Martyn At Work Nationally
Martyn Underhill is the first directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Dorset. He was elected in November 2012 as an Independent PCC.
Martyn believes that working nationally helps benefit local policing and the communities of Dorset. He is one of the busiest PCC’s on the national stage.
Martyn chairs the national PCC Working in Partnership to Reduce Crime Standing Group, which oversees such issues as mental health, alcohol, drugs, the Bluelight work with Fire and road safety.
His vice chair is David Lloyd, PCC Hertfordshire.
Martyn is vice chair of the PCC Performance Transparency and Accountability Group, which works with Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) The National Audit Office (NAO) and the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) The chair is Katy Bourne, PCC Sussex.
Martyn is also a member of the PCC Workforce Standing Group, chaired by Ian Johnston, PCC Gwent.
Martyn represents PCC’s nationally on mental health issues, and works regularly with Ministers, the National Police Chiefs Council and the College of Policing. On behalf of PCC’s, he signed the Crisis Care Concordat in 2014.
The ACPO Review
Nationally, Martyn was one of three PCCs responsible for the review and restructure of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The 3 PCC’s commissioned the Parker Review, which then led to the creation of a new organisation called the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)
Martyn sat on the ACPO Transition Board, until the NPCC was formed, and now sits on the NPCC Audit and Assurance Board.
Martyn is the chair of the Independent Custody Visitors Association (ICVA)
ICVA represents custody visitors across the UK. He became chair in 2014, having joined the Board of ICVA in 2013.
As such he sits on the Ministerial Board for Deaths in Custody and the National Preventative Mechanism (NPM) Board.
Other National Work
Martyn sits on the College of Policing Professional Committee with Katy Bourne, PCC Sussex.
Martyn is passionate about scrutiny of the Police use of force and of taking people into custody. He has therefore represented PCCs on various national issues concerning both areas such as:
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Use of Force Programme Board
The HMIC Vulnerable Persons in Custody Expert Reference Group
The Home Secretary’s Review of the National Appropriate Adults Network (NAAN)
He has also assisted the Home Office and Ministers in exploring the collection of data in relation to people detained in custody suites.
Martyn has also worked with Black Mental Health UK and the Home Secretary in relation to the scrutiny and use of Taser.
As a result of the national work above, Dorset Police procedures in relation to the use of Taser, custody visiting and mental health have been improved.