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Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill launches police and crime plan

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has today unveiled his five-year Police and Crime plan to keep Dorset safe.

There are six priorities. They are to reduce the number of victims of crime; reduce the number of people seriously harmed; to protect the public from serious threats; reduce re-offending; increase people’s satisfaction in policing and to support Neighbourhood Policing.

Mr Underhill said: “We need to work together to keep Dorset safe. My vision is for a Dorset where people feel safe, both at home and in the community.”

In the run up to the election last November, Martyn Underhill made manifesto commitments to the public. Since being elected into office, Mr Underhill has been working to deliver the promises he made to the people of Dorset during the election campaign.

In writing the Police and Crime Plan, Martyn Underhill has consulted the public, partner agencies and the Chief Constable. The draft was considered by the Police & Crime Panel, who supported the objectives the Commissioner was keen to focus on.

Mr Underhill added: “I want to see a more visible force which operates in the heart of the community, fighting crime and providing reassurance.  Through the recruitment of 250 additional Special Constables, we will see the ‘bobbies on the beat’ that the people of Dorset desire. Neighbourhood policing is important, for reassurance and to cut crime.

“I also want to see the number of victims reduced, but for those who do become victims, we need to support them every step of the way.”

Dorset Police Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “I’ve worked closely with the PCC to ensure we have a Police and Crime Plan in place which will deliver a quality service to our communities.

“Our committed team of officers, police staff, volunteers and special constables will continue to work together with our partners and communities to make Dorset safer and this plan will help to shape how we continue to deliver our policing service in Dorset.”

The Police & Crime Plan can be found on the Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner′s website.