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May 14, 2022

Prisoners Are Helping To Tackle The Housing Crisis In The South West


This week I am delighted to tell you more about a project where prisoners are helping to tackle the housing crisis in the South West by building environmentally-friendly 'eco-pod' homes.

This is a pioneering new project led by the South West Reoffending Partnership (SWRRP), supported by all five regional Police and Crime Commissioners.

Under the leadership of professional tradespeople at MMC Homebuilding Ltd, prisoners at HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire, have been learning a range of modern construction skills while also gaining valuable work experience, supporting their rehabilitation in readiness for their release.

Its vital that we start to think about and approach rehabilitation and preventing reoffending in different ways and this project certainly achieves that. Not only does it equip prisoners with a purpose, but it also teaches valuable career building skills and instils a great work ethic – added to that it creates essential housing for those who are most in need – I know many homeless people who want to get off the streets, want the security of ‘their own front door’ and projects like this offer that opportunity.

The eco pod homes offer more than much needed, quality, affordable accommodation for those that need it in the community. They are also easy to relocate, built using low carbon methods and offer high energy efficiency to reduce energy bills for the occupants.

Using funding secured from the One Public Estate Programme a development framework will be implemented across the South-West. This framework will help to roll out the scheme and enable other public sector organisations to easily access modular housing providers, develop a pipeline of public-sector sites for housing and identify further prison support methods across the South West to assemble and construct the homes.

The prisoners who are taking part in the project have recognised the value of being involved, with one saying: “It’s quite hard outside going into employment, having to do disclosure and explaining where you’ve been for the past few years, so if I could get full time employment doing this it would be great. This project is great for getting prisoners used to a day’s work, teamwork, working on your own initiative and also picking up new skills. I’m really confident that when I come out after this sentence, I will make a success of my life.”

All the PCC’s from across the South West have come together to support this project because we all want to build a better society - we all want our residents to be successful and have a good life and if this project provides a pathway away from a life of crime, then so much the better.

I look forward to seeing a similar homebuilding project happening in Dorset in the future.

David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner


Message Sent By:
Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

May 13, 2022

Appeal To Find Owners of Bicycles


Officers are hoping to find the owners of valuable bicycles worth around £14,000 recovered from a garage in Boscombe.
They were discovered after one victim was able to track his stolen bike using a chip inserted in it.
Officers were able to gain access to the garage and discovered a total of 10 bicycles and a disc cutter, all believed to be stolen in recent weeks.

Police Constable Tom Ringer, of Bournemouth police, said: “I’ve been making a number of enquiries to try and find the owners of these bikes but have so far not been able to return them to their rightful owners.
“It appears that not all these items were reported stolen so if anyone recognises their bicycle or disc cutter in the pictures, please get in touch with us.”

Images can be seen via the Dorset police website here.
If your bicycle has been stolen recently but it is not in these pictures, please report this to us through the normal channels and not refer to the reference number below as it is unlikely to be related to this particular investigation.


Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please dial 999. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.


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

May 12, 2022

Arrests Made During Targeted Patrols To Tackle Suspected County Lines Drugs Gangs


Officers from Dorset Police’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Teams (NET) arrested two people on suspicion of drug offences as part of its new crackdown aimed at targeting suspected county lines drug gangs operating in the county.
The Force’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Team (NET) stopped a vehicle in Alumhurst Road in Bournemouth on the morning of Sunday 8 May 2022 that was suspected of being involved in drug supply.

Further searches were carried out at an address in Burnaby Road, where a quantity of cash and expensive designer clothing was located. Following intelligence, a second search was carried out at an address in Merseyside and a large quantity of cash, quantify of suspected Class A and Class B drugs were seized.

A 32-year-old man from Wavertree in Merseyside was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and being concerned in the control of criminal property and remains in custody.
A 21-year-old local man was arrested of possession of a Class B drug and was issued with an adult caution. He was also arrested on suspicion of a driving offence and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Inspector Nick Lee, of the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team (NET), said: “Our team, working closely with officers in Merseyside, have recovered a large quantity of suspected Class A and B drugs, cash and other assets believed to have been obtained from suspected criminal gain.
“We want to reassure the community we are committed to tackling drug dealing and relentlessly pursuing suspected criminality.
“I would encourage any members of the community to report their concerns to Dorset Police so we can investigate and take action.”

Last month the Force launched Operation Viper, which sees a dedicated team of police working alongside local neighbourhood policing teams to use intelligence and enforcement to tackle suspected county lines gangs and make the region a hostile place for those intent on dealing drugs and bringing misery on communities.

The initiative aims to provide visibility, proactive enforcement and community engagement, as well as a dedicated County Lines Task Force, to disrupt incoming suspected drug networks.
It will also feed into the regional intelligence picture to prevent harm and drugs coming into the county from other cities around the country.


To report suspected drug dealing in your community, please contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please dial 999. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.


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

May 5, 2022

Force Celebrates 90Th Birthday of Community Speed Watch Volunteer



Dorset Police has celebrated one of its Community Speed Watch volunteers 90th birthday by presenting him with a certificate and card to thank him for the contribution he makes to improving road safety.

Chris Christie has been a member of Branksome Park’s Community Speed Watch group since 2019 and is one of a team of 12 volunteers who regularly give up their spare time to reduce speeding in the Branksome area of Poole.

He celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday 3 May 2022 and to mark this special milestone, Sergeant Sophie Williams of Poole Neighbourhood Policing Team was joined by Brian Austin, Road Safety Operations Manager, and Mark Armstrong, Head of Road Safety at Dorset Road Safe, to present a birthday card, certificate for services to local policing and shield to Chris on behalf of Chief Constable Scott Chilton.

Community Speed Watch is run through Dorset Police and provides an opportunity for a team of 600 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.

Chris, who worked for 40 years in the Royal Air Force, said he was ‘flummoxed’ by the presentation: “I certainly wasn’t expecting this.” He added: “I enjoy volunteering for Community Speed Watch and wanted to be involved because I wanted to do something for the community.
“It really makes a difference for us to be seen more than anything and I really do think it helps to reduce the average speeder and puts people off speeding in the first place. “I don’t think turning 90 will impact on my volunteering and plan to continue!”

Brian Austin said: “Our speed watch volunteers provide additional eyes and ears in our communities to help us enhance our intelligence and better understand locations vulnerable to drivers taking a risk with their speed. Chris is our oldest Community Speed Watch volunteer and his dedication to his community in Branksome is incredible. He is one of an army of volunteers across Dorset who play an important role in helping to make our roads safer.”

Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “I am extremely grateful to all our volunteers who give up their valuable time each week to help make Dorset a safe county for everyone.
“It is remarkable that Chris is such an active member of Community Speed Watch at the age of 90 and I would like to thank him for the service he has carried out to help protect our road users. I wish him a fantastic 90th birthday.”

