Dorset PCC Reveals Crime Plan

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill says reducing the number of victims is one of his top priorities.

He's released his five-year Police and Crime Plan - which he says will keep the county safe.

There are six targets in total - which also include reducing the number of people seriously harmed; protecting the public from serious threats; cutting re-offending; increasing people’s satisfaction in policing and supporting Neighbourhood Policing.

Mr Underhill said: “We need to work together to keep Dorset safe. My vision is for a Dorset where people feel safe, both at home and in the community.”

Since being elected in November, he's consulted the public, partner agencies and the Chief Constable. The draft was considered by the Police & Crime Panel, who supported the objectives the Commissioner was keen to focus on.

Mr Underhill added: “I want to see a more visible force which operates in the heart of the community, fighting crime and providing reassurance.  Through the recruitment of 250 additional Special Constables, we will see the ‘bobbies on the beat’ that the people of Dorset desire. Neighbourhood policing is important, for reassurance and to cut crime.

“I also want to see the number of victims reduced, but for those who do become victims, we need to support them every step of the way.”

Dorset Police Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “I’ve worked closely with the PCC to ensure we have a Police and Crime Plan in place which will deliver a quality service to our communities.

“Our committed team of officers, police staff, volunteers and special constables will continue to work together with our partners and communities to make Dorset safer and this plan will help to shape how we continue to deliver our policing service in Dorset.”