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January 15, 2022

Appeal For Witnesses Following Fatal Collision In Christchurch

Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward after a fatal road traffic collision in Christchurch.

Dorset Police received a report at 11.38am on Thursday 13 January 2022 of a collision involving a Mercedes Sprinter van and a pedestrian in Airfield Way.

Very sadly, the pedestrian – a local woman aged in her 70s – was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family has been informed.

The male van driver – aged in his 50s – was not physically injured.

Police Sergeant Sarah Jones, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the woman who very sadly died in this collision.

“We are carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what happened and would urge any witnesses to please come forward.

“I would also ask motorists or businesses in the vicinity to please check their dashcams or CCTV systems for any footage that may be relevant to my enquiries.

“Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while the road closure is in place. This is absolutely necessary to allow emergency services to deal with the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/, via email SCIT@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 13:175. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.


Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

January 11, 2022

Scam Information

Please be wary of scams involving messages which seem to be from a family member/friend asking for money or vouchers.

Criminals try to contact victims by email, WhatsApp message, and other forms of messaging, purporting to be known to the recipient and giving a storyline for a (normally emotive or emergency) reason why they need money.
The fraudsters normally pretend to be in a hurry, most likely to entice their victims to take immediate action, asking for money to be transferred or for vouchers to be purchased and for the codes to be given to them.

This is a scam, please be wary of any similar messages of this type. If you receive a message asking you to financially help someone or asking you to purchase something please make contact with them in person or via a telephone call to verify they are who they say they are.

If you believe you may have been a victim to fraud please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you have any concerns please email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or via the Dorset police website.

Message Sent By:
Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)


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Precept Live

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick will be joined by the Chief Superintendents for both the Dorset and BCP areas this week in a Facebook Live chat to talk about precept and policing in your area.

At 7pm on Wednesday the 12 January, the PCC will be joined by Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan to talk about how precept funding will affect BCP and again at 7pm on Thursday the 13 January, he will be joined by Chief Superintendent Richard Bell to talk about how precept will affect the Dorset area.

To ensure that both distinctive areas of the county are covered, the events have been split across two days to ensure residents have the chance to ask area specific questions and find out more about how precept funding will be used in their community.

Follow ‘Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner’ or ‘Dorset Police’ on Facebook or the Dorset Police YouTube account from 7pm on Wednesday 12 January for BCP and Thursday 13 January for Dorset and pop your questions in the feed when we go live.

Message Sent By:
Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

January 10, 2022

Have You Had Your Say ?

The Police and Crime Commissioner launched the Precept survey a couple of weeks ago and would like to thank all those who have already taken part and shared your views.

If you haven’t had your say, then there is still time to do so.

Please click on this link and complete the survey, it will only take a couple of minutes – your opinion is very much valued.

Should the above link not work - try this one
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DAPrecept22

Thank you


Message Sent By:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

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Busting Some Precept Myths

Happy New Year to everyone and let’s hope it is a great one for us all.

I would just quickly like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the police officers and staff who worked over the Christmas and the New Year period.

Whilst many of us were enjoying the festive season, they were there doing what they do every day of the year – protecting us and fighting crime.

So, I think it wholly appropriate, and I know many of you will join with me in thanking them for all they do.

In my blog this week, I want to try and address some of the comments that I have seen on social media and some of the misheld beliefs that a small number of people have about precept funding and Dorset Police.

The top three questions so far have been -

You just want the money to build a new headquarters – don’t you?
Why don’t we see more police officers on our streets?
Why are you asking me for money – the Government should pay for policing.


You just want the money to build a new headquarters – don’t you?

There is a proposal for a new headquarters building at Winfrith, however, the new building will not be funded by precept. There are other options available to us because it is a capital expenditure and ultimately by taking these steps, we will increase efficiency and value for money overall.

Put plainly, it’s time for the whole of the Dorset police estate to be brought up to scratch.

The joint ‘Estates Futures’ programme, of which the new headquarters building is only a part, will deliver a range of benefits to communities over several years, and ensure that police teams are located in the right places and have access to the necessary equipment and technology to maximise their time out in communities.

Both myself and the Chief Constable have committed to enabling more officers to be out in communities, more of the time, and this programme together with the development of the two local policing areas will deliver this. Part of the programme will be a full estates review that works with local communities to identify opportunities to increase face-to-face engagement through front counters, which may be flexibly located in more populated areas not necessarily within police stations.

A range of improvements will be made in local police stations such as better technology, more lockers and flexible working spaces to help optimise the time in stations each shift, plus respite areas to help officers deal with traumatic incidents.

Many of the current police buildings are in use far beyond their planned lifespan and, in particular, the 60-year-old headquarters building at Winfrith currently costs more to maintain than it would do to knock down and replace with a more energy efficient and sustainable building.

Other buildings that are no longer cost effective will be sold, and the proceeds used to modernise and invest in new facilities, including jointly with emergency services and council partners, where possible. Any such changes, however, will be designed to increase police visibility and connectivity with local communities.

Modernisation and investment in the Dorset estate must happen, due to the shockingly poor condition of some of the current buildings and the ongoing maintenance costs caused by years of austerity. ‘Make do and mend’ is no longer a viable option.

It is therefore vital to modernise our police estate by providing new buildings which will be fit for modern policing. It’s well known that sub-standard buildings and equipment can lead to wasted time and inefficiency, and by offering up-to-date technology and facilities the Force will improve communication to residents both in person and online, allowing them more time to engage directly and ensure all victims and communities are supported and have a voice.

The public have repeatedly told me that they want to feel more connected to their police and that visibility is something that they wish to improve. These improvements, along with the ongoing recruitment of extra officers and better mobile technology will enable Dorset Police to better meet those expectations.

Why don’t we see more police officers on our streets?

I am delighted to say that Dorset now has the highest number of officers it has had, for the past 10 years that will continue to increase as the uplift recruitment continues.
I am also please that nearly half of all the successful applications were from women. I am also incredibly encouraged to see that applications from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups are growing as it is vital that policing truly reflects the people it serves.

One of the six main priorities of my Police and Crime Plan is to make policing more visible and connected. I have made a commitment to ensure that these new officers will be used to maximise community policing, multi-agency working, and frontline deployment and I am dedicated to ensuring that these officers will be at the forefront of improving police visibility to the community and in the community.

There is an agreement in principle that the new officers go direct into the Neighbourhood Policing Teams – exactly where they are needed.

Improving connectivity to the community will also happen through making improvements to the Neighbourhood Engagement Commitment initiative, which sets out how communities can communicate as effectively as possible with their local officers.

There is a lot of work happening to make police officers and staff more visible and more connected and I am determined to make sure that through better connectivity with the community, residents feel safer and better protected by Dorset police.

Some residents have told me they are already seeing a difference, but this is a work in progress and I will be driving for consistency for all our communities as the extra resources come on board.

Why are you asking me for money – the Government should pay for policing.

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, Police and Crime Commissioners must set the force budget and determine the precept.
It is then my job to make sure Dorset Police has the necessary resources to meet increased demand and ensure offenders are apprehended.

Dorset is the second least funded from the national government grant. We are 40 out of 41 forces. That means a more significant proportion of the police funding needs to come from the precept.

The majority of government grant increase received in 2022/23 is expected to be focussed on delivery of the government’s manifesto pledge to deliver 20,000 officers nationally.
However, that funding will not cover "unavoidable" cost increases such as inflationary pressures, which are particularly high at the moment, and the costs that enable the recruitment of those new officers, such as training, equipment, vehicles etc.

My job is to ensure every penny counts for Dorset and also to continue to lobby for a fairer funding system, so over the past few months I have been talking to local MP's and they have been talking to government, and I have been talking to government and making it clear that the national funding formula needs to change.

The system is currently under review, but that review will take some time and until then we have the situation where we are the second worst funded force in the country from the point of view of national funding.

It is not just about business as usual however as I had a clear mandate to address the priorities that the people of Dorset asked for. I am determined to do that whether it be strengthening neighbourhood policing to more effectively cut crime and anti-social behaviour, fighting drugs and violence on our streets and in our homes, fighting rural crime or increasing the visibility and connectivity of Dorset police with the communities they serve. These can and will be delivered but I need your help to do it.

Please do take the survey - and make sure you have your say!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DAPrecept22

Thank you
David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner



Message Sent By:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

January 7, 2022

Scam Information - NHS Covid Pass

Criminals are using the NHS COVID Pass to target the public by convincing them to hand over money, financial details and personal information.

REMEMBER: The NHS COVID Pass is FREE and available through the official NHS app (which should only be downloaded through your usual app store), the NHS website or by calling 119. You can find more information by visiting www.nhs.uk/nhscovidpass. The pass is not mandatory and you won’t be fined for not having one.

If you suspect you have been contacted about a fraudulent NHS COVID Pass, follow these steps:
If you’ve received a phone call, hang up
If you’ve received an email, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk
If you’ve received a text message, forward it to 7726

If you’ve fallen victim to fraud, report online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.
You can find more information about the NHS COVID Pass scam on the Action Fraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/covidpassfraud


Message Sent By:
Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

January 1, 2022

Appeal Following Reported Hate Crime Incident In Christchurch


Officers investigating a reported hate crime incident in Christchurch are appealing for a cyclist who stopped to help to come forward.

At around 12pm on Wednesday 22 December 2021 the victim was walking along Bingham Road toward Somerford Road when he passed another man who said something the victim did not hear because he was wearing headphones.
When the victim, a local man aged in his 40s, asked the man what he had said, the suspect is alleged to have become aggressive and racially abusive.

An unknown man who was cycling along the road at the time, is reported to have stopped and intervened but left the scene before officers arrived.

A 38-year-old man from Christchurch has been identified and is due to attend a police station for a voluntarily interview.

Police Constable Oliver Lamb, of Dorset Police, said: “This cyclist stopped during the incident to help the victim and I would ask them to please come forward as I believe they may have important information that could assist my investigation.

“I would also ask anyone else who witnessed the incident to please get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210204485. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

Message Sent By:
Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

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Precept - Making Every Penny Count

When I became Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2021, I immediately set about creating my Police and Crime Plan which was formally published in November and can be seen here.

My plan focuses on six key priorities to make my ambitious vision for Dorset a reality; I want to make Dorset the safest county.

Over the many weeks and months, since becoming PCC, I have engaged in hundreds of conversations with residents, communities, and businesses - each one helping inform me of the issues that matter most to you. Inspired by these invaluable insights, I worked with my team to capture all the priority concerns and expectations to ensure I focus my future work with the Force, on the things that really matter and really make a difference. I am confident that my plan will improve policing, crime prevention and enforcement in Dorset; making it the safest county to live, work, study, and visit.

As we move into a New Year and look to the future, I would like to share some further commitments, specifically focussed on the proposed 2022/23 police funding and spending plans. The Government has announced the budget for policing, which presumes that PCCs will raise the precept by £10 a year. If this is approved in the New Year, it would mean that Dorset’s precept (the portion of your council tax that funds your local police service) will rise by £10 for residents living in a Band D property. In real terms, that means I am asking you for 83p a month.

I would dearly love not to have to come to you asking for any extra money to pay for policing, but the simple truth is that if I am to deliver on the priorities you told me are important, then I will need every one of those 83 pennies.

I believe, now is the time for Dorset to look forward, be bold, build on its strengths and successes, and create an even brighter and safer future for all. I believe this is achievable if we all work together and contribute where we can to improve future policing in our neighbourhoods.

Every one of those 83 pennies will boost police funding in Dorset and will be spent wisely. They will be fully aligned with my vision and the commitments of my Police and Crime Plan, so during 2022 and beyond, you can expect to experience improvements in the following key policing areas:

Neighbourhood Policing, for example: Neighbourhood policing teams and neighbourhood enforcement teams will be enhanced and expanded to reduce and investigate crime and fight ASB in our villages, towns and commercial, business and retail parks.

Customer services, for example: Public engagement and contact management systems will be transformed to improve accessibility, including better on-line reporting, live chat messaging and ‘pop-up’ community contact hubs as well as improved non-emergency 101 and 999 emergency responses.

Reducing violent crime, for example: Investing in a new a County Lines Task Force to further fight organised drug supply and related crime coming into our county and enhancing and expanding capacity to better protect and safeguard children from online sex predators and make more effective use of specialist resources and partnership initiatives to better protect women and girls from violence, sexual assault, and drink spiking.

Improve rural crime fighting, for example: Expanding the dedicated rural crime team and investing in new technologies to better connect with, protect and respond to rural communities and business owners.

Putting victims and communities first, for example: Investing in new digital evidence technologies, crime investigation and victim care capabilities to help officers bring more offenders to justice for their crimes.

I look forward to a very productive and positive 2022, delivering further service improvements to communities across Dorset.

That just leaves me to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and safe new year and to thank you for your continued interest and support in shaping the future of policing in Dorset.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DAPrecept22

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


Message Sent By:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

December 23, 2021

Are You Leaving The Door Open For Hackers?

Why are software updates important?


Software updates are an important part of staying secure online. But why? You’ll often hear about the new features or performance improvements in a software update, but what isn’t talked about as often are the bug fixes and security improvements. Out-of-date software and apps contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack. Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out.

Why would cyber criminals target me?

Your device contains a lot of personal data that is highly valuable if it fell into the hands of a fraudster. The likelihood is your device will contain your full name, date of birth, address, bank details, passwords, as well as many other forms of personal data such as private photos or videos.

Improve your online security by using automatic software updates

We understand it can sometimes be annoying to remember to update your devices every time a new update is released, that’s why we encourage you to enable automatic updates wherever it’s available. That means you don’t have to manually install updates every time they’re released.



For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware



Message Sent By:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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Do You Know Where To Report Scam Messages?

Festive greetings!

As 2021 draws to a close, we reflect on the year gone by. Communities across England and Wales have once again faced significant challenges and losses, and we want to thank every single person who has stepped up and supported their neighbours, loved ones, and colleagues throughout the year. Every small act makes a difference, especially in difficult times.

Acknowledging the amazing neighbourly spirit that has helped us weather the last 2 years, in September we launched the NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR 2021 AWARDS with Co-op Insurance, including three categories of NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR, YOUNG NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR and COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR. We were blown away by the number of people who have gone out of their way to do all they can to care for others over the past year. In case you missed it on BBC One’s Morning Live on Monday morning, we are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS in partnership with Co-op Insurance. Please open the attached PDF to see the winners and hear their stories.

We are thrilled to be celebrating Neighbourhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary next year – and we want you to join us! In celebration of our rich past, present and future, we have a range of events planned throughout the year that we would love you to get involved with. We will update on these in January, but for now make sure you mark in your diary - Neighbourhood Watch Week 2022, with the theme of 40 YEARS - 40 ACTIONS between Monday 30th May – Sunday 5th June 2022.

It is thanks to our amazing volunteers throughout England and Wales that since the first scheme was set up in Mollington, Cheshire in 1982, we have continued to support communities and adapt to the ever-changing nature of crime. And we look forward to supporting communities for the next 40 years!

With many people facing isolation and loneliness again this season, we ask you to consider not who is my neighbour, but how is my neighbour, and support them how you can (always prioritising your own safety of course).

All the Central Support Team and I would like to wish you a safe and festive season and a Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

Thank you and see you in 2022!

John Hayward-Cripps,
CEO, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK


Attachments
Neighbour of the Year Awards 2021 Winners.pdf

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Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales)

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Follow us on our social channels ( ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn)
Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

December 20, 2021

Do You Know Where To Report Scam Messages?

Fake emails and text messages are a common tactic used by cyber criminals, their goal is often to convince you to click a link. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords and personal information.

In order to try and convince you that their messages are legitimate, criminals will pretend to be someone you trust, or from some organisation you trust. This could be your Internet Service Provider (ISP), local council, even a friend in need. And they may contact you by phone call, email or text message.

Reporting suspicious emails:

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it by forwarding the email to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at: report@phishing.gov.uk

As of 31st October 2021, the number of suspicious email reports stands at more than 8,100,000, with the removal of more than 67,000 scams and 124,000 URLs.

Thank you for your continued support.

*In a small number of cases, an email may not reach our service due to it already being widely recognised by spam detection services. The vast majority of reports do reach our system so please keep reporting any suspicious emails you receive.

Reporting suspicious text messages:

You can report suspicious text messages to your mobile network provider, for free, by forwarding the text to 7726.

If you forward a text, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious. If 7726 doesn’t work, you can find out how to report a text message by contacting your provider.

(On many Android devices and iPhones, pressing and holding on the message bubble should present the option to forward the message)

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website:
ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

December 18, 2021

PCC Asks For 83P A Month To Provide An Enhanced Police Service

When I became Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2021, I knew that a significant part of my Police and Crime Plan would be dedicated to ‘Making Every Penny Count'.

I also promised the people of Dorset to be transparent when it came to funding the police force and I intend to honour that promise.

The majority of government grant increase received in 2022/23 is expected to be focussed on delivery of the government’s manifesto pledge to deliver 20,000 officers nationally. This will enable the Dorset Police to enhance some of its services to the public and increase visibility within the community.

However, it will not cover unavoidable cost increases such as inflationary pressures, which are particularly high at the moment, and the costs that enable the recruitment of those new officers, such as training, equipment, vehicles and changes to the buildings that those officers will use.

Such costs will have to be met primarily from local council tax, because, if they are not, reductions in service will be required which will significantly reduce the impact of the incoming officers within our communities.

The Government has announced the budget for policing, which presumes that PCCs will raise the precept by £10 a year. If approved in the new year, this would mean Dorset’s precept – the element of the council tax bill that funds policing – will rise by £10 a year for those living in an average Band D property.

The plans for how the precept funding will be spent, have been aligned with my Police and Crime Plan, a plan which was formed after speaking with, and hearing from, thousands of people who live and work throughout Dorset.

Raising precept by £10, means that I am asking you for 83p a month – which will:

Strengthen Neighbourhood Policing:
- By Embedding local Neighbourhood Policing Teams in communities and expanding the Neighbourhood Enforcement Teams to prevent and fight ASB and crime

Improve Customer Service:
- By transforming public engagement and contact management systems to improve accessibility, including improved on-line reporting, live chat messaging, ‘pop up’ community contact hubs and improved services to 101 and emergency response

Fight Violent Crime & High Harm:
- By investing in a new County Lines Task force targeting organised drug supply
- By increasing capability into protecting and safeguarding children from online sex predators
- By better use of specialist resources and partnership initiatives to help protect women and girls from violence, sexual assault, and drink spiking

Fight Rural Crime:
- By expanding the rural crime team to protect local communities and business owners

Put Victims and Communities First:
- By investing in digital evidence, crime investigation capability and victim care to bring more offenders to justice.

I would dearly love not to have to come to you to ask for any extra money to pay for policing, but the simple truth is that if I am to deliver on the priorities you told me were important to you, then I will need every one of those 83 pennies.

It’s time for Dorset to look forward and plan for a brighter, safer future, but I cannot do that without your help to fund the future of policing in your neighbourhood, so please take a few moments to complete the survey – your opinion is very much valued.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DAPrecept22

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

December 16, 2021

Ninety-Six Per Cent of Dorset Residents Report They Feel Safe In Their Communities

Ninety-six per cent of Dorset residents state they feel safe in their communities, according to the 2020/21 Community Safety Survey, which was completed by Dorset residents earlier this year.

There has been a significant improvement in how the public views the police, with an average of 79 per cent of respondents feeling that Dorset Police is doing a good job, which is an increase from the previous year at 55 per cent. There was also a rise in public confidence to 79 per cent, an 11 per cent improvement in the last year. Furthermore, 77 per cent of respondents stated that they feel relations between people and the police in their neighbourhood is good, a 19 per cent increase in the last year.

When asked if Dorset Police is ‘doing a good job’, respondents from all county areas responded positively and reported an overall increase. For example, East Dorset reached 88 per cent, an increase of 24 per cent from the previous year.
In the survey, a series of questions were asked as statements to help understand how respondents felt about Dorset Police. All ten statements saw an increase, with a few standing out. There was a 24 per cent increase to 83 per cent of responses stating that Dorset Police ‘provides you with the information you need’. Additionally, there was a rise of 15 per cent to 70 per cent of respondents who felt they could rely on the police. Respondents who agreed that the police would ‘treat you with respect’ increased by 4 per cent to 89 per cent.

The full article can be seen via the Dorset police website here.

Message Sent By:
Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

December 11, 2021

Wishing Everyone A Safe Christmas

We want everyone to have a fun and festive Christmas, and we want you all to be able to celebrate safely.
We’ve put together some key safety messaging in the run up to the festive period to make sure that you, your family and friends and your belongings are safe.
Would-be thieves use the goodwill of the Christmas season to target people and their belongings. Follow this advice to deter them:


Keep bags and belongings close by when out and about and stay aware of your surroundings.

Make sure valuables are out of sight and consider holding bags with the fastening inwards.

Don’t leave gifts or valuables on display inside vehicles, even if you’re just stepping away for a brief moment – it’s surprising just how quickly thieves can target vehicles.

Always lock your vehicle when you’re not using it.

If you give or receive a valuable gift this year, make sure they’re out of view of windows and doors.
Dispose of boxes at recycling centres rather than in the weekly bin collections, as thieves could use this as a reason to target your home.

If you’re away over the festive seasons, take some time to make sure doors and windows are locked and consider using timers to switch on lights in the evening.


If you are a victim of crime, you can report it online: https://www.dorset.police.uk/contact-us
In an emergency, if life is in danger or a crime is in progress, always call 999.

In the run up to Christmas, many of us will be getting into the spirit with parties and gatherings. Officers will be on regular high-visibility patrols to make sure you’re able to have a great night out.
The darker nights can make many of us feel more concerned for our safety, but there is lots of support available. Street pastors and security guards can give you help and guidance, and our officers will always do what they can to assist you – come and say hi if you spot us on patrol.

So, please – eat, drink and be merry, but don’t let drinking too much ruin your night out.

Know your limits, be responsible and look out for one another.
Stay with your friends and don’t allow anyone to leave a gathering alone, or with someone they don’t know or trust.
Plan your journey home and make sure your friends get home safely too.

You can find out more about how to have a #SafeChristmas on our website: https://www.dorset.police.uk/christmas/
And remember, we’re always here if you need us – 24hrs a day 7 days a week, even on Christmas day. If you need us we’re here. Just go online to dorset.police.uk/contact-us or call 101.


Message Sent By:
Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

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Two Dorset Police Officers Have Been Nominated For The National Police Federation Bravery Awards on Thursday 9 December 2021

Sergeant Paul Linpower and Police Constable Lee Mather attended an address in Bournemouth on Friday 18 April 2019 to support care workers responding to a man suffering a mental health episode, who was behaving in a violent and threatening manner.
Upon arriving at the scene, the officers found the man had occupied the kitchen of the building, which was shared by other residents including families with children. Several toxic fires had been started in the kitchen and the man was holding a large knife, which he used to threaten and lunge at the officers.

Unfortunately, the situation quickly escalated placing the man and other occupants to the building at risk. Responding to the immediate threat to life, Sergeant Linpower and Police Constable Mather took swift and decisive action. They donned protective equipment, entered the kitchen and detained the man. This enabled the fire service to enter the room and distinguish the fires.

Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “I am very proud of Sergeant Paul Linpower and Police Constable Lee Mather for the exceptional bravery and professionalism they demonstrated during this incident. Their quick actions had a real impact on the safety and welfare of the man and all those members of public within the building.
“I am truly humbled and delighted they are being recognised for their outstanding commitment to keeping people safe, regardless of the risks to their own safety. They represent the very best of Dorset Police.”


Message Sent By:
Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

December 8, 2021

Dorset Police and Merseyside Police Op Targets County Lines Gangs Across The County

Dorset Police has been working with Merseyside Police to target county lines gangs from the Merseyside area dealing drugs in Dorset. The operation – part of Merseyside’s Project Medusa – saw gangs targeted on the road and rail networks with Dorset officers working alongside colleagues from Merseyside to disrupt drug dealing, arrest gang members, seize weapons and protect vulnerable people who were being exploited. Over the course of the two-day operation:

15 arrests were made
8 vehicles were seized
A warrant was carried out which resulted in the seizure of approximately £1,000 in cash, a small quantity of suspected class A drugs, and an imitation firearm
A street search of a suspect resulted in an arrest when seven wraps of suspected class A drugs were discovered. Further searches at the suspect’s property revealed more drug paraphernalia including scales
Quantities of suspected drugs, cash and stolen property were seized
Over 50 safe and well checks of vulnerable people were carried out.

To read the full article please see via the Dorset police website here.

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Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

December 7, 2021

A New Deputy Chief Constable Has Been Appointed By Dorset Police

After a highly competitive process, Chief Constable Scott Chilton has announced that Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya has been successfully selected as the new Deputy Chief Constable for Dorset Police.

A number of candidates applied for the position within the Executive team and went through a rigorous appointment process. The final decision was made by the selection panel, consisting of Chief Constable Scott Chilton, Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick, Nicole Cornelius, Chief People Officer at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.
A second stakeholder panel of partners from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, BCP Council, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset Ethics Chair supported the decision.
Chief Constable Scott Chilton said “I am thrilled to announce that Sam de Reya has been selected as the new Deputy Chief Constable, Sam shares my approach on being tough on crime and doing everything we can to make Dorset an even safer county.”

Sam de Reya was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Dorset Police in April 2020 and stepped up as temporary Deputy Chief Constable in August 2021 pending this selection process. Prior to this she has spent the last several years in Devon & Cornwall Police as Chief Superintendent and Commander leading frontline policing services, investigation, neighbourhood policing and partnerships.
As a senior female police officer and former gender representative of the Police Superintendents’ Association, Sam is actively involved in supporting equal opportunities and inclusion. She established the South West Women in Leadership programme in 2013, to help female police personnel to fulfil their full potential.

Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya said “I’m delighted to be stepping up to the substantive Deputy Chief Constable role to continue to lead and support our workforce and communities and to deliver the best possible service to keep everyone safe in Dorset.”

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Counter Terrorism Policing and Community Vigilance Action Counter Terrorism Webinar

We are delighted to invite you to attend a webinar this Thursday 9th December, 5-6pm on Counter-Terrorism Policing and Community Vigilance: Action Counters Terrorism.

The webinar will be held on Microsoft Teams with expert presenters from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and Counter-Terrorism Policing Communications.

Counter-Terrorism Policing is a collaboration of UK police forces working with the UK intelligence community to help protect the public and our national security by preventing, deterring and investigating terrorist activity.

The webinar will outline our Counter Terrorism Policing efforts from a national and local perspective and the current terrorist threat.

In addition to explaining how their staff and officers keep you safe, they will address how you can protect yourself and others by utilising their free resources and remaining vigilant. There will an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

Visit ourwatch.org.uk/webinars to book your place now!


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November 30, 2021

Appeal For Witnesses and Cctv Following Breaks To Garages In Christchurch

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a number of breaks to garages in Christchurch.

A total of 15 reports have been made to the Force that garages in Chantry Close, Oakwood Road and Latimers Close were broken into overnight between the evening of Friday 26 November and the morning of Saturday 27 November 2021.

In some incidents the locks of the garages, most of which are located in blocks, were forced and entry was gained. Enquiries are underway to establish whether anything has been stolen.

Detective Constable Christian Bryant, of the Priority Crime Team, said: “Many of the garages that were targeted are in blocks and we believe that the offender or offenders tried to gain entry to multiple garages during this time frame.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the area between the relevant times to please contact Dorset Police.

“I would also ask residents to check their home CCTV systems and get in touch if they have footage that may be useful to my investigation.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be carrying out their regular patrols over the coming days and can be approached with any concerns.”

For more information on how to protect your property, please visit: https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/home-property/protect-your-home/

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210191054. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.


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Over A Thousand Young People Took Part In Prevention Workshops As Part of Opsceptre

Police officers from Dorset Police delivered a knife and firearms prevention workshop to over 1,700 young people across the county as part of the recent national knife crime week of action - Op Sceptre.

The workshops which took place between Monday 15 and Sunday 21 November 2021 formed part of the Force’s educational plan to show young people the consequences of carrying a knife and prevent them from becoming a victim of crime, as well as explaining the laws around knives and weapons.

Alongside the workshops, officers conducted intelligence led operational activity targeting habitual knife carriers and carrying out stop and search activity in key areas.

Communities were also reminded about the changes in legislation which came into effect in July this year, making it an offence to possess certain items, such as knuckledusters, throwing stars and zombie knives, even in a private place. Guidance on basic laws on knives, banned knives and weapons and legitimate reasons for carrying a knife can be found on the Government’s website - www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives.

Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan said: “Dorset is one of the safest places to live and work and whilst knife crime is relatively low compared to other areas of the country, we are not complacent.

“Whilst we undertook this activity as part of the national week of action, preventative work and knife crime campaigns run throughout the year and form part of the proactive approach we take to reducing knife crime.

“We would suggest if anyone has any knives which they wish to dispose of they should take these to their local recycling centre or safely package and dispose of in household waste.”

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November 28, 2021

Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Today PCSOs Sarah and Anna have spoken to a number of residents in the Chantry Close due to a garage crime series where approximately 50 garages were broken into.

This occurred in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 27th November.

Please report any suspicious activity and information about this through our Dorset Police website. #6093 #5331 #OnTheBeatDorset #christchurchpolice

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November 27, 2021

Online Shopping - Cyber Crime Prevention

I am delighted that Chris Conroy, Dorset Polices' Cyber Crime Protect and Prevention Officer, has agreed to provide a guest blog on avoiding the pitfalls of shopping online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

David Sidwick - PCC



It’s that time of year again. Christmas is fast approaching and, inevitably, minds are starting to turn to Christmas shopping.

A recent survey found that as many as 49% of us plan to do our Christmas shopping exclusively on line this year. That’s a huge number of people turning to the internet to tick off those wish lists!

Of course, it’s easy to see why. It could be that people are particularly keen to avoid crowded shops nowadays. It could also be that people are keen to avoid listening to Christmas music in November. Most likely though, it will be because of the incredible savings that can be made online.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become huge events in their own right in the UK. Many of us are now flocking to the internet to cash in on the discounts on offer. However, it’s important to remember that consumers like you and I aren’t the only people looking to cash in on these days.

In 2020, online shopping and auction fraud hit its highest point in November. Whilst these online shopping events provided us with opportunities to bag a bargain, a surge in traffic to online stores also provides the perfect conditions for cyber criminals and fraudsters.

So, if you’re among the 49% who won’t be braving the high street this year, what can you do to keep yourself safe? Fear not, because that’s precisely what we’re going to look at in this latest guest blog.

We’ll start with the golden rule – Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Have you received an email offering you gift cards for reputable stores? Or perhaps a previously unknown store, offering significant discounts? These are just some of the tricks cyber criminals will pull to get hold of your personal data. Check those emails carefully, and look out for these tell-tale signs of a phish:

Impersonal greetings, like “Dear Customer”
Subject lines that suggest you’ve requested the email (e.g. “RE: Your voucher”).
Poor spelling or grammar
Poor formatting and design
Questionable links or email addresses (e.g. Ones that don’t seem to match the company the offer claims to be from).

That last point is one to really bear in mind. Hover your mouse over any links in an email and see if they look like you’d really expect them to. If they read like they might relate to something entirely different, be suspicious!

As for those websites offering significant discounts, ask yourself why or how they are able to undercut other companies? It may be completely above board, however it’s worth bearing in mind that they may be selling counterfeit goods. More likely than not though, it might be that you place your order and the items simply never arrive.

It can be hard to shop for presents online, particularly if you’re shopping for an item you’re unfamiliar with. Let’s say, for example, you’re buying trading cards for your child. How can you know for sure that a site is legitimate? Short of asking the child, and ruining a surprise, options are somewhat limited. This is where Google (or whatever flavour of search engine you prefer) is your friend. If you’re considering using an unfamiliar website, search or it and add the word “reviews” to your query and see what comes back. If you get a sea of positive feedback, you can be fairly sure the site is safe to use. Overwhelmingly negative feedback, or a complete lack of reviews altogether, would be a clear indication that the site is best avoided.

Ok… So, you’ve found a website you’re pretty confident about. You’ve got your items in your basket, and you’re ready to pay. For added peace of mind, consider using a credit card. If you’re spending over £100, Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act allows you to claim against your credit provider should an item fail to arrive, or not be as described. If you haven’t got a credit card, try using PayPal. They also have a range of measures in place to help protect the buyer in the event of something not going quite to plan.

And lastly, do your best to hand over as little information as possible. Sure, the website needs to know who you are, where you live, and how you plan to pay, but it doesn’t need to keep hold of that information! If you’re able to do so, consider checking out as a guest. Websites will often try to encourage you to sign up for an account, using discount codes and special offers as a lure, but this is sometimes best avoided.

If your information isn’t retained by a website, there’s less chance of your data being exposed in the event of a security breach. This won’t make your online shopping any safer, necessarily, but it can pay dividends down the line should something eventually go wrong for that online store.

And there you have it. Some of our top tips to help keep you safe whilst you’re online shopping. Keep these points in mind whilst you’re bargain hunting, and you’ll stand a better chance of staying safe whilst you’re at it. For added peace of mind, take a look at the advice and guidance available from in the NCSCs Cyber Aware campaign
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware

This campaign features six relatively simple tips that can help to keep your online accounts safe and secure.

Oh, and one last thing - I know it’s still too early for this, being as it’s November, but have a very Merry Christmas!

Stay safe out there.


Chris Conroy
Cyber Crime Protect and Prevention Officer

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)
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16 Days and Beyond

This weeks blog marks the start of 16 Days of Action and White Ribbon Day.

The 25th of November 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign, which focuses on raising awareness about violence against women. The same date also sees the launch of White Ribbon Day, where men are asked to make the ‘White Ribbon Promise’ to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women and so to reflect the work of these important campaigns and my blog this week centres specifically on the work that is going on across Dorset to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

Over the past few years, I have spoken frequently and unequivocally about my desire to address violence against women and girls. I have pledged to do all that I can, as Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner, to ensure that this county is the safest in England and Wales – there is no doubt that this means that women of any age must be safe, and feel safe, whether on a night out, walking home or in their own homes.

The first thing I would like to place on record, is that it is not up to women to find inventive ways to ‘stay safe’. There is a deep attitudinal, behavioural, change that is required across our society. And, nationwide, we need to understand and then tackle the reasons behind why so many young men – and it is, typically, younger men – commit terrible crimes against women.

Since being elected in May, I have been working on implementing my Police and Crime Plan, which has at its heart priorities on tackling violence, domestic abuse, stalking and other high harm areas such as VAWG. Further, the Plan makes clear my expectations for those serving in the Force to have the highest professional standards and, for Dorset Police to demonstrate legitimacy in all its work.

The list of work that has gone on since becoming PCC is both extensive and important and begins with the Force reviewing its VAWG strategy and working with partners to implement a refreshed delivery plan.

I am really pleased to say that there have been some significant developments when it comes to partnership working in this space. I alongside my fellow PCCs in Wiltshire and Hampshire, have commissioned an external, independent, review into reports of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) to drive forward improvements in the criminal justice system, in victims’ services and to bring in better training for professionals and thereby it is hoped, better outcomes for victims.

Since taking up office, I have met with Women’s Aid, You First, STARS, the Water Lilly Project, and the Chair of the Dorset Domestic Abuse Forum. At such meetings, I have been able to hear first-hand from victims about their experience, as well as draw upon the considerable experience and insight that these organisations have offered on behalf of the victims and communities they represent.

But real action is needed alongside partnership working and strategic planning and so I have funded an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker and the Force has increased its numbers of vulnerability lawyers, so that further legal measures can be put in place to prevent domestic abuse, sexual offences, and stalking.

I was particularly pleased to see the Operation Vigilant initiative take place in Weymouth and Bournemouth over the summer. The operation aimed to reduce the risk to vulnerable people enjoying a night out and identify and deter sexual offenders. Officers interacted with vulnerable people and looked out for individuals demonstrating signs of predatory sexual behaviour, loitering or sexual harassment.

I will continue to support Op Vigilant over the coming months as it grows and develops as a practical prevention mechanism.

Funding is also vital when it comes to tackling VAWG and my office has submitted and supported bids to the Safer Streets Fund and Safety of Women at Night Fund (SWaN) and you may have seen that Dorset Council was awarded £380,000 for projects to help women and girls feel safer on our streets. The funding will pay for CCTV, and fund intervention workshops to help increase awareness, change societal attitudes, and empower women and girls to feel safer.

Although the OPCC had success with securing over £200,000 to tackle Domestic Abuse earlier this month, unfortunately the SWaN bid was not selected by the Home Office. The Home Office has explained that the bids received from all forces were far in excess of the total funding available.

Nevertheless, I am determined to find other sources of funding in order to deliver a range of initiatives from the bid. While this work is ongoing, I am delighted to announce that one vital element of the bid can be supported. This week, I funded the purchase of over 1000 drink spiking testing kits, which will be made available in key locations, including hospitals, police stations and nightclubs across Dorset as well as almost 14,000 ‘stop-tops’ and ‘bottle-top spikes’, to help prevent drinks from being ‘spiked’.

Both I and Dorset Police take the publics’ concern over drink spiking seriously and are committed to getting to the root cause and the provision the testing kits just one, very practical way in which this issue is being addressed in Dorset.

However, beyond strategy and action there is a deeper-rooted problem to address – one of attitude. There is a need to address issues around misogyny and respect. That’s why there is a thread in my Police and Crime Plan called ‘fixing the future’ and that is where we will start talking to our young people about respect for themselves and respect for each other.

That goes across a whole spectrum. It goes across trying to stop drug addiction, trying to stop the idea of violence, anti-social behaviour and having respect for everyone – no matter their gender.

I’m hoping that I will be able to get the support of educational establishments, youth clubs, local groups and charities to do what just that and try to 'fix the future'.

The national picture is just as busy as we are here in Dorset - a national taskforce has been launched to drive cross-government action on tackling violence against women and girls to help maintain public confidence in policing. It will consider recommendations from the Inspectorate’s review of the police’s response to Violence Against Women and Girls, led by Zoe Billingham, as well as the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, the End-to-End Rape Review, and the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Strategy. It will also look at how the police currently assess risk, threat and harm to the general public when responding to and investigating non-contact sexual offences (e.g. flashing), which we know may lead to more serious or repeat offending.

For all of this work, I will hold the Chief Constable to account for ensuring that Dorset takes on board the national learning as soon as it is identified.

To make women and girls safer, all agencies, up and down the country, must work together to deliver the significant changes that are required. I will do all I can, alongside the Chief Constable, to make sure that Dorset Police plays its part.

David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner


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November 26, 2021

Hundreds Fall Victim To Lottery Scams In Just Seven Months

What is lottery fraud?


Criminals will contact unsuspecting victims informing them they have won a lottery or prize draw. The victim is then informed that they will need to pay an advance fee in order to receive their winnings. In reality, the winnings are non-existent and it is an attempt to steal the victims money, personal or financial information.

Between April and October 2021, Action Fraud received 629 reports of lottery fraud, with 89 per cent of reports mentioning well-known prize draws. Impersonation of People’s Postcode Lottery accounted for almost half (49 per cent) of all reports. Almost three quarters of victims (70 per cent) were aged over 50, with those aged over 65 accounting for 40 per cent of reports.

Fraudsters use gift cards as a form of payment as they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The criminals don’t need the physical card to redeem the value as they ask the victims to share the serial code on the back of the card with them. In other instances, victims reported being asked for personal and financial information in order to obtain their alleged winnings. Some victims reported providing their bank details thinking they would be sent a small payment to verify the account. In reality, criminals will use these details to steal the victim’s money.


How to protect yourself

Stop: Unsolicited offers of large sums of money in return for a small upfront payment should always raise a red flag. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge: Could it be fake? Remember, you can’t win a prize in a competition you didn’t enter. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
You can find further protection advice around lotteries and competition on the Gambling Commission’s website.



For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware


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Force Urges Caution When Seeking Out Deals Over Black Friday and Cyber Monday

As shoppers look for bargains over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Dorset Police is urging people to take care and consider whether some deals are too good to be true.
In the run up to Christmas, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become two of the biggest shopping days of the year, with many retailers offering enticing discounts.
Black Friday, which originated in the United States of America to mark the day after Thanksgiving, takes place on Friday 26 November 2021. It has grown into an international event for consumers to buy goods at reduced prices ahead of the busy Christmas shopping period.
Cyber Monday falls on Monday 29 November 2021 and many online retailers use it to entice consumers with a variety of deals.

Unfortunately, while shoppers can save money during these shopping days, it also gives potential criminals the opportunity to scam victims with fraudulent offers.
Detective Inspector Andrew Kennard, tactical lead for fraud at Dorset Police, said: “Many people love getting a deal, but sometimes they can be too good to be true.

“Being targeted by fraudsters can be terrible at any time, but especially in the run up to Christmas. Unfortunately, there are people who will use the goodwill of the season to target people when their defences might be a little lower.
“Don’t get caught out. Always buy from a reputable retailer, never disclose banking or security details, and don’t part with any money if your instincts are telling you that something doesn’t feel right. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.”

Dorset Police will be using Cyber Monday as an opportunity to share information and tips for how to keep yourself safe online. As well as safe shopping tips, there will be information for businesses, how to keep your kids safe online, and more.
Chris Conroy, Cyber Crime Protect and Prevention Officer at Dorset Police, said: “Many of us don’t realise just how much information we’re making available online. We want to equip people with knowledge and practical tips to stop criminals exploiting this.
“Cyber Monday is a great opportunity for us to share this information with our communities to help them feel safe and secure online.”

Follow Dorset Police on Facebook, @dorsetpolice on Twitter and @dorset_police on Instagram on Monday 29 November 2021. There will also be a live stream on Facebook to give members of the public the opportunity to ask questions.
David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Tackling and preventing fraud and cyber crime is one of the key focus areas of my Police and Crime Plan.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a fraudsters paradise – so I would ask everyone who shops online to take a moment, review their security measures and the way they share personal details when engaging with others on the internet.
“No matter how confident or competent you may feel when it comes to online shopping, I would encourage everyone to take time to check that you are doing all you can to protect yourself from becoming the next victim of the ever changing nature of cyber crime.”

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Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)
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Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

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November 22, 2021

Alcohol Awareness Week

As we come to the end of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week, which has centred on alcohol and relationships, I wanted my blog to concentrate a little on how alcohol misuse can negatively affect a variety of relationships; at home, at work, socially and publicly and how it can often lead to an increase in criminal and anti-social behaviour (ASB).

As a Police and Crime Commissioner, I look to encourage people to drink responsibility and not let alcohol wreck important relationships. Alcohol is often a key factor in cases of domestic abuse and child neglect. Excessive drinking can rip families apart; but conversely a stable home life can play a key role in helping an offender turn their life around.

Understanding the impacts of alcohol fuelled behaviour in our communities and increasing our collaborative working with key partners, to promote awareness of the issue and help achieve a behavioural change, will ultimately help cut crime and anti-social behaviour in Dorset.

People with a problem drinking habit are more likely to commit a crime when they have been drinking, which in turn, creates increased demand on police resources. Dorset Police received over 8,000 crime reports linked to alcohol between October 2020 and September 2021. Over a third of these reports were for alcohol-related violence against individuals and there were nearly 1,700 reported incidents of ASB fuelled by alcohol.

As the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) co-joint lead for alcohol and substance misuse, I want to elaborate on the positive work that is happening across the country through the work of PCC’s in commissioning schemes and projects to deal with the crime-related outcomes of alcohol and substance misuse.

My office, funds vital projects, such as Drug Link’s Diversion Scheme which aims to increase people’s understanding of low-level offending related to substance misuse. This scheme brings into sharp focus the realities of misuse and addiction to those taking part, highlighting the potential risks of alcohol or drug-fuelled situations and the consequences that substance misuse can have, which can sadly be devastating in some cases, especially when addiction starts to take hold.

My office also funds both Dorset and BCP Councils’ public health bodies to provide a free tailor-made course to those who are going through the community resolution or conditional caution process, where alcohol has been a defining feature of their actions. The course targets making a behavioural change in order to reduce re-offending and gives those taking part, access to the support they need by signposting them to a range of other services and organisations.

My work will continue beyond Alcohol Awareness Week. I will continue to work with our partners on ensuring those with alcohol misuse issues have the chance to take part in schemes and projects to address their problem drinking and consequently, hopefully save their most precious family, work and social relationships, which will in turn have a positive effect on diminishing the levels of alcohol fuelled crime and ASB in our communities.


If you are worried about your alcohol use or if you are concerned about a friend or family member,
Get help now | Alcohol Change UK


David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

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November 21, 2021

The Best Way To Keep Hackers Out of Your Online Accounts

Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is the single most important thing you can do to improve the security of your online accounts.



What is 2FA?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way of strengthening the login security of your online accounts. It's similar to how an ATM works. You need both your debit card (first factor) and your PIN (second factor) to get access your account and withdraw cash. The main objective is better security. If your card is stolen, they still need your PIN. If your PIN is stolen, they still need your card.

Enabling 2FA will help to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.

How do I enable 2FA on my accounts?
Here are links you can use to enable 2FA on some of the most popular online services and apps:

Gmail
Yahoo
Outlook
AOL
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn


For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware


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November 19, 2021

Public Appeal In Search For Wanted Bridport Man

Officers are appealing for information from the public to help locate a wanted man from Bridport.
John Robert Burton, 38, is wanted by officers to be recalled to prison after failing to attend the necessary probation appointments while on licence.

He has connections to West Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
He is described as white, around six feet one inch tall and of medium build with a bald head and was last seen to have a long light brown beard.
Image can be seen via the Dorset police website here.

Detective Sergeant Mark Shields, of Dorset Police, said: “We have been carrying out an extensive number of enquiries to locate John Burton, but these have so far been unsuccessful.
“I am appealing to any members of the public with any information or knowledge as to his whereabouts to please contact us.

“While we do not have any information to suggest Burton presents a risk to the general public, anyone who sees him is urged not to approach him but instead dial 999 immediately.”

If you see John Burton, you should call 999 immediately. Anyone with other information should call 101, quoting occurrence 55210176519 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.


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Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

November 18, 2021

Cctv Appeal Following Theft from Vehicle In Christchurch

Officers investigating the theft of items from a car in Christchurch are issuing CCTV images of the suspect.

Entry was gained to a vehicle parked in Jumpers Avenue at around 6.20am on Friday 5 November 2021. The offender carried out a search of the vehicle and made off with a pair of Guess sunglasses and a pair of gloves.

Police Community Support Investigator Kate Hann, of Dorset Police, said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident and have obtained CCTV images of the suspect.

“I appreciate his face is partially covered, but I am hopeful someone may be able to recognise him from his clothing and general build.

View images here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13690

“I would also like to take the opportunity to remind motorists in the area to ensure they do not leave their vehicles as easy targets for thieves by removing valuables and locking their vehicles.”

For more vehicle crime prevention advice visit www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/home-property/vehicle-crime-removeitlockit/.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210178932. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.


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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

November 15, 2021

Force Highlights The Damaging Impact of Booze During Alcohol Awareness Week 2021

Dorset Police is supporting this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week, taking place between Monday 15 and Sunday 21 November 2021, to raise awareness of how alcohol can affect us and our relationships and can contribute to offending behaviour.