To find out more about Community Speed Watch, please visit: www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk/enforcement-operations/community-speed-watch/

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with Dorset Police, please visit: www.recruitment-dcp-dp.org/dorset-police-volunteers/


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

April 30, 2022

Stalking is A Dangerous and Insidious Crime

It is National Stalking Awareness Week, and so I want to tell you a bit more about stalking and what we are doing here in Dorset to address this dangerous and insidious crime.

In a recent report published by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust it states that stalking affects one in five women and one in ten men throughout their lifetimes, with approximately 1.5 million people being stalked annually.

I’m sure you will agree that is a shocking statistic and one that needs addressing.

Stalking behaviours can be carried out in person, online or through social media, or by telephone or other means. Stalking is intrusive and can cause fear of violence or cause serious alarm or distress to victims and their families and may escalate to physical harm. Sometimes victims may not realise that the behaviour is stalking, so it is important to remember the “F.O.U.R.” pattern of behaviour in order to recognise it.

In cases of stalking there is a pattern of Fixated, Obsessive, Unwanted and Repeated behaviour by an offender towards a victim. The mnemonic “F.O.U.R” is a good one to remember to identify the pattern of behaviour which means it’s stalking.

Anyone who is being subjected to such behaviours is encouraged to reach out to the police or partner agencies for support, safeguarding and a resolution which may include the perpetrator being charged with a criminal offence.

Dorset Police already has in place a number of Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) designed specifically to give reassurance and protection to victims and I am pleased to say that I have financially committed to ensuring the immediate future of the Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker (ISAC) service that You Trust/Paragon provide.

The ISAC is an important role that delivers support to victims of stalking by guiding them through the criminal justice system and providing advice and guidance.

I have also commissioned Victim Support to provide support to victims of crime in Dorset and they too will provide the help needed to victims of stalking.

I want to make sure everyone knows about stalking, what it is, how it effects people and of course, where to get help. I would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of stalking to have the confidence to come forward and contact Dorset Police, Victim Support Dorset or the National Stalking Helpline.

David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner


Advice and Information

If you are in immediate danger always call 999.

Report non-emergencies to Dorset Police online at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online or via email at 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Paragon in Dorset https://paragonteam.org.uk/ has a 24/7 Helpline: 0800 032 5204 or you can email paragondorset@theyoutrust.org.uk

Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service www.paladinservice.co.uk offers support to all high risk victims of stalking and have a team specialising in support for 16 – 25 year olds experiencing stalking. Call 0203 866 4107 or email info@paladinservice.co.uk


Message Sent By:
Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

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Message Sent By:
Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales)


April 23, 2022

Operation Viper Strikes In Dorset

Dorset now has its own dedicated and proactive Operation Viper which will target criminality, take drugs off our streets, share intelligence, and protect the vulnerable.

Op Viper was launched yesterday with the execution of two drugs warrants, which resulted in the seizure of drugs and cash and four people being arrested for possession with intent to supply and I am pleased to say, that I was standing alongside the Chief Constable to watch the Operation in action.

Both I and the Chief Constable are to investing heavily in the areas that the people of Dorset have told us are important to them, our communities have told us they want to see enforcement and want to feel safe and county lines is an example of where drug dealing overlaps with exploitation of children and the vulnerable in Dorset.

There is a new team behind Op Viper, the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team, and they will work closely with existing Neighbourhood Policing Teams to provide visibility, proactive enforcement, and community engagement.

I am delighted to see the priorities of my Police and Crime Plan ‘in action’ in the shape of the new team and I applaud the quick successes that they have already had – the statistics speak for themselves – an estimated £100,000 of illegal drugs seized, vehicles seized, 29 arrests made, 10 children protected – and all in the last six weeks!

This is exactly the type of action that I and the residents of Dorset want to see from our police force.

Indeed, a couple of weeks ago we saw East Bournemouth Neighbourhood Policing Team ‘in action’ enforcing Op Relentless and work alongside BCP Council partners to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in our county.

Once again, the results were impressive - an address in Springbourne was visited by police following reports of drug related ASB and residents were warned that a full Closure Order on the property could be issued if behaviour did not stop. Two quad bikes were seized after they were seen being driven on the pavement and road in Lowther Gardens and large quantities of illegal cigarettes and e-cigarettes were also seized.

Tackling an issue like ASB cannot be done in isolation and so to see partners working together to improve the lives of residents is great and I look forward to seeing more ASB targeted enforcement action across the county over the coming weeks and months.
When I was a candidate for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner, I asked the people of Dorset what was important to them and now those priorities are the ‘golden thread’ that runs through my Police and Crime Plan, into the Chief Constables Policing Vision and directly into how our towns, villages, parishes and hamlets are policed.

I want a safe county for all of our communities and a key part of that is making Dorset a hostile place for criminals and relentlessly pursuing criminality and I will be working hard to ensure that the Chief Constable continues to have the resources at his disposal and to continue to make Dorset a safer place to be.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

Message Sent By:
Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

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Operation Viper Strikes At The Heart of County Lines Drug Gangs

Dorset Police has launched a new crackdown aimed at crushing county lines drug gangs operating in the county.

Operation Viper will see a dedicated team of police using intelligence and enforcement to rid Dorset of the scourge of county lines and make the region a hostile place for those dealing drugs and bringing misery on communities.

The bedrock of Operation Viper will see the newly created Neighbourhood Enforcement Teams (NET), working closely with existing Neighbourhood Policing Teams to provide visibility, proactive enforcement and community engagement as well as a dedicated County Lines Task Force to disrupt incoming drug networks.

It will also feed into the regional intelligence picture to prevent harm and drugs coming into the county from other cities around the country. There has already been significant disruption to these gangs across the county.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14628

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


April 15, 2022

Stay Safe This Easter

I know that many residents and visitors will be getting in their cars or onto their motorbikes to visit friends and family over Easter or maybe just to head out and enjoy our glorious coastline and countryside - whatever the reason, I just wanted to remind you to keep
‘Dorset Road Safe’.

I know many of you have planned a much-needed getaway, but it only takes one poor decision for your trip to end in disaster for you, your family or other road users.
In February, I went out on Op Decker Dorset Polices’ mobile phone road safety campaign run in partnership with Yellow Buses as part of national mobile phone enforcement week.

The operation saw a double decker bus travel around Bournemouth and Poole, with police officers on board detecting mobile phone/distraction offences. As part of the operation, there were patrols intercepting vehicles and dealing with the offences.

Within the first hour, officers saw ten drivers using their mobile phones, two of which had no insurance.

Enforcement operations like Op Decker are essential if we are to stop the accidents that are caused by driving whilst using a mobile phone. The cost to those caught doing so may well be financial - but to someone involved in an accident caused by a driver using a mobile phone; it may well be life-changing.

I must take a moment to mention drink/ drug driving. Driving after taking drugs can be dangerous and, along with drink driving, this has been identified as one of the ‘fatal five’ factors behind road traffic collisions and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.

While there has long been an impetus to highlight the risks associated with alcohol and driving, in recent years drug driving has become more prevalent.

