The Community Feedback forms part of the Force's openness and transparency in relation to its use of Stop & Search.
Frequently Asked Questions
The community feedback is a process which allows members of the community to ask for a review, to provide feedback, or seek investigation or reassurance as to the way Stop & Search is used in their community. The feedback is designed to ensure we work together to try and resolve any complaints or concerns. The feedback does not replace the complaints procedure, or your opportunity to complain to the Professional Standards Department or Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The community feedback can be provided by anyone who has been stopped and searched, who has witnessed it, or who is reporting on behalf of another who has. It can also be provided by anyone who has concerns about the use of Stop & Search in their local area.
To provide community feedback you can either email StopSearch@dorset.pnn.police.uk, telephone 101 or if you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you can textphone us on 18001 101, or write a letter to: Stop & Search Working Group, Stop Search Team, Bournemouth Police Station, Madeira Road, Bournemouth. BH1 1QL
You will need to provide sufficient information to assess your concerns. You can report issues anonymously if you wish. If you have an ongoing complaint that is already being dealt with by Dorset Police, then contact should be made here.
Once you have requested feedback, the matter will be referred to the Chairperson of the Stop Search Force Working Group who Chairs the Force Working Group on stop and search, who will assess the best method of addressing the issues raised. The issue may be passed to the local policing commander, to the Professional Standards Department, or be subject of a specific investigation, research or action. If you provide contact details then feedback will be given in all cases, and all issues reported via the community feedback process will be shared (subject to the removal of personal data) to the Independent Scrutiny Group to ensure further openness and community oversight.