The Journey So far
Over the last four years policing has changed and Dorset has faced some of the biggest challenges in policing history. A county that is changing and growing, with an ageing population. 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 will continue this progress so that Dorset remains one of the safest counties in the UK
The Journey So Far
- Dwelling burglary, theft, anti-social behavior and vehicle crime offences are DOWN in Dorset
- Police funding from Government has reduced by 20% over my term. In spite of this, Dorset Police has been rated GOOD in most areas of policing by the independent inspectorate in 2016
- Victims Bureau – enhancing services to victims – opened in 2013. An additional Victims Hub in North Dorset is now open. Public SATISFACTION in “being kept informed by Police” UP
- People in mental health crisis being taken to police cells is massively DOWN. I represent PCCs nationally in relation to mental health issues
- Neighbourhood Justice Panels EXPANDED across Dorset, bringing Restorative Justice to the public
- Over my term I have INTERACTED with 250,000 people, and I have met 35,000 constituents face to face
- Consulting with you over policing issues to give you a voice – listening to you at public events, victim surgeries, public surgeries and constituent surgeries
- National awards WINNER for PCC transparency and PCC engagement with communities
- Marine Section SAVED, with new boat “Flare” launched in 2014
- A huge rise in cybercrime against vulnerable people has led to a shift in Police resources to meet the challenge. A new cyber crime awareness campaign has been introduced for Dorset
- PCC “Rural Policing Review” bringing in BEST PRACTICE across Dorset, plus NEW rural vehicles deployed
- Over 20 communities HELPED with road safety initiatives. Community Speed Watch introduced across Dorset
- £2m a year in Government grants given to to 90 different projects across Dorset, helping to keep you safe and helping victims RECOVER
- Rural Special Constables introduced. Police Volunteer roles and numbers DOUBLED
- SUPPORT to Neighbourhood Watch schemes have increased across Dorset
- PCC led annual business conferences. INCREASED liaison with business community
- A new IT system introduced across the FORCE with IMPROVED efficiency, SAVING Police time and putting officers back onto the streets. INTRODUCING new technology such as aerial drones, body worn videos and mobile devices
- Introduced the country’s first ever PCC led Strategic Alliance with Devon and Cornwall Police. SAVINGS predicted at £15m across the Forces
Explaining Martyn's role
PCCs are elected by the public to hold their Chief Constables and the police to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. He is responsible for the totality of policing.
The PCC aims to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service for Dorset.
The PCC ensures community needs are met as effectively as possible, and he improves local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. He works in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.
Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:
- secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
- appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
- set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
- set the force budget and determine the precept;
- contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
- bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.
However, the PCC must not interfere in operational policing, that is the clear remit of the Chief Constable.
Martyn’s role as Police and Crime Commissioner can best be described under three headings, namely: POLICE – Governance based on scrutiny and challenge of the police as explained above. In addition Martyn chairs or co-chairs the strategic boards that sit across Dorset Police.
In addition to governance, Martyn holds public surgeries, victim surgeries and community days, to ensure he hears about people’s experiences in relation to policing and community safety.
At present, the PCC has no responsibility for police complaints, although the Home Secretary has announced plans for this to change after the election. This is the biggest area of conflict for Dorset constituents as, many people approach Martyn for help in this area, and he is rarely able to intervene.
AND CRIME – Joining up the dots in the criminal justice system, facilitating partnership work and lobbying MP’s.
Martyn sits on the Dorset Criminal Justice Board, and has funded the development of a new software system called Crest, which brings data from all of the agencies together to identify blockages and delays in the journey for victims through the Criminal Justice System. He also works with the local prisons, the National Probation Service and Her Majesty’s Courts. He is represented on the three Community Safety Partnerships across Dorset, which he helps fund.
Martyn is working with several local authorities to try to bring together CCTV provision in parts of Dorset, to achieve savings, consistency and to future proof the system.
COMMISSIONER – Commissioning services for victims and to reducing crime.
Martyn signed the first victims contract in England and Wales in 2015.
Martyn commissions work across Dorset from two different funds, aimed at keeping people safe, across the six policing priorities for Dorset Police. This diagram helps explain this area of work in 2015/6. The monies spent here are provided by Government grants which Martyn successfully bid for.
Martyn is supported and scrutinised and supported by the Police and Crime Panel.