Like alcohol, drugs can impair an individual’s ability to drive safely and it is illegal to drive if you are unfit to do so through the use of drugs – either legal or illegal. It is also an offence to drive with certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood even where this may not affect driving behaviour.

Remember - every decision you make behind the wheel counts and one life lost is too many.

If you do venture into Dorset’s countryside, then please remember to keep to the ‘Countryside Code’.

A few weeks ago, I was out and about with the Dorset Police Rural Crime Team talking with residents and visitors to our county about keeping dogs on leads, especially when close to livestock.

The protection of livestock really is an issue that farmers are very concerned about and have been talking to me about ever since I started campaigning to become the Police and Crime Commissioner and so I am determined to raise awareness of this problem locally and work alongside Rural Crime Team in the effort to prevent attacks taking place.

If you are staying in over Easter and need some entertainment ideas; why not tune into the Rural Crime Team podcasts – Country Cast. The series offers advice on how you can support the police in protecting our beautiful countryside, as well as providing you with some top tips on preventing rural crime.

Whatever your plans for the Easter weekend – I hope the sun shines for you.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


Message Sent By:
Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

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Force Rated As Good In Preventing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

Dorset Police is good at preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, a recent inspection by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has found.

The PEEL report into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy states that the Force has an effective and visible neighbourhood policing model made up of police officers, community support officers and community safety accredited staff (CSAS), who work together with other agencies to tackle community priorities.

It praises the Force’s approach to reducing crime and disorder in communities, as well as tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB), and highlights the work of neighbourhood teams who consider the needs of all members of our communities, including elderly victims of fraud, black and minority ethnic and LGBT+ victims of hate crime and young people.

The inspection for 2021/22 also graded the Force’s efforts of building, supporting and protecting the workforce as good. It highlighted the Force’s recruitment plans, the investment in officers and staff and its inclusive culture that it places equality and diversity at the heart of the organisation.

It graded a number of areas as adequate including, treating the public with fairness and respect, protecting vulnerable people and managing offenders and suspects. The inspection noted the Force's work around strategic planning, organisational management and ensuring value for money.

The report details two areas that were graded as ‘requires improvement’, namely how the Force is responding to the public and investigating crime. The Force had already recognised the need to strengthen in areas prior to the report and since the start of 2021 Dorset Police has seen the introduction and development of two Local Policing Area commands and investment in county lines teams, Neighbourhood Enforcement Teams and a dedicated missing person team.

HMICFRS states in its own report that as a result of changes to the PEEL inspection it isn’t possible to make direct comparisons between the grades awarded this year with those from previous PEEL inspections. The last PEEL inspection was in 2018/19 and this latest inspection took place in summer 2021.

Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “I am pleased that the inspectors have acknowledged the work we have delivered in relation to preventing and proactively tackling crime and ASB, as well as our efforts to work alongside partner agencies to challenge the issues that matter the most to our communities.

“Since being appointed Chief Constable in August last year, I have set a very clear vision and purpose – to ensure Dorset is a safe county for everyone by being tough on crime, keeping people safe and putting victims first. This drive will see increased visible policing and relentless pursuit of criminals.

“The PEEL inspection took place at one of the most difficult times in Dorset Police’s history, not only for our organisation but also our communities. This included the tricky period through the COVID-19 pandemic, a period of peak demand and unprecedented visitor numbers as the lockdown lifted, an increase in public demonstrations and mutual aid support for national events including G7 and COP 26.

“As always we welcome review and scrutiny of the Force and it is reassuring that the suggested areas of improvement were already part of an ongoing programme of work to improve the service we provide to our communities.

“We are also making significant investment in our public contact systems, with a commitment to reduce call times and respond to incidents quicker. This will also mean we can easily identify vulnerable repeat callers and provide the right training to ensure staff give appropriate advice on the preservation of evidence and crime prevention.”

Chief Constable Scott Chilton continued: “I have made it clear that victims of crime must be our top priority and we remain focused on improving the service we provide by ensuring we support them through the process, pursue all investigative opportunities and achieve the positive outcomes they deserve.”

David Sidwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, said: “HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) have changed and expanded the way in which they grade police forces across the country, and I welcome the increased level of scrutiny, accountability and transparency that will now feature in the report.

“I am particularly pleased to see that Dorset Police has been rated as ‘good’ at preventing crime and at tackling anti-social behaviour – as cutting crime and tackling ASB is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan. The report has also issued a rating of ‘adequate’ for areas such as protecting vulnerable people and has highlighted areas where there is room for improvement, such as investigating crime and responding to the public and therefore the report both records the achievements of Dorset Police and provides a firm foundation for improvement.

“It should be noted however, that this PEEL report reviews a time before the introduction of both my Police and Crime Plan and the Chief Constable's Policing Vision. Both the Chief Constable and I share the same high ambitions for policing, which essentially is to provide an excellent police force for the people of Dorset, and I will work alongside the Chief and his staff to ensure that the force achieves that ambition.”

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


April 10, 2022

Acceptable Violence


Since the incident at the Oscars ceremony, where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, I’ve been thinking more and more about whether there is an ‘acceptable’ side to violence. We have seen many prominent people ‘taking sides’ and making comments over the last couple of weeks and I have thought long and hard about what I would have done in that situation, but my conclusion remains the same - that there is never a ‘reasonable excuse’ to throw the first punch or in Will Smiths’ case, what has to be considered as a carefully calculated ‘slap’ and here’s why.

I spend a considerable part of each working day, trying to stop people from becoming a ‘victim’ or a ‘survivor’ of a violent crime in one way or another.

Indeed, there is a priority in my Police and Crime plan dedicated to just that – fighting violent crime and high harm and within that priority are sections that aim to tackle violence reduction, addiction and substance misuse, violence against women and girls, domestic abuse, child abuse and modern slavery.

Since becoming PCC, I have been to visit charities and organisations, some funded by my office that provide shelter, care, and support to those experiencing domestic abuse or child abuse and I have listened to those who have ‘lived experience’ of these situations and so I can honestly say that anyone who takes the stance of defending a ‘little slap’ or a ‘soft punch’ should think twice about what they are really condoning.

By condoning such actions, you are helping to ‘normalise’ them in our society. Normalising violence leads to abhorrent ‘games’ like
Huggy Wuggy, which not only scares innocent children but can lead them to try and ‘hug another child to death’ in the playground. Normalising violence leads to our future generations being ill-prepared to deal with difficult situations without resorting to violence and that’s not what I want for our children and grandchildren.

Dorset is already a safe county – but I want it to be safer and that’s why I have been working alongside Dorset Police and other partners to bring into fruition a Violence Reduction Unit which will take whole-system approach to violence reduction, and comprise multi-agency working, data sharing and analysis, engaging young people and communities and commissioning (and developing) evidence-based interventions.

