November 2012 Martyn Underhill, the directly elected Police and
Crime Commissioner for Dorset, replaced the Dorset Police Authority
as the body charged with providing local oversight and scrutiny of
The overarching role of the PCC is to aim to cut
crime and to deliver an effective and efficient police service in
Dorset. They will do this by holding the Chief Constable and the
Force to account on behalf of local people.
is supported in undertaking these duties by staff in the Office of
the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
A Police and Crime Panel has also been established with the
principle role of providing a 'check and balance' to the role of
and to support the Commissioner in the undertaking of their
To find out more about the Police and Crime Commissioner for
Dorset, please visit the PCC website at: