforts of officers and partners with household burglary, in particular down by 47%.

“And Rural Crime is also down by 48% (when compared to the same period in 2020/21) as a result of targeted action by the Constabulary’s Rural Crime Action Team.

“There is always more work to be done – I continue to invest in local partnerships to tackle local issues such as anti-social behaviour and road safety, and to support the Chief Constable to ensure he has the resources he needs to keep all of us safe.”

You can read my Annual Report on my website: PCC annual report 2021-2022 – A4 web edition ( or contact my office by emailing: to request a printed copy.