There are currently 18 Violence Reduction Units across the country and between April 2019 and September 2020, it is estimated that 41,377 violence without injury offences had been prevented in funded areas, relative to non-funded areas. Alongside a reduction of 7,636 violence with injury offences, this represents potential costs avoided of £385m.

These figures are certainly encouraging and something I want Dorset to be part of and benefit from. The work of such units and many of the other projects and operations that take place in Dorset take time to bring forward long-term prevention benefits - but I’m looking to the long-term.

My Police and Crime Plan was quite deliberately set to last for eight years, because much of my vision for Dorset is ambitious and will only be achieved through bold and transformative activity and that activity will take time, collaboration with partner agencies, locally, regionally, and nationally to realise. I am determined to spend my time in office tackling the issues that the people of Dorset told me that want dealing with and violent crime is just one of them.

On reflection, all of us and particularly the role models in our society, whether that be a footballer, or a Hollywood A-lister need to stop and think before acting or reacting to a situation; we all need to think about how our actions may affect and influence others and most importantly, we all need to reject violent behaviour - saying sorry after the event just doesn’t cut it!


David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


Message Sent By:
Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

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New Legislation Comes Into Effect To Restrict Access To Dangerous Weapons

Dorset Police is welcoming new legislation that makes it harder for people to buy dangerous weapons and become involved in knife crime.

Changes to legislation brought about by the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 mean that from Wednesday 6 April 2022 it will be harder for young people to buy weapons, both at the point of sale and delivery.

Retailers and couriers will now be legally obliged to do more to ensure that knives, corrosives and other offensive weapons are not sold or delivered to those under the age of 18. The new restrictions will also make it an offence to possess a corrosive substance in a public place.

The move comes after the first part of the act came into force in July 2021 banning the possession of certain dangerous items in private, including zombie knives, shuriken or death stars and knuckledusters.

Dorset Police and partner agencies will be working together to educate the public and the business community regarding these changes in legislation.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14542

If you believe someone is in immediate possession of a knife or offensive weapon please dial 999. If you would like to report your concerns about a knife carrier or need some advice, please email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or visit dorset.police.uk and report it online.

Unwanted knives can be disposed of at local recycling centres or safely packaged in your household waste.



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

April 7, 2022

Over 20K People Fell Victim To Remote Access Scams



More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.


New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device. Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim.


What are remote access scams

Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:

"While remote access tools are safe when used legitimately, we want the public to be aware that they can be misused by criminals to perpetrate fraud. We often see criminals posing as legitimate businesses in order to trick people into handing over control of their computer or smartphone.
“You should only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop-up or text message.”


How to protect yourself

Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.
Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.
If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.
Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.
Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk. If you are in Scotland, please report to Police Scotland directly by calling 101.

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

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Update - Man Due In Court In Connection With Reported Hate Crime Incident In Christchurch

A man is due to appear in court in connection with a reported hate crime incident in Christchurch.

The incident occurred at around 12pm on Wednesday 22 December 2021 in Bingham Road. It was reported that a man aged in his 40s was racially abused by another man.

Following enquiries, a 38-year-old local man attended for a voluntary police interview. He has now been issued with a postal requisition to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday 22 April 2022 for an offence of using racially aggravated threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress, as well as an offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

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


April 3, 2022

Scorpion Stings The South West


Over the last week or so, I have been across the county, talking to residents from Lyme Regis to Jumpers in Christchurch about their concerns, the police and crime plan priorities and the work that’s being done to tackle ASB and drugs activity in the county - including the work of Operation Scorpion.

I’ve also been to talk with BCP Council about investment for the future and issues such as aggressive begging and unauthorised encampments. I have attended two South West regional meetings – the first being the Collaboration Board, attended by PCCs and Chief Constables from across the region to assess the success of Operation Scorpion and talk through the next phase of the operation and how it dovetails with the work already being done in Dorset and the second meeting was with the South West Reducing Reoffending Board, where we discussed projects and how to bring down the rates of reoffending with a particular emphasis on drug offences.

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 2022 Prejudice Free Dorset Conference which centred on addressing #NoPlaceforHate and how we use and reflect ‘Community Voices’ in our pursuit of ending prejudice and discrimination.

I applaud the work of the Prejudice Free Dorset group in the training they have done for ‘third party’ reporting centres, for their work in setting up seminars and awareness events as well as their work with night-time economy workers to combat hate crime and increase the reporting of incidents to the Police.

At the conference, a panel of people told their story and gave voice to their lived experience of the prejudice and discrimination and I am grateful to each speaker who took part.
It was a privilege to have been able to gain such insight and I am keen that those voices, those experiences are remembered and carried forward into actions.

I left the conference with three important ‘take-aways’ –

To better educate young people to respect themselves and others
To do more to tackle disabled prejudice in Dorset
To ensure that the Positive Action is working in Dorset and that ultimately, Dorset Police grows and better reflects the community as a whole.

I look forward to updating you on how each of these have been woven into the work of my office over the coming weeks and months.

Finally, this week sees the launch of the Governments ‘Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan’ which includes the creation of a new register of offenders, an expansion of the ‘Ask for Ani’ Scheme, £140 million for supporting victims, and over £81 million to tackle perpetrators.

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that ruins lives. I have stated publicly that I have a close family member who has experienced this awful crime and I really welcome the way that the government understands and is getting to grips with this issue. For far too long the focus has been on what the victim might have done differently, rather than on the behaviour of perpetrators.

The Plan outlines a more robust and relentless response to domestic abuse perpetrators, whether through electronic tagging, innovative behaviour change programmes, or tougher sentences and there is now a dedicated focus on how to deal with the most harmful abusers, including a register of domestic abuse offenders.

In Dorset, there are several support services for victims of domestic abuse, some of which are funded by my office - The Police Maple Team, Victim Support, BCHA and Paragon (formally The You Trust) all provide much needed support for those most in need during a difficult time in their lives. It is important to remember that these services can be accessed without involving the Police.

As well as supporting victims, we also recognise that prevention is key, therefore my office works with partners to commission programmes that disrupt perpetrator abuse and support them to change their behaviours. If these programmes can stop or reduce the risk of domestic abuse before it happens, then more families can live without fear.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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March 31, 2022

Dorset Police Appoints A New Chief Officer For The Special Constabulary


Ryan Howell has been appointed Chief Officer after a selection and recruitment process overseen by Assistant Chief Constable Steve Lyne.

Ryan started his policing career in 2005 when he joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as a special constable. He then joined West Midlands Police as a crime scene investigator (CSI) in 2009 where he began his career in police forensics.

Ryan worked in Birmingham city centre as a CSI while continuing to commute to Gloucestershire to perform his duties as a special constable.

After quickly demonstrating his competency for independent patrol status, he was later promoted to section officer. Ryan led policing operations across the county and later moved to be one of the very first specialist special constables in the roads policing unit, where he was based until he left in 2019.

In 2015, he moved to Essex Police after being promoted to senior CSI based in Harlow, later taking on the position of acting principal CSI for both Kent and Essex Police.