The Force is joining over 4,000 other community groups across the UK to mark the week, which this year centres on the theme of alcohol and relationships.

Across the week, Dorset Police will be sharing information about spotting the signs of alcohol reliance and the negative effects it can have on relationships with friends and family.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13674


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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

November 13, 2021

Missing Christchurch Man Located

Officers searching for missing Christchurch man Nicholas Attwell are pleased to confirm he has been located.

Nicholas was reported missing having last been seen at around 10.15am on Friday 5 November 2021.

Following enquiries by officers, with assistance from colleagues from other forces, he has now been located.

We would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal.

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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Neighbourhood Watch Webinar Series Continues

I am delighted ro invite you to register for two exciting webinars that we are organising this month.

To coincide with our current campaign regarding tackling Antisocial Behaviour, commonly known as ASB, we are delighted to welcome a guest speaker from the national charity ASB Help to help us RECOGNISE, RECORD and REPORT ASB and how we can help with tackling the issues surrounding ASB.

The webinar is Tuesday 15th November from 5.00pm to 6.00pm and we would love for you to be able to attend. To register for the event, please click HERE and this will take you through to the Eventbrite booking page for the event.

Being able to identify an area where you feel unsafe and the reasons why is important to both police and councils because it enables them to understand where services and resources are needed. As part of a Home Office project funding, Street Safe is a brand new initiative which has been launched across England and Wales to help the public have a platform to help identify these areas for the purpose of providing the information from local people about their local area.

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We are delighted to be able to welcome members of the team that created the platform to explain the reasoning behind it, how the data has been used in areas already, how you can use it and promote it amongst your community, so that local policing teams are able to hear what you are saying make you feel unsafe.

This will be held on Wednesday 23rd November from 5.00pm to 6.00pm we are holding another FREE online event for you to attend. You don't need to be a member to join in, so please share this event with everyone across your networks.
The link for you to register for this event is HERE.

Both of these events are being held online via Zoom and your FREE spaces are available now for you to book. There are limited spaces available and are available on a first come first served bases.

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Four Charged In Connection With Reported Disturbance and Assault In Christchurch

Four men have been charged in connection with a reported disturbance and assault at an address in Christchurch.

Dorset Police was called at 12.04pm on Wednesday 3 February 2021 to reports of a disturbance at an address in Somerford Road.

It was reported that a man aged in his 20s was assaulted. He was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that were not life-threatening.

Four men arrested in connection with the incident have now been charged and are due to appear at court.

Two Bournemouth men, both aged 22, have been charged with violent disorder, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon. They are due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday 21 January 2022.

Two further Bournemouth men, aged 48 and 50, have also been charged with violent disorder and are due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday 21 January 2022.

A 43-year-old woman from Bournemouth who was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm with intent has been released from under investigation and will face no further police action.

A 71-year-old Bournemouth man who was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder remains released under investigation.

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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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National Knife Amnesty In Dorset

Dorset Police is asking members of the public to support the national week-long knife amnesty – Op Sceptre to help keep communities safe across the county.

From Monday 15 November to Sunday 21 November 2021, police are encouraging the public to ‘Bin a knife… to save a life’ and dispose of unwanted knives and blades at local recycling centres or securely packaged in household waste.

As part of the week of action, police will be running proactive operations and activity in targeted areas across Dorset. The force is also running education workshops in schools with the aim to educate young people about the effects of knife crime, help understand the law, and prevent them from carrying knives. Parents of young people involved in the workshops will also receive letters with information as a follow up to the workshops.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13664

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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Save The Date - Road Safety Day In Poole

On Saturday 27 November 2021, Dorset Police will be hosting a road safety day at the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole from 9am to 3pm. The event will be fun for the whole family, with police vehicle displays, interactive activities and road safety goodies available throughout the day.

Our older drivers area which will be upstairs next to Wilkinson will be offering free bitesize presentations at 10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm about how you can stay safe on the roads for longer. Reaction testing and other information to assist older drivers will also be on offer. Spaces are on a first come, first serve basis on the day and can’t be booked in advance.

More details will be shared nearer the time via our social media channels, Dorset Alert and in local press. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Kristian Ward (Communications Manager, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)
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Business Crime is Not A Low Priority Or Victimless

According to the British Retail Consortium, the overall cost of business crime, taking into account both losses and crime prevention costs for retail, has risen year on year and now stands at £2.5 billion, up from £2.2 billion last year. This includes crime prevention spending of £1.2 billion and losses to crime of £1.3 billion, of which customer theft makes up £935 million.

In Dorset, the largest area of business crime is retail crime, predominately theft-based offences including shoplifting, of which shoplifting alone accounts for 17% of all business crime.*

In addition, businesses also suffer from criminal damage (9%), public order (7%) and burglary offences (6%) and of course there are serious concerns over the rise in violence against shopworkers. It is reported that there are over 400 assaults on shopworkers per day. This statistic is especially concerning when you think of how many of our sons and daughters, find their first job working in a shop.

Add the above information together and you will see why I say business crime is not a low priority or victimless.

I have spoken to many business owners since starting my campaign to become Police and Crime Commissioner and I have taken notice of their thoughts and concerns about business and retail crime and I have made tackling this issue a feature of my Police and Crime Plan.

This week, I held the first Business Crime roundtable alongside Inspector Helen Deakin, Dorset Polices’ strategic business crime lead, and we spoke with twenty representatives of national groups and local businesses to start the process of creating a Dorset Safer Business Partnership.

The Partnership will be made up of business representatives and trade bodies and will develop strategies that address issues such as retail crime and violence against shopworkers, and also improve confidence in the police.

To gain that confidence, I know that we must build better evidence about business and retail crime by making it easier, and quicker, for incidents to be reported to Dorset Police. It also vital that data sharing methods are improved alongside current lines of communication to ensure that information and updates are shared across the business community in an effective and efficient manner.

I also plan to strengthen business and retail focussed watch schemes, such as Shop Watch and Hotel Watch. I have to say that Dorset’s Hotel Watch scheme is a beacon of good practice for other areas across the country and I commend the hard work that has gone into making it a success.

But the plans don’t stop there. I want to work with businesses on designing out crime, concentrating on ensuring that the best crime-prevention/environmental design advice is given to businesses across the county and that we also work together to tackle the ever-changing nature of cyber-crime.

Once again, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make Dorset the safest county and I am proud to be able to bring together the business community to help me achieve that vision.

David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

November 10, 2021

Appeal In Search For Missing Christchurch Man

Officers continuing to search for a missing man from Christchurch are renewing their appeal for information.
Nicholas Attwell, aged 60, was last seen at his address in the Purewell area at around 10.15am on Friday 5 November 2021.

He is described as white, five feet ten inches tall and of large build with brown hair that is balding. Nicholas was wearing a black zip-up jacket and blue jeans.
Image can be seen via the Dorset police website here.

Chief Inspector Ged Want, of Dorset Police, said: “We are concerned for Nicholas’ welfare and are keen to locate him to make sure he is all right.
“We have carried out extensive enquiries and these indicate Nicholas may have travelled to the Cheltenham area of Gloucestershire and has been using buses in that vicinity, as well as in Wiltshire and Somerset.
“I would again urge anyone with information as to Nicholas’ whereabouts to please contact us and would ask Nicholas if you see this appeal to please make contact with us or your family.”

Anyone with information or knowledge as to Nicholas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210178795.


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Linzi Berryman (Police, Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

November 9, 2021

23M People Used 123456 As A Password

Whether it’s your Facebook, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords.

Unfortunately, some of us cope with this challenge by resorting to practices that leave our data, devices and money at risk - by using the same password across multiple accounts, or by creating simple passwords that could easily be guessed by hackers. Bad password practice is more prevalent than you might think - the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre carried out analysis of passwords leaked in data breaches and found that more than 23 million users worldwide used 123456 as a password. You can read more about it here:
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/most-hacked-passwords-revealed-as-uk-cyber-survey-exposes-gaps-in-online-security

Here are some top tips that will make your life easier and your online accounts more secure:

1: Creating memorable passwords

A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words. But remember, don’t use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”

2: Saving passwords in your browser

Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.

This can help:

make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords
protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites

It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.

Here are some useful links on how you can start saving passwords in your browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari.


3: Email account passwords

If a hacker gets into your email account, they could:

reset your other online account passwords
access personal information you have saved about yourself or your business

Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.

Need help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, BT, AOL Mail.

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware


Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.


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November 7, 2021

National Safer Gambling Week - When The Fun Stops

Raising awareness on problem gambling in National Safer Gambling Week.
Gambling harm can affect anyone, either directly or indirectly, and it destroys families and lives. There are an estimated third of a million problem gamblers in England and Wales; tragically, on average, one problem gambler commits suicide every day.

While many people enjoy gambling safely, others can develop a serious addiction and addiction can lead to crime.

The direct cost to government of gambling-related crime is estimated at £162.5 million annually, ranging from theft and fraud to domestic abuse. In truth, it could be much higher, as there is still limited research to help us to understand and address what is often a hidden problem.

In my role as the Joint Lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners - Addictions and Substance Misuse Portfolio, I am keen to work with the Government, and both local government and health agencies to improve how we tackle this issue.

I have already met with Alex Macey from Gamvisory, who was able to give me a much deeper insight into the issue and the effect problem gambling has, not just on the individual involved but their families and friends. I believe it is incredibly important to learn from those who have first-hand knowledge and experience if we are to successfully address how best to tackle the problem.

In my Police and Crime Plan, I have highlighted actions to target addiction and its impact on crime and one of my first actions will be to host a briefing session for other Police and Crime Commissioners with input from the government and national agencies to raise awareness and identify ways of tackling gambling crime.

I will be working towards securing, a regional joined-up, approach on drug dealing, substance misuse and gambling addiction, so that the entire South West works together to reduce this risk. It’s important, not only to get partners to recognise the effects of gambling addiction and crime, but also to act and work together to affect a positive change.

There are also some quick-time positive actions that can be made, for example, my office is working with Dorset Police Custody and the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion service to identify and monitor how many detainees have a gambling addiction – which hasn’t been done before. This will help give some much-needed information about the size of the problem in our county.

There is a lot of work to be done, but I hope that in the near future, I can write about the changes we have made to address this issue, from a partnership perspective.

Finally, if you or someone you know is struggling with gambling-related problems, I would encourage you to contact the National Gambling Helpline which provides free advice, information and support around the clock to those suffering from gambling related harm, whether their own or someone else’s.

David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

To find out more about hate crime and how to report it please click on this link - dorset.police.uk/hatecrime

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

November 5, 2021

Overall Crime Continues To Drop For Dorset Police

Dorset Police has seen a 6.0 per cent drop in recorded crime, according to new figures released on Thursday 4 November 2021, and has the ninth lowest crime rate in England & Wales.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics show the Force has continued to see a drop in overall crime for the sixth consecutive quarter and covers the 12 months to the end of June 2021.
Dorset Police recognises the impact of COVID-19 throughout the last year and the effect the lockdown periods had on the reduction of some crime types. The Force responded and maintained a strong focus on preventing and detecting crime that affects the most vulnerable members of our communities, for example, Domestic Abuse, serious sexual offences and violent crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya said Dorset continues to be one of the safest counties in the country to live and visit.
“Whilst the impact of the pandemic resulted in some crime reduction, we experienced an extremely busy summer period in Dorset with the county receiving over 25 million day visitors throughout the year. In addition, the opening of hospitality, large public events and limited international travel increased significant demand upon our policing services. We have worked hard to ensure we managed that demand, prioritised our resources and delivered policing services keeping residents and visitors safe in our communities.
She continued: “The published data shows a sustained reduction of crime throughout the year, demonstrating the hard work and professionalism of our officers and staff who have continued to deliver services in a challenging policing environment.”

