To Continue to Improve Police Accessibilty and Visibilty
Policing is moving with great speed, and so is accessibility. The new Dorset Police website launches in a few weeks and will have far more capability. Soon the public will be able to report certain crimes online, and they will be able to “track their crime” online too.
But we can’t stop there. The police must explore more accessibility and I intend to push several pilot schemes, to test the functionality and public appetite for:
- Webchats with Neighbourhood Policing Teams
- Webchats with the Police and Crime Commissioner online
- Surgeries with the Police and Crime Commissioner online
- Contacting police via skype
- A volunteer group of the public who will observe/listen to contact with the police (such as 101) and report back on them.
Firstly, I pledge to keep Neighbourhood Policing teams in Dorset.
Secondly, I pledge to keep the PCSO role here in Dorset.
It is crucial that the police officers and staff are visible to the public all the time. This means we need to give them the IT and equipment to allow them to stay on the streets, not be in police stations. We have made progress and we have launched the largest ever system upgrade seen in Dorset Police but we need to build on both of those so that police deployment and briefing becomes “intelligent” and streamlined. I also pledge to pursue and progress the video enabled court scheme, allowing police to give evidence remotely.
I have moved the Neighbourhood Policing Team from the remote Boscombe Police Station to a shared hub in the centre of the community, allowing more access and visibility. We have also opened the Police Box in the centre of the precinct. I have also honoured my pledge to the people of Portland to give them a police presence on the island. I will continue this approach of bringing police to the heart of the communities they serve.
Re-Investment – Allowing More Officers
The savings that we are achieving in improved efficiency and the Strategic Alliance with Devon and Cornwall will lead to investment in some more officers in areas of changing crime. Policing numbers are at the lowest levels since the 1980’s, and I am determined to increase police officer numbers during this next term. I am determined that some of these officers are deployed to the response and neighbourhood policing teams as well
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