In January 2020, after a short secondment as a subject matter expert to the Transforming Forensics project, Ryan joined Dorset Police as a regional forensic coordinator. He has strategic responsibility for the CSI teams in Force and is the Force's strategic link with Southwest Forensics. He holds a number of regional portfolios, including organised rural crime forensics and will soon take the lead on police fire investigation for the region. He also chairs the Southwest Forensics Regional Reward and Recognition Group.

Ryan lives with his partner and son in the west of the county.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Lyne said: "Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership from across different roles within policing, much of which is directly transferable to his role as Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary. I'm looking forward to working closely with him."

Ryan said: "I'm overjoyed and honoured to be appointed as the new Chief Officer for Dorset's special constabulary. The phrase, 'the police are the public and the public are the police' couldn't be truer than it is for the Special Constabulary.

“Our special constables are normal people, like you and I and they go above and beyond every day. I'm excited to shape the future of the Special Constabulary in Dorset and really demonstrate the value our special constables can and do give to our communities. We'll be opening recruitment soon and I'm really keen for individuals who have skills and experiences that they can bring to policing to watch out for our recruitment engagement events."

Dorset Special Constabulary currently has over 120 Officers across the County. Special constables are volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular officers and make time in their busy schedules to police their communities for free. Dorset Police will be opening recruitment for special constables in the coming weeks. You can find out more and register your interest on the link below.

You can follow Ryan's updates on Twitter @DP_RyanHowell and read more about the role of Special Constable at https://recruitment-dcp-dp.org/dorset-police-volunteers/special-constables/

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

March 24, 2022

Scorpion Stings The South West



Over the past couple of weeks, there has been fervent police activity across the whole of the south west region to tackle drug related crime, catch drug dealers and disrupt the supply of drugs into the cities, towns, and villages of the entire region.

I am delighted to say that for the first time, all five PCCs – from Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Avon and Somerset came together with a shared intent - to work together to tackle drug related criminality and exploitation - which is a priority of my Police and Crime Plan.

All the PCCs agreed with their respective Chief Constables that their Forces would combine operational powers to tackle cross border drugs supply, drug-related crime and associated anti-social behaviour.

Operation Scorpion, which took place from 7 March, harnessed collective powers to disrupt drug crime in the south west by dismantling drugs supply networks, and arresting those who profit from them. Scorpion saw the Forces work alongside partners ranging from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, British Transport Police and Crime Stoppers to target drug-related crime by setting aside regional boundaries.

I had the honour of joining the PCCs from across the region when we met with Policing Minister Kit Malthouse MP in London last week and together, we unveiled the collaboration which has at its core an increased focus on making the south west a hostile place for drugs and criminal gangs - ultimately, this operation links in with and contributes to the national Beating Crime strategy.

As the APCC co-chair for Substance Misuse and Addiction, I have been delighted to see Scorpion in action, over the last couple of weeks. I have been out alongside officers, watching them breaking down the doors of suspected drug dealers and I want to say a heartfelt thank you to every officer who took part in this operation – their bravery and commitment to keeping us all safe is commendable.

The results in Dorset were impressive – 18 arrests, 17 warrants executed, a number of weapons including tasers and machetes seized, 17 disruptions linked to 36 vulnerable members of the community, around £100,000 was also seized and 6 County Lines disrupted.

Results from across the region were equally impressive:

Avon and Somerset Police

64 arrests
17 warrants executed
Five known county lines disrupted, and approximately 350 pieces of disruption work relating to organised criminal gangs
178 visits and or/safeguarding checks to vulnerable people’s addresses
At least 44 educational visits to schools, youth clubs, colleges and scouting groups, to engage with young people, parents, teachers and other professional practitioners about exploitation and grooming
Partnership work across the board with Avon and Somerset Police working closely with other police forces, housing agencies, taxi licensing, Border Force, outreach workers, local community leaders, Bristol Drugs Project, The One25 Project, other drug and alcohol misuse support services, health workers and HM Prison Services, amongst others
At least 41 weapons sweeps and 69 additional patrols in areas of high demand for drug dealing / misuse and serious violence
A significant number of intelligence reports gathered helping us to better direct resources going forward and to help safeguard vulnerable people

Devon and Cornwall Police

20 arrests
Approximately £21,000 worth of drugs seized
Approximately £7600 of cash seized
21 disruptions to drugs supply lines
21 safeguarding and vulnerability visits

Gloucestershire Police

19 arrests
11 warrants executed
Two drugs’ lines disrupted
Approximately £130k worth of suspected drugs seized
20 vulnerability checks carried out


Wiltshire Police

20 arrests
10 warrants executed
24 vehicles stopped
Seven drugs’ lines shut down
Approximately £12,500 worth of cash seized
Up to £3,000 worth of drugs seized
42 vulnerability checks completed
11 safeguarding referrals made, and 200 drug users contacted signposting them to partner support agencies

British Transport Police

23 arrests
34 operations
19 joint operations
12 people safeguarded
22 drugs seizures
Nine weapons recovered
£11,365 in cash seized

South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU)

More than 30 arrests of people suspected of transporting drugs by road into the region following a SW ROCU-led Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR operation).

Seizures included:

£20k worth of heroin and £16k worth of cocaine from suspected County Line dealers based in the North West stopped in Devon & Cornwall
£200k worth of cannabis, a knife, thousands of pounds in cash seized as a result of a vehicle stopped in Devon & Cornwall
£10k heroin and crack cocaine from a vehicle which was travelling to Bournemouth from Merseyside
£4k class A seized from a vehicle stopped in Gloucestershire
£20k vehicle stolen from a burglary and a £35k vehicle seized.

Well done to everyone involved from across the region – we really are taking the fight to the criminals! I want to see more drugs suppliers caught, more drugs seized and more prosecutions.

Not only does Scorpion aim to make my vision of Dorset becoming the safest county in England and Wales one big step closer, but by working closely with our surrounding counties we are also ensuring the south west is safer for all.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

March 23, 2022

Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team


Good evening PCSO Anna here!
Yesterday I visited a resident who called the police following a break to their garden via a side gate in the area of Hurn in Christchurch. Luckily nothing was stolen!
Please review your own garden security!

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

March 22, 2022

Arrests In Dorset As Part of Crackdown on Suspected Drugs Gangs

A total of 18 people have been arrested in Dorset as part of a regional operation aimed at disrupting the activities of suspected drugs networks operating in the county.

Dorset Police joined forces with colleagues in the South West – Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire – to take part in the crackdown from Monday 7 March. Under the banner of Operation Scorpion, the initiative was also supported by Police and Crime Commissioners in the region, British Transport Police, the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit and the charity Crimestoppers.

As well as carrying out warrants targeting those suspected of being involved in the supply of illegal drugs, officers also carried out welfare checks with partner agencies to support vulnerable people who are being targeted for exploitation by suspected drug dealers and carried out a range of educational work with young people in schools and other youth settings.

