Residents Invited To Virtual Meeting

Residents in Dorset are being asked to get any questions that they have about crime and community safety in Dorset ready for an online virtual meeting that will be taking place in December.

If residents want a question answered about crime and community safety in Dorset then they can join in Dorset Community Safety Partnership’s virtual meeting on the 8 December 2010.

Anyone with any questions, concerns or general points they want to raise about crime and community safety in Dorset County can do so from the comfort of their own home by taking part in an online virtual meeting.

The meeting will be held on between 4pm and 6pm on 8 December 2010. During these times residents will be able to visit and ask questions live on the site.

The Dorset Community Safety Partnership Chair Cllr Ray Nottage will be available to answer questions, as well as representatives from partner agencies like Dorset Police, Dorset County Council, Dorset Fire & Rescue Service, the NHS, Dorset Probation Trust and Dorset Drug and Alcohol Team.

The team would like to hear from residents about any issues they may have, or points that they would like to discuss including anti-social behaviour, violent crime and community cohesion.

Councillor Ray Nottage, Chair of Dorset Community Safety Partnership said: “The Dorset Community Safety Partnership strives to make Dorset County a safer place in which to live and work and we are hoping to receive some useful feedback and comments during the meeting that will help us to achieve this.”

“During the meeting, residents of Dorset will have the opportunity to members of the partnership and raise any issues which may be affecting them in their community. People can also put forward suggestions or simply ask a question.

 “It is important that we engage with as many people as possible and a meeting held online offers an additional way to reach members of the community that would not ordinarily attend a conventional face-to-face meeting."

While Dorset residents can simply log-on to the meeting and join in to ask questions live they can also email questions and suggestions in advance to or by post to Nicky Whitley, Community Safety Team, Colliton Annex, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ. However, questions will not be answered until the event.

For those that would prefer to come to the meeting and speak to the panellists face to face, the public meeting will be held at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester 4 – 6pm.

The meeting is open to anyone from the Dorset County area – Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland.

Although not all questions may be answered during the meeting, all individuals who ask a question will receive an answer within seven days of the event.