The latest figures show that compared to the national data, Dorset has delivered a reduction in violence against the person offences – a reduction of 1.9 per cent in Dorset compared to an increase nationally of 8.0 per cent.
Violence with injury dropped by 7.0 per cent, compared to the national average that was down by 3.7 per cent. Victim Based Crime saw a reduction from 46,116 to 42,972, a decrease of 6.8 per cent.
The total number of crimes reported reduced from 51,997 to 48,873 over the 12 months to the end of June 2021, reducing 4.0 crimes per 1,000 of the population.
The Force has supported and safeguarded the most vulnerable in our communities and provided a safe environment for victims, and encouraged them to come forward and report crimes.
We have seen increased large scale public events, including the Euro’s and the Bournemouth Air Show, and the return of a lively night-time economy, which has contributed to an increase in some crime types. We continue to work with our partners and local businesses to address local needs and keep people safe in Dorset.
The Force is focused on reducing violence against women and girls by targeting crimes such as sexual offending and domestic abuse, providing meaningful support to victims, and proactively policing crime hotspots and high harm offenders to prevent offences from taking place. The Force has seen an increase in all sexual offences by 3.4 per cent; however, this compares to the national increase of 7.9 per cent. Whilst rape offences have decreased by 1.4 per cent compared with a national increase of 9.6 per cent.

Deputy Chief Constable Sam De Reya said: “Through the Force action plan, we are committed to reducing and preventing sexual offences, including rape. Through investment, we are increasing the number of specialist trained officers to improve investigation standards, working with our partners to improve the journey for victims and increase positive outcomes. We will continue to encourage victims to report offences and robustly investigate those responsible and bring offenders to justice”.

David Sidwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, said: “Last Friday, I launched my Police and Crime Plan for Dorset, and the vision, which lays at the heart of that Plan, is for Dorset to become the safest county in England and Wales.
“Therefore, I am very pleased to see that the ONS stats have shown a 6.0 per cent drop in recorded crime in Dorset, and I am even more pleased to see that Dorset is in the top ten for the lowest crime rate in England & Wales. I acknowledge that this report falls within the auspices of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, Dorset has also continued to see a drop in overall crime for the sixth consecutive quarter.
I know that both the Chief Constable and I are determined to drive down crime in Dorset, in order to achieve the ambition of our county becoming the safest place in England and Wales”.


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October 30, 2021

Appeal For Information Following Racially Aggravated Public Order Incident In Christchurch

Officers investigating a racially aggravated public order incident in Christchurch are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

The incident occurred at around 12pm on Monday 18 October 2021 at the Banks Close Car Park off Christchurch High Street. It was reported that a man and a woman were walking in the car park and a vehicle, believed to be a silver Toyota, narrowly missed them as it was manoeuvring to park.

The man confronted the driver of the vehicle and a female passenger in the car responded by shouting antisemitic abuse at the victims before the male driver pushed the man.

Police Constable Ryan Higgins, of Dorset Police, said: “We take all reports of hate crime very seriously and are carrying out a number of enquiries into this incident.

“I understand that there were a number of people in the area at the time and I am keen to hear from any witnesses who have not already spoken to police as well as anyone who may have relevant mobile phone footage.”


Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210168453. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.


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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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New Police and Crime Plan For Dorset

Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick has today unveiled his Police and Crime Plan aimed to make Dorset the safest county in England and Wales.

Speaking about the plan, the Police and Crime Commissioner said “For the last three and a half years, I have had the pleasure of speaking with, and hearing from, thousands of people who live and work throughout Dorset.

“Throughout this time – whether I was researching crime and community safety issues to inform my election manifesto; or executing my duties during my first months in office – the message from Dorset’s communities has been clear: they support my vision that this county should be the safest in England and Wales.”

“There are six priorities in my plan: Cut Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour; Make Policing More Visible and Connected; Fight Violent Crime and High Harm; Fight Rural Crime; Put Victims and Communities First; and to Make Every Penny Count.

The Police and Crime Commissioner continued “Each of the priorities are underpinned by the manifesto commitments I made during the PCC campaign. I have an unashamedly ambitious vision for Dorset and much of the Plan will only be achieved through bold and transformative activity.

“Some of this activity will take time, and skilful collaboration with partner agencies locally, regionally and nationally to realise. It is for this reason that I have set this Plan to cover two terms of office. Despite the challenge, I believe this vision can be achieved.”

“I wanted to become Police and Crime Commissioner because of the shared experiences I had with the people of Dorset. I saw it as my chance to make a real difference and that’s exactly what I intend to do – to make a real difference for my county, its residents, its businesses, and its communities.

I am Dorset born and bred and I have been lucky enough to always call this county my home. It is, already, a safe county, but I am determined that it should be the safest and I will work tirelessly on your behalf to realise that.”

Dorset Police Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “I welcome the new Police and Crime Plan and look forward to working with the PCC on these priority areas aimed at making Dorset the safest county in the country.

“I am equally keen to ensure our communities are listened too and remain safe with Dorset a hostile place for those choosing to commit crime.

“We cannot do this alone and I know the PCC is focused on collaborative working with our partners whenever possible and to build on strong neighbourhood and strategic relationships we already have across Dorset and the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

“We will no doubt face some challenges during the coming months and years in terms of funding and ensuring operational policing reflects the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan, but I am committed to working as closely as possible to ensure an outstanding policing service to the people of Dorset.”


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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)
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You Are Invited To Attend Our Free Webinar As Part of Our Serious Crime Event In November

We are delighted to be able to invite you to our FREE online webinar regarding Preventing and disrupting county lines exploitation. This will be held on Tuesday 9th November from 5pm-6pm.

The webinar will focus on providing an in depth view on County Lines exploitation, based on the key principals; exploitation, prevention, protection, and reporting

What is County Lines?
County lines is a form of criminal exploitation where urban gangs persuade, coerce or force children and young people to store drugs and money and/or transport them to suburban areas, market towns and coastal towns (Home Office, 2018). It can happen in any part of the UK and is against the law and a form of child abuse.

We are delighted to welcome expert guest speakers from The Children's Society, County Lines leads, and organised crime county lines coordinators to be part of our panel of presenters.

Event Details

Tuesday 9th November 2021
5.00pm - 6.00pm
Online via Zoom
Register for your FREE place

How to register for the event

Simply register for your FREE space https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preventing-and-disrupting-county-lines-exploitation-tickets-195017421357
You will receive your link to the event once you have registered.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event as part of our serious crime webinars in November. Look for more details in our November newsletter.

Best wishes
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Central Support Team

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October 29, 2021

Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

You said, we did.....

PCSO Anna attended the Burton and Winkton Parish Council meeting on Monday. Speeding was highlighted as a concern especially in Winkton.

PC Glenn and PCSO Anna had a busy morning doing speed checks across Burton and Winkton area with the speed gun. Most drivers were driving sensibly which was great to see.

We will continue to do speed checks when commitments allow. The main purpose of this is to make the roads safer for everyone #5331 #1760 #OnTheBeatDorset #christchurchpolice #BurtonandWinkton

For further updates follow us on Twitter @dorsetpolice or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/dorsetpolice

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Anna Lillywhite (Dorset Police, PCSO 5331, Christchurch West)

October 28, 2021

Images of Stolen Jewellery Issued In Renewed Burglary Appeal

Officers investigating a burglary at an address in Ferndown are issuing images of some of the stolen items in the hope someone has seen them offered for sale.

Between 6.30pm and 9.45pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021 a burglary occurred at an address in the town.

The victim returned home to find their home had been searched and items of jewellery were taken.

Police Sergeant Rich Barnett, of Weymouth CID, said: “A full investigation is underway into this incident and we have already made efforts to identify who was responsible and find the stolen items, but these enquiries have so far not been successful.

“I am now in a position to issue images of some of the stolen items and I would urge anyone who has seen these being offered for sale to please contact Dorset Police immediately.”

View images here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13552


Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210165622. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.


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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

October 25, 2021

Neighbourhood Watch Launches Say No To Asb Campaign

Antisocial behaviour (ASB) incidents have increased over the last three years. Police forces, councils and housing associations are reporting significant spikes in ASB cases – and these are not minor incidents. They are complex and serious cases causing real harm to many people.

45% of people say ASB is a problem where they live, and 56% of those who had either been a victim of or a witness to ASB did not report it to anyone. *


To help tackle the issue, we are running a campaign encouraging people to SAY NO TO ASB.
The campaign will run from the 25th October through to the 21st November on our social channels with key information on recognising, recording, and reporting ASB on our website: ourwatch.org.uk/asb.

We are running a free online ‘SAY NO TO ASB’ webinar on 15th November at 5pm with the charity ASB Help as part of the campaign. Places are limited. To book your place, visit ourwatch.org.uk/webinars.

HOW TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (see links below) and share our posts to your social channels, including WhatsApp community groups, to encourage more people to SAY NO TO ASB
Download our ‘Recognising, Recording and Reporting ASB Guide’ from ourwatch.org.uk/asb to share with your community
Download our 14-day ‘ASB Diary’ from ourwatch.org.uk/asb to support you in recognising, recording, and reporting ASB incidents in your area.
To find out more and SAY NO TO ASB, visit ourwatch.org.uk/asb.

If you would like a digital campaign pack, please email enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk.

* Data source: Taking Back our Communities - working together to make communities safer report, commissioned in 2021 by RESOLVE, a Centre of Excellence solely focused upon community safety and antisocial behaviour,

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Cheryl Spruce (NWN, Head of Membership and Community Engagement , National)

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
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October 21, 2021

Neighbourhood Watch 2021 Crime and Community Survey Launched

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 2021 CRIME AND COMMUNITY SURVEY LAUNCHED

For the second year running, we want to hear your thoughts about crime, community, and how effective Neighbourhood Watch is.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CL72YGJ

The survey, launched on Wednesday 20th October 2021, is open to the public across England and Wales, regardless of whether they live in a Neighbourhood Watch area or not.

The results will enable us to better understand on a national and regional level crime, fear of crime and benchmark whether membership to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, has an impact on levels of crime, concern about crime, neighbourliness, and the willingness of communities to work together.

Last year our survey received just over 30,000 responses from across England and Wales providing us with a rich and useful set of data. This year we will be able to compare our data to last year’s results.

Please share this survey via email and social across all the various communities to which you belong whether they be a Neighbourhood Watch community or others such as sport, religious or work communities. This will help us receive a good balance of responses from Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members which will enable us to compare experiences between these two groups. To help you reach others we have attached a poster that you can print and display locally or share digitally. Alternatively, re-share our social posts (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) to your channels.

A good response in all regions will ensure we can publish a national report and provide individual regions with their own reports.

All data will be anonymised and aggregated and will be used by Neighbourhood Watch to ensure our work is effective, inclusive, and representative.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CL72YGJ

The survey closes on the 16th of November. Thank you for your support.

Follow us on our social channels ( ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn)
Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349


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Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales)

October 19, 2021

Hate Crime Has No Place In Our Society


As part of National Hate Crime Awareness week, I wanted to dedicate my blog to raising awareness and encouraging the reporting of this offence to the Police.

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness week, I wanted to dedicate my blog to raising awareness and encouraging the reporting of this offence to the Police.

Let me begin by saying that hate crime, in any form, is abhorrent, the ignorance and prejudice that the perpetrators of this crime show has no place in our society.

Home Office statistics say that nationally, there were 124,091 hate crimes recorded in the year to March 2021 - 92,052 race hate crimes, 6,377 religious hate crimes, 18,596 sexual-orientation hate crimes, 9,943 disability hate crimes and 2,799 transgender hate crimes.
To see a figure of over 92,000 race hate crimes is concerning, especially during Black History Month, an event which is all about understanding, learning and celebrating, the contributions made to our society by African, Asian and Caribbean people.

However, I would like to pick up on one specific type of Hate Crime which I feel rarely gets the attention and coverage that it should - disability hate crime. Disability hate crime has had the largest percentage increase of all hate crime in Dorset and is largely forgotten.

Giving victims a voice and raising awareness of the effects of disability hate crime is a key factor in tacking the issue. My office is currently working with the Force on making a short film where local people share their experiences and talk about the impact of hate crime on them.
To have people with a diverse range of protected characteristics, talking about how they have been affected will I hope, be a powerful and encouraging motivator to others who have experienced hate crime but not felt able to report it to the Police.