Dorset Police also worked with regional colleagues to monitor the road networks and disrupt suspected criminals using in their efforts to distribute drugs.

As well as arresting 18 individuals involved in suspected drug offences, there were 17 warrants executed during the intensification period and around £100,000 cash was seized as well as weapons including Tasers and machetes.

Six suspected county lines were disrupted, linked to 36 vulnerable members of the community who were visited for welfare checks.

As well as gathering intelligence, officers carried out increased uniform patrols in identified hotspots, providing reassurance to members of the public.

Other partners involved during the period of action included HMRC, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Lyne, of Dorset Police, said: “This operation has seen Forces across the region take a collaborative, borderless approach to disrupt the efforts of suspected criminal gangs who are involved in the supply of illegal drugs, including county lines networks.

“We will continue to work with our partners across the region to relentlessly pursue those suspected of being involved in the drug supply chain and to support vulnerable people in our communities.

“Through this work we will make Dorset a hostile place for criminals to operate and make Dorset a safe county for everyone.

“Our communities can continue to play a part by reporting any suspected drug related activity to us and we would encourage anyone with information to please come forward.”

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner and APCC co-chair for Substance Misuse and Addiction, said: “For the first time, all the five regions of the South West have come together with the same priority and a clear intent – to hit those involved in illegal drug activities and county lines, to take drugs off our streets and to catch those responsible. I am extremely proud of the way in which all the partner agencies have worked together to coordinate this unique operation.

“Fighting violent crime and high harm is one of the priorities of my Police and Crime Plan and sitting under that priority is tackling drug related criminality and exploitation and what better way can there be to tackle the issue, than to bring together our collective resources and turn the whole of the South West region into a fortress against drug crime.

“Criminals don’t see county borders when it comes to drug supply and dealing activities and now, neither do we. To all those involved the message is clear - the South West is #NoPlaceForDrugs.”

Anyone with information regarding suspected drug related activity is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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

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Combined Police Operation Sends Strong Message To Criminals That The South West is No Place For Drugs

Tackling drug-related crime, rooting out dealers and disrupting supplies of drugs onto Dorset’s streets has been the direct result of a co-ordinated campaign led by the south west region’s Police and Crime Commissioners.

The five PCCs – from Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Avon and Somerset – agreed with their respective Chief Constables their Forces would combine operational powers to tackle cross border drugs supply, drug-related crime and associated anti-social behaviour (ASB).

This is the first time in the UK that PCCs, and their respective Forces, have joined together with the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, British Transport Police and Crime Stoppers to target drug-related crime by setting aside regional boundaries.
Operation Scorpion, which took place from 7 March, harnessed collective powers to disrupt drug crime in the south west by dismantling drugs supply networks, and arresting those who profit from them.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner and APCC co-chair for Substance Misuse and Addiction, David Sidwick said: “For the first time, all the five regions of the south west have come together with the same priority and a clear intent – to hit those involved in illegal drug activities and County Lines, to take drugs off our streets and to catch those responsible. I am extremely proud of the way in which all the partner agencies have worked together to coordinate this unique operation.

“Fighting Violent Crime and High Harm is one of the priorities of my Police and Crime Plan and sitting under that priority is tackling drug related criminality and exploitation and what better way can there be to tackle the issue, than to bring together our collective resources and turn the whole of the south west region into a fortress against drug crime.”

“Criminals don’t see county borders when it comes to drug supply and dealing activities and now, neither do we. To all those involved the message is clear - the south west is #NoPlaceForDrugs”.

The co-ordinated, targeted operation in Dorset saw:

18 arrests
17 warrants executed
A number of weapons seized included tasers, machetes, nunchakus and an extendable baton
Around £100,000 cash seized
Six County Lines disrupted
17 disruptions linked to 36 vulnerable members of the community that have been visited and their welfare checked
Partnership work with: HMRC, Dorset Fire and Rescue, Trading Standards, other police forces
Increased uniform presence in identified hotspots. Reassurance provided to the public around police presence
Fifteen intelligence reports gathered helping us to better direct resources going forward and to help safeguard vulnerable people.

All five PCCs met with Policing Minister Kit Malthouse MP in London last week. Together they unveiled their collaboration and increased focus on making the south west a hostile place for drugs and criminal gangs and spoke about how it contributed to the national Beating Crime strategy.

Mr Malthouse said: “Confronting drugs is central to fighting crime, violence and neighbourhood degradation. So, I commend the work of Wiltshire, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Avon & Somerset police forces to rid this scourge from our streets. Op Scorpion is a fine example of what can be achieved when we treat drug- related crime as an insidious enterprise, and the villainous bosses need to know they will soon be behind bars, with plenty of time to ponder on their wickedness.

“Through our Drugs Strategy will are tackling both the supply and demand for narcotics by supporting the police in tracking down these ruthless drug gangs, whilst helping those addicted to drugs with treatment and recovery services.

“The success of Operation Scorpion in the south west is proof that collaboration is key in tackling the supply of narcotics and dismantling the gangs behind it. I want to thank the officers working tirelessly to drive down drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour in their areas.”

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Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

March 15, 2022

Image Appeal Following Burglary In Christchurch

Officers investigating a burglary in Christchurch are issuing images of the stolen items and are asking for witnesses to come forward.
Images can be seen via the Dorset police website here.

In the early hours of Sunday 6 March 2022 a burglary occurred at an address in Thursby Road in the Highcliffe area.
Items of gold jewellery were stolen, including a Christmas tree brooch, filigree earrings, a gate bracelet, engagement ring and wedding ring.

Police Constable Greg Johnson, of Dorset Police, said: “This burglary has had a significant impact on the victim as a number of sentimental items were taken, including jewellery that belonged to his elderly mother.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Thursby Road between the evening of Saturday 5 March and the early hours of Sunday 6 March 2022 and saw or witnessed any suspicious behaviour to please come forward.
“I am issuing images of some of the stolen jewellery in the hope that someone may recognise them and know where they are or who was responsible for this offence. These items are more than just pieces of jewellery to the victim, and I would urge anyone who has seen them offered for sale locally to please contact Dorset Police.”


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 55220036567. 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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March 12, 2022

Enough To Violence Against Women and Girls


In my newsletter last week, I briefly mentioned the Home Office ‘Enough’ campaign that aims to raise awareness around Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

This week I want to expand on the work that is happening both nationally and locally, but first, I want to say that over the past few years, I have spoken frequently and unequivocally on this issue.

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.

I would again, 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. 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.

I welcome the governments VAWG strategy which sets out to make our streets safer for women and girls. The Strategy – which was shaped by over 180,000 consultation responses - will support victims by launching a 24/7 sexual assault helpline, introducing VAWG Transport Champions, introduce revised educational guidelines and bring in a £5 million Safety of Women at Night fund.

The government are also investing £70 million in practical measures to prevent abuse, giving women the freedom to safely enjoy our night-time economy.

