Sexual and violent offences are dreadful crimes that deeply affect the lives of victims and their families and inspire fear in local communities. Their impact can be profound and longlasting. Public Protection through tackling sexual and violent crimes is one of the highestpriorities for the Police and Probation Services. The introduction of Multi-Agency PublicProtection Arrangements (MAPPA) is a very important measure to improve the protectionof the public from violent and sexual offences.MAPPA place a duty on the Police, National Probation Service and - from April 2004 - thePrison Service, to assess and manage the risks posed by these serious offenders. InDerbyshire, we do this in partnership with a range of additional agencies who now alsohave a duty to co-operate under the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Although it will never be possible to eliminate risk completely, these arrangements whichidentify relevant offenders, and provide for the exchange of information leading to jointassessment and management, are the most effective way to minimise and manage the risksposed by dangerous offenders. As this report describes, significant progress has already been made and during 2004/05 there will be further important developments including the involvement of Lay Advisers inreviewing and monitoring the MAPPA. The introduction of an element of public scrutinyinto the often complex and sensitive area of public protection by the appointment of these Advisers is welcome. The Lay Advisers will not only gain an insight into how publicprotection work is carried out but more importantly, an opportunity to ask questions onbehalf of the public about what is being done and why.Because of the numbers involved, the need to protect the public, and the importance of thorough risk assessment, it is necessary to have a computer system that reflects the natureof the work and brings a national standard. This will be provided for by the introduction of ViSOR (Violent and Sex Offender Register) which is planned from 2004/05. ViSOR willprovide the Police and National Probation Service with a national database to register, risk assess and manage sexual, violent and other dangerous offenders who may cause seriousharm to the public.