The OPCC funds Restorative Justice, a victim focussed scheme by which victims tell offenders the real impact of their crime and as part of that scheme, and a Hate Crime Awareness Course is being developed to deal with low level Hate Crime cases – this is to challenge perpetrators on the impact of their behaviour both on victims, and themselves. This course uses examples of hate crime and how it affected victims, and it works with perpetrators to identify how they might behave differently in future. If victims want it, feedback is given to them on the outcome of the course.

In response to the increase in the number of hate crimes being reported, the Home Office said the rises have been driven by improvements in recording, growing awareness, and a better identification of what constitutes a hate crime. Increased reporting helps the police understand what is happening in our communities and how best to tackle it – so please – report hate crime.

I want people to know that hate crime has no place in Dorset and that I will work tirelessly to encourage tolerance, acceptance, kindness and understanding across our county - after all, the only true measure of goodness is the nobility of the human heart.

David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

To find out more about hate crime and how to report it please click on this link - dorset.police.uk/hatecrime

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Dorset Police Works With Partners and Volunteers To Strengthen Multi-Agency Missing Person Response

Partner agencies and volunteers have been supporting Dorset Police to bring through the latest wave of specially trained officers to support the Force’s missing person investigations.
DorSAR (Dorset Search and Rescue), Dorset Search Dogs and HM Coastguard were among the organisations to support the latest Lost Person Search Managers (LPSM) course.
The newly trained LPSM officers will strengthen Dorset’s response to missing people investigations.
Superintendent Heather Dixey, of Dorset Police, said: “We would like to thank all the volunteer organisations and partner agencies for the support they have shown for the latest LPSM course.
“This has helped us to increase the number of specially trained officers in the Force to lead on missing person investigations and the experience has also helped strengthen our multi-agency approach to what can be complex investigations.
“Missing person investigations often involve vulnerable people at a time of crisis and this work demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we follow the best possible practice and make maximum use of the fantastic volunteer and partner agency resources that are available in Dorset.”
DorSAR’s Search Lead Trevor Antell said: “It is valuable to have the opportunity to work with the trainee LPSMs and provide them with the knowledge of what they can expect from us when we are called upon to assist in the search for a vulnerable missing person.
"It also allows our team and the LPSMs to get to know each other in a training environment, which in turn aids the smooth operation when it matters.”


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Force Offer Advice To Those Who Call 999 By Mistake

Dorset Police is offering advice to callers who accidentally dial 999, in an effort to reduce unnecessary demand placed on operators. The Force has seen an increase in the number of 999 calls recently, many of which are abandoned. There are lots of reasons someone may abandon a call to the emergency services, for example a person calling in a crisis situation who is unable to ask for help.
The most common reason for an abandoned call is someone accidentally ‘pocket dialling’ emergency services. This is where the phone is not locked and accidently calls 999.
A 999 call is recorded as ‘abandoned’ when the line is disconnected before the caller speaks to a member of the emergency services or confirms to a BT 999 operator that they are safe and well.
Superintendent Jared Parkin, Head of Contact Management for Dorset Police, said: "When a 999 call is abandoned, it can waste precious time that could otherwise be spent helping someone with an emergency and potentially saving a life.
"When an emergency call is abandoned without speaking with the caller, operators in the contact centre spend such a long time researching the phone number and associated details to ensure there is no threat or risk to the caller."
Last financial year, 2020/2021, Dorset Police received a total of 111,312 emergency 999 calls, of which 21% were actual emergencies.
Superintendent Jared Parkin continued: "We understand that accidents happen, but if you do call 999 by mistake, please stay on the line to tell us everything is ok – otherwise valuable resources are taken away from answering other calls."

Here are some tips from Dorset Police to reduce the chance of accidental 999 calls:
1. Keep your phone safe and out of reach from children 2. Lock your phone before you put it in your pocket 3. Talk to children about how and when to call for help in an emergency – but how prank dialling 999 for fun can have serious consequences for them and others 4. If you dial 999, stay on the line. Otherwise we will call you back. The police want to know that you are safe and it saves us valuable time. Every second counts.
5. Is your call an emergency? Is there a threat to a life, risk of harm or injury?

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October 14, 2021

Neighbour of The Year Award 2021

THE SEARCH TO FIND THE UK’S BEST NEIGHBOURS CONTINUES!

With just under two weeks left to nominate, people across the UK are invited to participate in our annual hunt for the UK’s NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR AWARD – a nationwide search undertaken in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance.

Now in its fourth year running, we have introduced a new category: COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR. This Award will celebrate the nation’s most outstanding community and the lengths they’ve gone to support others and make a difference. The ‘community’ can either be in person or virtual, such as over Teams, Facebook or WhatsApp.

To nominate your NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR, YOUNG NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR (for people aged 21 years and under) or COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR, and to find out more about these incredibly special awards, visit coop.co.uk/noty.

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO at Neighbourhood Watch Network, said: ‘If you have always thought you have good neighbours, why not nominate them? They could be crowned Neighbour of the Year 2021 or Young Neighbour of the Year 2021 if they are 21 or younger. Or nominate a whole community to recognise a group of people who collectively have gone above and beyond to make others smile.’

Nominations close on the 26th of October.


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Dorset Police Officer Honoured In National Police Bravery Awards

A Dorset police officer has won the South West regional police bravery award at the National Police Bravery Awards that were held in London last night.

PC Roz Fricker, who was a probationary officer at the time, was badly injured as she tackled an aggressive man who was wielding a hammer and threatening members of the public. She joined more than 90 colleagues across England and Wales who were all nominated for their courageous acts at the prestigious awards event in London.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13458

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October 9, 2021

Have Your Say on Potential Changes To Firearms Licensing

This week I am asking you to take part in the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) survey on potential changes to the licensing of firearms and shotguns in England and Wales.

The survey asks for the public’s views on things like the amount of scrutiny of medical records and social media posts that police should undertake when granting or renewing a licence; and whether or not an applicant should pay the full costs of having their request processed.

Following on from public concerns after the recent tragic events in Keyham, where 5 people lost their lives, the Home Office is currently reviewing arrangements for the licensing of guns and will shortly be introducing new statutory guidance to be followed by all police forces.

The public may be surprised to hear that there just over 10,000 licence holders in Dorset, and more than half a million licence holders in England and Wales, who legally own nearly 2million firearms and we know that the overwhelming majority do so safely and responsibly.

Our county is home to both urban and rural communities and so there are going to be many differing opinions on this subject – I know many farmers who see owning a gun as an essential part of their job and I know that there are many residents across the county who are members of a gun club and shoot as a pastime.

Equally, I know many people who simply cannot understand why any form of gun ownership is necessary and so it is important that all these voices, all these opinions are heard.

I very much welcome this survey, it is absolutely right that there is a public discussion on this issue and even more important that any changes to guidance and legislation are, well thought-out, proportionate and most of all ensure that the very highest levels of public safety are met.

The survey, which can be completed online, takes just a few minutes and will remain open for responses until Wednesday 20 October.

David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

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October 7, 2021

Thank You To Our Communities As The Busy Tourist Season Comes To A Close

Dorset Police is thanking its communities for their patience and continued support as the county’s busy tourist season comes to a close.

The Force’s Summer Policing operation ran from Thursday 1 April to Thursday 30 September 2021 and involved extensive planning to enable the Force to meet the demands of what has been one of the county’s busiest ever spring and summer.

The restrictions on international travel, return of key events and reopening of the night-time economy as part of the COVID-19 roadmap saw an increase in the number of people visiting Dorset.

This year Dorset Police worked closely alongside partner agencies, including weekly meetings and officers embedded into two Multi Agency Command Centres in Bournemouth and the west of the county.

A number of key operations and campaigns were launched in the county in a bid to keep residents and visitors safe. This included Operation Relentless, the Force’s drive to reduce anti-social behaviour, and Don’t Regret Your Night Out where the Force partnered up with local taxi companies to reduce violent crime. A targeted drink and drug drive campaign also ran for six weeks in July and August to coincide with the full unlocking of the hospitality industry.

Work continued in the county to tackle drug misuse and county lines gangs, with a focused week of intensification that led to 14 arrests in May and the Force joining colleagues from British Transport Police for a day of action in Weymouth. A #KnowTheSigns awareness campaign was also launched to raise awareness among the public to recognise the signs of county lines and report concerns to the Force.

This summer the Force also encouraged members of the public to use our digital contact channels to enable demand to be manged more effectively especially during a time of reduced staffing as a result of COVID-19 isolations. During one week in July around 35 per cent of staff in the Force Command Centre were off at a time when 999 calls had increased by 21 per cent and 101 calls by 11 per cent compared to the previous week.

Serious violence and sexual offences remain a priority for the Force and this summer saw the launch of Operation Vigilant in Bournemouth and Weymouth town centres.

Operation Vigilant is proactive policing based on the use of both covert plain clothed officers and high-visibility patrols during the night-time economy to spot and intervene in instances of aggressive, predatory and intrusive sexual behaviour.

An initiative to reduce the number of catalytic converter thefts was also launched following a 368 per cent rise in reports between January and June 2020 and the same time this year. Following an awareness campaign providing crime prevention advice offences fell by 94 per cent.

Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan, Summer Policing Gold Commander, said: “This year was always going to be a challenge for policing as the COVID-19 restrictions lifted and more people visited the county because they were unable to travel abroad.

“We saw the return of some key events in the county, including Euro 2020, Bournemouth 7s and Bournemouth Air Festival, that placed additional demand on our services.

“The support the Force received from the public this summer must not be underestimated.

"We faced significant challenges with staff in our Force Command Centre having to isolate, but our communities listened and contacted us using our digital channels so those members of staff working from home could respond.

“We have also received overwhelming support from our special constables and police staff volunteers who have given up over 14,000 hours during our summer policing operation. They give up their own time to support the Force and we are proud to have them in our policing family.

“I would like to praise the Force’s officers and police staff for the unwavering commitment and professionalism they have shown during what has been a difficult 18 months. We fully acknowledge it has not been easy as some had their rest days cancelled and were moved onto 12-hour shifts to enable us to meet the demands of the summer.

“Finally, as we move into the autumn and winter, I would like to reassure our communities that our focus on driving down anti-social behaviour, drug misuse, violent crime and serious sexual offences continues and our officers will remain out there in our communities to ensure the public are safe and feel safe.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: “The summer ‘staycation’ season has been a challenging one for the Force and its partner agencies and I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard over the summer to keep our residents and visitors safe.

“I am delighted to see that the Force has put in place such a range of important operations and campaigns, in particular Op Relentless and Op Vigilant. Many people will know that tackling ASB and fighting crime and high harm are two of the main priorities that will come to feature in my Police and Crime Plan for Dorset and I can reassure residents and visitors alike that I will continue to work with the Chief Constable to ensure that they remain a priority for the Force."


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Update - Wanted Man from Gillingham Located

Officers carrying out searches to find wanted Gillingham man Nicholas Castle are pleased to confirm he has been located.
Castle, aged 24, was wanted on prison recall after breaching the conditions of his licence.
Following enquiries by officers and a public appeal, he has now been arrested and is assisting officers with their enquiries.

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October 6, 2021

Warning To Public Following Scams Involving Whatsapp

Dorset Police is urging the public to remain vigilant following reports of scams involving WhatsApp messenger.


At around 1.50pm on Sunday 3 October 2021 it was reported that the victim – a woman aged in her 70s from Bournemouth – received a message on WhatsApp purporting to be from a family member in need of urgent help.

The message from an unknown number said that their phone was broken and they needed to urgently transfer money to another bank account.

The victim transferred money to the bank account on behalf of the offender purporting to be a family member. The transaction was later picked up by her bank and the money was returned.

A further report of a similar scam was received at around 9.45am on Monday 4 October 2021. On Friday 1 October 2021 the victim – a man aged in his 50s from Bournemouth – received a message purporting to be from a family member asking for money.

The victim was asked to send money via a link to an invoice provided in a message.