Last year, I was pleased to see the success of Project Vigilant in Dorset – from Bournemouth to Weymouth uniformed and plain clothes officers were out and about in high footfall areas to ensure that vulnerable people were not targeted on their night out and this year, I will be lending my support for this initiative to come back to our streets.

I am also delighted to say that last year, my office was instrumental in Dorset receiving government funding under the Safer Streets Fund and the Safety of Women at Night Fund (SWaN) and once again this year, we will be bidding for more funding for Dorset.

I’m determined to ensure that Dorset is at the forefront for change, and so I would ask you to find out more about the ‘Enough’ campaign and maybe keep an eye out for the billboards that will appear over the next couple of weeks across Dorset – you never know, maybe they will spark a conversation that helps tackle VAWG in your community.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


Message Sent By:
Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

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Public Warning About Use of Unlicensed Taxis In Dorset


Detectives are urging the public not to get into unlicensed taxis when going out or getting home after a night out.

The Force is aware of new groups emerging on social media platforms in Bournemouth and Poole where drivers are operating unofficial taxi or lift services.

Members of the public are risking their own safety by getting into an unlicenced vehicle belonging to someone who has not been vetted.

Detective Constable Christian Bryant, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Unlicensed drivers will not have undergone background checks, are unlikely to be insured to carry passengers in their vehicles which could be in a dangerous condition, and may be targeting lone and vulnerable men and women.

“We would urge the public not to use the services of people offering lifts on unofficial social media groups and instead book a lift with a licensed and reputable taxi company.

“There is an inherent risk in accepting lifts from strangers and most people wouldn’t dream of doing so, but for women travelling alone, getting into an unlicensed cab is just as risky as getting into the car of a complete stranger.”

Councillor Bobbie Dove, portfolio holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services at BCP Council, said: “We would also advise that anyone getting in a car with someone that they don’t know to think again. You are putting your personal safety at risk as you do not know the background of the people you are getting into a car with, and you do not know how safe the car is.

“All licenced private hire and taxi drivers undergo regular criminal record checks and their cars are examined at accredited garages every six months to ensure they are safe.”


To report concerns or a crime you can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. 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)

March 8, 2022

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

March 4, 2022

Vision and Vawg

Last week saw the Chief Constable of Dorset, Scott Chilton, introduce his policing vision for the county.

His vision is one I wholeheartedly welcome and I am particularly pleased to see that it has, at its heart, being tough on crime, keeping people safe and putting victims first, priorities which are reflected in my own Police and Crime Plan.

The Police and Crime Plan is based on what the people of Dorset told me was important to them when I was campaigning to become PCC – this now is reflected in the Chief Constable’s vision for Dorset and therefore links the needs of the people through to the delivery of policing on our streets, across the whole county.

The representation of the priorities of the people and communities of Dorset is a powerful and important golden thread that runs through both plans and I very much look forward to seeing the progress associated with their implementation.

Elsewhere this week, there has been a Use of Police Powers and Scrutiny Panel meeting.
There are a few independent scrutiny panels, all of which are administered by my office and enable me to hold Dorset Police to account. The panels have an independent chair and are made up of members of the public together with representatives from the Force and OPCC.

I am grateful each and every member of the panel as their scrutiny is essential in keeping public confidence in the policing process.

Finally, this week, I should mention the new Home Office Campaign on tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) called ‘Enough’. The campaign is informed by victim support groups and survivors as well as the 180,000 responses to the Home Secretary’s Violence Against Women and Girls Call for Evidence.

This multi-year campaign will include communications to educate young people about healthy relationships and consent and ensure victims can recognise abuse and seek support.   
Beyond this campaign, the government are making significant steps forward in tackling VAWG.

The appointment of DCC Maggie Blyth, as the National Policing Lead to co-ordinate and improve the national policing response; adding VAWG to the Strategic Policing Requirement placing it on the same strategic footing as terrorism, serious organised crime and child sexual abuse and the introduction of new guidance to police forces on how to treat victims and to establish a single national survey on victim satisfaction - all important developments and all very much welcomed.


David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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

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Officers Take Action on Catalytic Converter Thefts

Officers have taken part in dedicated days of action to tackle catalytic converter thefts in Dorset.

As part of a national week of action, neighbourhood policing teams in the county were involved in a range of activity to raise awareness and crackdown on offenders between Thursday 10 February and Wednesday 16 February 2022.

The initiative saw officers join representatives from the Environment Agency, BCP Council and Dorset Council to visit scrap dealers in the area, while traffic officers also carried out a number of proactive stops of vehicles across the county.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14267

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

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Local Policing Priorities

Dear Resident,

This Dorset Alert message has been sent on behalf of your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
One of the roles of our local Neighbourhood Policing Teams is to work towards community priorities, the community inform us about. To set our priorities we look at our police systems, use our local knowledge and invite the public to complete a short survey.
Whilst each option on the survey is important, and the teams work towards tackling all the options, it is important to see what the local communities would select as their top three.
If you want to feed into our local priorities for your area, you can do so by following the link…

Click Here to Take Part

Thank you

Message Sent By:
Dom Smith (Dorset Police, NEO 5390, Bournemouth & Christchurch NEO)

March 2, 2022

Think Widen Burglary Prevention Campaign Launched

Our research shows two thirds (67%) of people are worried about their home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to reduce our chances of becoming a victim of burglary by up to 50%.

To help you be and feel safer at home, we are running our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign (1st-31st March), highlighting the simple, evidence-based WIDE measures which can be taken in any home on a variety of budgets.

At Neighbourhood Watch, we also believe neighbours keeping an eye out for each other is key to reducing burglary, so we've extended the WIDE acronym to WIDE(N):

W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked
I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb
D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors
E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor
(N): NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours


To learn more about WIDE(N) and burglary prevention measures, visit ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden.

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said 'It is not okay for two-thirds of people to fear being burgled. More needs to be done to help people be and feel safer, and when it comes to burglary, prevention is always better than cure. Since 1982 we have been supporting communities to feel and be safer. We know that by securing your home's windows, interior, doors, exterior and keeping an eye out for neighbours, we can all give ourselves the best chance of not being burgled. If you have been burgled recently, criminals are familiar with your home and may come back once you've had time to purchase new items. Act soon to avoid being retargeted - use the WIDE(N) advice for a combination of simple yet effective prevention measures.'

We have joined forces with our longstanding primary smart security partner, ERA Home Security, to bring their expertise to our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign. We are excited to invite you to some events this month:


WEBINAR: WHAT DOES SMART SECURITY MEAN FOR MY HOME? 10th March, 5-6pm delivered in partnership with ERA – booking opening soon on ourwatch.org.uk/webinars.
ASK THE EXPERTS DAY: 16th March on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram channels (see links below) – an opportunity to learn more and discuss burglary prevention live with ERA experts and Neighbourhood Watch


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If you have any questions or feedback regarding the campaign, please email enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk.

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Police Security Information Point

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a public meeting.

