On (Tuesday March 29) Martyn Underhill, incumbent Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, officially launched his election campaign as an independent candidate to seek a second term of office. His manifesto includes […]
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It has been my task and privilege to be your Police and Crime Commissioner. Since my appointment we have seen huge changes in policing, and severe funding cuts. Now that funding has stabilised, Dorset Police needs to continue adapting to the new threats of cyber crime and working to protect the vulnerable. As an ex-police officer, and your current PCC, I am well placed to continue the journey to keep you safe.
THE JOURNEY SO FAR - AT A GLANCE
Dorset has faced some of the biggest challenges in policing history. A digital revolution is creating new threats and changing how our police investigate crime not just in our villages and towns but across the globe. The capability to cause harm has few boundaries and can affect multiple victims, especially those who are vulnerable. Policing has had to embrace these changes at a time when the budget has reduced – adapting, prioritising and reforming.
I have interacted with 250,000 people, and I have met 35,000 constituents face to face. Consulting with you over policing issues – giving you a voice – listening to you at public events, victim surgeries, public surgeries and constituent surgeries. I have won national awards for PCC transparency via my website and PCC engagement with the communities of Dorset .
Police funding from Government has reduced by 20% over my term. In spite of this, the independent inspectorate finds Dorset Police to be “good” in most areas of policing, including investigating and preventing crime, the appropriate use of force and the use of stop and search powers. (HMIC Feb 2016) Burglary dwelling, theft, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour offences are all down in Dorset since 2012.
SERVICE OF LAST RESORT
Mental Health continues to dominate the policing agenda. I have introduced support to victims of crime with serious mental health issues, helping to keep them safe from repeat victimisation. With partners, I have funded a new “street triage scheme” here in Dorset. This has dramatically reduced the amount of people taken into police cells in crisis, and helped ensure health professionals deal with mental health crisis, not police officers.
THE VICTIM JOURNEY
We opened the second Victims Bureau in England and Wales in 2013, catering for, and updating our victims. Victims Bureau Phase 2 comes soon, as the Bureau moves into new premises in Boscombe. We now have a Victims Hub in Blandford as well, which opened last year. As PCC I have commissioned specialist counselling for child victims of both sexual and domestic abuse.
I have introduced a new IT system across the Force, improving efficiency, saving Police time, putting officers back onto the streets. I have introduced new technology such as aerial drones, body worn videos and mobile devices. We have also entered the first ever PCC led Policing Strategic Alliance, with Devon and Cornwall Police, bringing predicted savings of £15m across the Forces.
POLICING IN NUMBERS
The number of police officers currently in Dorset
The amount of funding lost since 2012
The number of Police Volunteers
The number of Special Constables in Dorset
The number of non-urgent calls received each day
The number of crimes each day in Dorset
The budget set for Dorset Police this year (2016/17)
The number of incidents each day in Dorset
The number of 999 calls received each day
The position of Dorset Police nationally based on residents who feel their “local police do a good or excellent job”
The amount of children under the age of 18yrs old in mental health crisis taken to police custody since April 2015
The number of frauds reported in Dorset from Sept 2014 to Sept 2015
Read Martyn’s view on various issues here, or for views over a longer period, read his blogs on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner page HERE.