Investigations Officer Martin Forder, of Dorset Police, said: “We would like to make the public aware of this scam and encourage anyone who has been a victim of a similar incident to please report it to Dorset Police and Action Fraud.

“If you receive this type of message, please check the authenticity of it. If you are in any doubt, do not engage with these messages or send any money.

“We would ask people to look out for elderly family members or neighbours and make sure they are aware of this potential scam.”

Anyone who believes they have been targeted by scammers is asked to report it to Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. Please also report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Appeal To Find Wanted Man from Gillingham

Officers are appealing for information from the public to help locate a wanted man from Gillingham.

Nicholas Castle, aged 24, is reported to have breached the conditions of his licence and is therefore wanted on prison recall.

He is described as white, around five feet eight inches tall and of slim build with short brown hair.

View image here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13375

Inspector Simon Perry, of Dorset Police, said: “We have been carrying out a number of enquiries to locate Nicholas Castle, but these have so far been unsuccessful.

“I am appealing to any members of the public with any information or knowledge as to his whereabouts to please contact us.

“While we do not have any information to suggest Castle presents a risk to the general public, anyone who sees him is urged not to approach him but instead dial 999 immediately.”

If you see Nicholas Castle, you should call 999 immediately. Anyone with other information should call 101, quoting occurrence 55210158149 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

October 2, 2021

Protecting The Most Vulnerable In Our Society

On the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, I would like to talk a little about the elements of the Police and Crime Plan that will directly address some of the issues and concerns that our older residents and visitors may have.

There can be no doubt that it is important to reduce the effect and fear of crime that our older residents may experience and to that end, the Police and Crime Plan will address three important areas.

Cutting crime and anti-social behaviour

Cutting crime and anti-social behaviour continues to be a big issue not just for me, but for many older residents and groups across the county.

I’m very pleased to say there have been a lot of developments in this area. Firstly, the Force has launched Operation Relentless – a clear focus on tackling anti-social behaviour and making sure the public know it won’t be tolerated in the county.

I’ve also launched my own Operation Relentless Community Fund, in which members of neighbourhood groups and charities can apply for money to fund projects that will enable them to tackle anti-social behaviour and make people feel safer in their own community.

So, if you or a group that you are part of have an idea on how to improve your local area, then please make an application to the Fund.

Making policing more visible and connected

Bringing back community focused policing to the streets of Dorset and improving the connections between the police and the public is another major priority, and I’m glad to report there has been a lot of significant progress in this area as well.

Dorset Police has been able to recruit over fifty additional officers as part of the Government’s uplift programme, and I am pleased to say that the majority of those officers have already gone directly into policing your neighbourhoods.

The Neighbourhood Engagement Commitment initiative, which sets out how communities can communicate as effectively as possible with their local officers has been reviewed and I will be ensuring that the Neighbourhood Policing Teams keep their promises to provide localised services that work for our communities.

The number of Special Constables will increase by 25%, boosting the amount of people from across our neighbourhoods who will be performing these important voluntary roles.

Preventing Fraud and Cyber-crime

The other area that I will be addressing through the Police and Crime Plan is the effect that fraud, scams and cyber-crime can have on our older communities.

I will be addressing the need for an increase in provision of prevention advice to those who are most vulnerable to fraudsters and increasing the support to help victims liaise with banks and building societies.

There is already a good source of advice and information available via the Dorset Police website and I would invite you to take a look and perhaps, if you represent community group even take advantage of the free cyber security awareness presentations made available to you by the Forces Cyber Protect Officer.


David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

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September 25, 2021

Fixing The Future

All too often, many of the problems in society are attributed to young people.

Young people are seen by some as having nothing better to do and are regularly vilified as being responsible for causing nuisance and disorder, as well as other issues.

I know this perception is incorrect, and young people should never be lumped together as a group to be feared. Indeed, teenagers are more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators.
When it comes to youth, it’s incredibly important we get it right. It’s vital we tap into the enormous potential our young people have and steer them towards making better choices.

Thankfully, there are several organisations across Dorset which are already doing an incredible job of providing them with this guidance.

I am delighted to see the opening of two new cadets’ units – one in Poole and another in Weymouth. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit one of the units already running in Bournemouth and have seen for myself how young lives are being turned around.

I’d been invited to sit on the judging panel for a Dragon’s Den style event, in which cadets were asked to deal with an anti-social behaviour scenario, very similar to those ones which police officers and council staff have to respond to on a regular basis.

It was fascinating to hear their suggestions and to see them bounce ideas around as they attempted to come up with solutions.

The teenagers I met there were fulfilling useful roles in their communities, as well as developing confidence and life skills such as communication and team building which will stand them in good stead for whatever they choose to go on and do.

I campaigned for the cadet’s scheme to be expanded and it’s great news for young people in Poole and Weymouth that they will now have these opportunities. I look forward to visiting both new units over the coming years and I hope to see even more cadet units in the future.
But good as it is, this scheme will never be for everyone.

Future Roots is an organisation that uses one of Dorset’s greatest resources – the rural environment – to offer young people the chance to boost their wellbeing and reach their potential.

I visited the service at their farm near Sherborne earlier in the summer to see how the hands-on activities they provide, such as caring for animals, helps young people become more comfortable with who they are, build confidence and identify their strengths.

It’s led by Julie Plumley, a farmers’ daughter who went on to have a long career in social work and decided to create an organisation that combined the best of both worlds. She stresses that young people don’t go there because they are ‘naughty’ or ‘bad’ but because they need a safe and secure learning environment.

The traditional school setting doesn’t work for every child, and Julie told me about many examples of families and young people who have found the solution they were looking for at Future Roots. This includes teenagers who had been excluded from school, who had become known to the police, as well as those who were just unable to cope with lockdown. Their lives had been transformed simply by working among animals in the fresh air.

I also learned about other opportunities available for our young people when I visited the Dorset Youth Association in Dorchester recently as guest speaker at their 0-25 VCS forum event.

As well as being a chance for me to find out more about the association’s work to improve the lives of children and young people, it enabled me to connect with a wide range of people in the voluntary and community sector, to find out more about some of the challenges they face.

I am making commitments in my police and crime plan, not only to cutting crime and anti-social behaviour, but to putting our community first. That means making sure young people are not left behind, and by working with a wide range of partners we provide proper support for those who are struggling.

Fixing the future by addressing the problems our young people face is a big challenge which goes far beyond policing. But it’s important we do what we can to give them the right tools to make the right decisions.

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September 18, 2021

The Search is on For The UK's Best Neighbour

THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE UK’S BEST NEIGHBOUR!

People across the UK are being invited to take part in our annual hunt for the UK’s ‘Neighbour of the Year’ – a nationwide search undertaken in partnership by Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch.

Now in its fourth year, 2021 sees the introduction of a new category: Community of the Year. This award will celebrate the nation’s most outstanding community (could be a street, a sports club, a faith collective, or anything in between, either in person or virtual, such as a WhatsApp, Facebook, or Slack group) and the lengths its members have gone to to support others and make a real difference.

To nominate your Neighbour of the Year, Young Neighbour of the Year (for people aged 21 years and under) or Community of the Year, and to find out more about these very special awards please visit coop.co.uk/noty.

If you have any questions get in touch with us via enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk.


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September 11, 2021

Community Speed Watch Day of Action Sees Over 300 Warning Letters Issued To Motorists

Over 140 volunteers who give their spare time to reduce speeding in their towns and villages have taken part in a day of action with 335 drivers being issued with warning letters.

The education and enforcement event saw 35 teams carry out 48 one hour sessions across Dorset on Tuesday 7 September with 58 per cent of those speeding being from Dorset.

Community Speed Watch is run through Dorset Police and provides an opportunity for volunteers to work within their community to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.

Teams use radar detection devices to monitor drivers exceeding the speed limit at locations agreed with Dorset Police. This equipment does not record an image so the volunteers record the vehicle details and pass these to the Force for their vehicle and driver information to be checked before a warning letter is issued.

View full article here:https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13217

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Last Chance To Have Your Say on Plans To Make Dorset Safest County

Dorset residents are being reminded that this is their last chance to have their say in a survey on policing and crime in the county.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick's survey, which asks people to provide information about what is important to them, is coming to a close.

To complete the survey online go here.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: “This is your chance to tell me and Dorset Police what you want us to prioritise over the next few years."

The Commissioner is preparing to launch his Police and Crime Plan, setting out a new strategic direction for Dorset Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, including an overarching plan of making the county the safest in England and Wales.

Feedback from the survey will help shape the plan.

David Sidwick said: “The survey will look at my own priorities, which will form the basis for the plan, and ask what you think about them – do you agree with them and do they align with your own values?”

“Remember, this plan is your plan. Therefore, it’s crucial that we get your thoughts and opinions to make sure local policing remains dynamic and responsive to the communities it serves."

If the above link doesn't work, try this one, or please cut and paste https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PCPDA into your web browser.

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September 8, 2021

Warning To E-Scooter Riders After Four-Year-Old Boy is Injured In Collision In Bournemouth

Dorset Police is urging e-scooter riders to be aware of pedestrians and other road users after a four-year-old boy was injured in a collision along Bournemouth seafront.

At around 1pm on Friday 3 September 2021 Dorset Police was made aware that a collision had occurred on the promenade near to Boscombe Pier during the second day of the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The boy, from Christchurch, was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to a suspected fractured collarbone. Officers have spoken to the e-scooter rider, a man aged in his 30s and from Lancashire, and interviewed him on suspicion of driving offences under The Road Traffic Act. An investigation into the collision is underway.

The e-scooter involved was hired through Beryl as part of a trial currently operating in Bournemouth and Poole, which allows individuals to hire an e-scooter from an official Government scheme and ride legally. These scooters have a reduced speed limit.

Privately owned e-scooters are currently illegal to use in public places such as pavements, cycle lanes, beach promenades or any publicly accessible land, such as parks.

The illegal use of e-scooters remains an important element of Dorset Police’s Operation Relentless anti-social behaviour priority and this summer the Force has carried out two days of action. Individuals were asked to sign an agreement that they will stop using their e-scooter illegally on public roads.

In total since the beginning of the year, more than 40 riders of privately owned e-scooters have been stopped and spoken to before being issued with warnings. Officers also have the power to seize e-scooters that are either found to be used illegally or involved in criminal activity.

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Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Unfortunately on Saturday 4th September we had 3 bikes stolen from Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre in the day time. Please use a D-Lock when securing your bike as this is the best way to stop your bike from being stolen. If you have any information about this please contact 101, thank you! #5331 #OnTheBeatDorset #christchurchpolice #dorsetpolice

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September 4, 2021

Bespoke Free Webinars For Older Drivers In Dorset

In addition to the national Project Edwards webinars for older drivers, Dorset Police are offering free webinars to Dorset residents.

The courses focus on issues unique to driving on Dorset roads and are designed to help the mature motorist to continue driving safely for longer.

The courses are free, but spaces are limited to 50 per event and residents are encouraged to register to ensure a place is reserved on the course.

We are holding three webinars in September:

• Wednesday 15 September - 2pm
• Thursday 16 September - 2pm
• Friday 17 September - 2pm

For more information, click on the following link:
https://www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk/education-coursestraining/older-drivers/

To register on one of the courses, click on the following link:
https://attendee.gototraining.com/rt/1729829075903177217

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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

September 3, 2021

Christchurch Police Giving Anti Scam Talks

Today one of our Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Officers attended Riverland Court on Stour Road for a crime prevention talk regarding scams. Throughout lock down we have seen a raise in these types of crimes. Please report any suspicious phone calls, emails and letters to www.ActionFraud.police.uk or 101.
#5331 #christchurchpolice #dorsetpolice #ActionFraud

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Your Voice Matters Survey

Dear Resident,

This is the last chance for you to feed into our NPT priorities survey. It will be running for a couple more weeks.

Our Priorities are set every 6 months, with a review and update every quarter.
You can view the current priorities on our webpages: Click Here


If you want to feed into the new priorities, to be launched soon, you can do so by following the link: Click Here


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