This will take place on Saturday 9th April 2022 at TESCO EXTRA on RIVERSIDE AVE between the hours of 1400 - 1600hrs.

Please come along as this is your opportunity to speak with your local officers to discuss any issues of concern to you.

If you are unable to attend this meeting but wish to speak to us about an issue, please call 101 or visit your local Neighbourhood Policing Team page on the Dorset Police website.

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Sam Hoskins (Police, PCSO 5343, Bournemouth East, North South)
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Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Good afternoon! I started my shift attending a planned street corner meeting in Burton outside the Onestop Shop. Is was great to catch up with one of Burton and Winkton Parish Councillors to discuss local issues.

I will keep arranging these meetings and try different times and locations across the area. I also patrolled Burton following reports of a male sleeping in a tent. Unfortunately no one was with the tent at the time. This is something we will continue to monitor and offer support if needed.

Next I attended the BP Garage and collected images of local shop lifters that are in the area. This will be shared with other local shops for their awareness.

Finally I attended Stable School on Dudmoor Farm Road to give a police talk to the pupils with our Safer Schools Officer. The children loved trying on the uniform and playing with the lights on the police car! #pcso5331 #ssct #onthebeatdorset #christchurchpolice

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

March 1, 2022

Dorset Police Chief Constable Vows To Be Tough on Crime

Dorset Police Chief Constable Scott Chilton has launched a new vision for the Force with a pledge to take the fight back to criminals in Dorset.

Chief Constable Chilton’s drive will see a relentless commitment to tackling criminal activity, making Dorset a hostile place for criminality and making the county the safest in the country.

Chief Constable Chilton said: “I am committed to creating a hostile environment for criminals in Dorset, we will switch the misery from those victims of crime to those who cause pain by tackling them head on.

“We are committed to bring more offenders to justice and our communities will see a more visible and proactive police force in Dorset. I will be putting more officers on our streets, be responsive to calls for service from our public and ensure we are more accessible through mobile police stations, neighbourhood surgeries and dedicated enforcement teams out in the community.

“We also need to provide a quality service to victims and put them at the heart of everything we do.

“I know our communities want to see action against anti-social behaviour and street level drug dealing, so I am investing in county lines enforcement teams and neighbourhood enforcement teams to be continuously pursuing those bringing drugs into our county through proactive and targeted action.”

Chief Constable Chilton is shaping the Force by tackling criminals on our roads coming into Dorset, targeting organised criminals who prey on young and vulnerable people and ensuring the force has robust and streamlined investigation processes to get those who need to be taken off the streets behind bars as quickly as possible.

Chief Constable Chilton added: “While recorded crime in Dorset remains relatively low, our communities are constantly telling me they want greater visibility from their local police and action to tackle behaviour and criminality which directly effects their lives – now we will see a change to address these issues.

“My vision is a commitment to responding to those concerns and put our resources in the right places to relentlessly pursue those involved in crime.

“Whether this be in our towns, in our rural communities or online cyber crime, all of my officers and staff will be playing their part in delivering this new approach and I know our communities will see a real difference in how policing is delivered.”

“Having a workforce which is visible, connected and trusted by our communities is critical to local policing.

“I’m committed to seeing real change in our communities and my hope is the public will join me in making Dorset the safest place to live, work and visit in the country.”

The vision aligns closely to the police and crime plan already published by Dorset PCC David Sidwick and will see all criminal justice partners across Dorset coming together and playing their part in making the county the safest place to live, visit and work.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the Chief Constable’s policing vision for Dorset and I am particularly pleased that the vision reflects my own Police and Crime Plan. I very much support the approach of being tough on crime.”

“The Police and Crime Plan is based on what the people of Dorset told me was important to them when I was campaigning to become PCC – this now is reflected in the Chief Constable’s vision for Dorset and therefore links the needs of the people through to the delivery of policing on our streets, across the whole county.

“The vision clearly states that Dorset Police will be tougher on crime, a key element when it comes to achieving our shared ambition to make Dorset the safest county.”


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

February 26, 2022

Gambling Fraud and Skateboarding

This week sees the publication of the Government’s white paper on the future of the Gambling Act.

As the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) joint lead for Addictions and Substance Misuse, I have added my voice to the debate in asking the Government to toughen up regulations on the gambling industry to help protect communities and vulnerable people from gambling-related harm.

I want to see improved powers for councils to determine where and how many gambling premises can open in their areas. Local authorities currently have limited powers to prevent the opening of gambling premises even if there are already others nearby or there are reasons why it may not be an appropriate location.

The Local Government Association is calling for councils to be given more legal flexibility and power to approve or reject applications for local gambling premises depending on local circumstances, taking into consideration the interests of the local economy, community impact and views of local residents.

I am also concerned about growing reports of people who are vulnerable to gambling-related harm being targeted with free bets and other marketing offers when they are trying to stop gambling and that is why I am supporting the call for the government to take steps to reduce the volume of advertising and marketing offers that are routinely made available via television and online.

I know that people can commit serious crimes to fund their gambling addiction and that problem gambling causes a great deal of harm to individuals and families across the UK, and so it is vital that there is support is available to those affected and, where the industry has acted irresponsibly, it is held to account for its actions.

On my website this week, you will find a free fraud flyer for you to download!

This whole idea came about when I met with Age UK, when I was on the campaign trail. They had identified a need for easy-to-read leaflet for older people who are nervous about being victims of fraud. The aim was to explain the types of fraud, what to look out for, where to get help, and how to report it - this flyer does just that.

I want to thank partners from Dorset Police, national Cyber-crime specialists, Citizens Advice and Dorset and BCP Trading Standards who have all worked with Age UK and my office, to produce this flyer. I hope you will share the link to it, print a copy of it for a family member or a friend and if it helps prevent just one person from being scammed, then it will have done its job!

Locally, this week, I have been meeting people across the Weymouth area to see Operation Relentless funding in action, to meet with a local Councillor in Littlemoor to discuss policing, communities and youth, as well as giving a talk to the Over 50’s Club at the Park Area Community Centre on my Police and Crime Plan.

But I want to tell you a bit more about finding myself in a skatepark to see first-hand how a local group are using grant funding from my office, from the Op Relentless Fund to make a difference and keep young people away from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.
I have to say that I was taken aback by the skill and dedication needed to ride a board and I was also really impressed with the scheme my office has help fund. The scheme running at the skatepark allows local children free skateboard lessons, which may not sound that important or maybe perceived a soft option - but when it comes to preventing the boredom that often leads to youths getting involved in ASB, I believe it’s important to create options, provide alternatives and give guidance and support.

The grant funding to Weymouth skatepark has allowed children, some with special educational needs, some who are at cross-roads when it comes to committing crime and ASB to learn a new skill, to be in a safe space, to be part of an organised and positive group which aims to encourage them to become part of a wider supportive community group, to stay safe and most of all to stay out of trouble – all of which can only be viewed as a positive.

I am determined to bring forward practical solutions to Dorset’s problems, to act and to help ‘fix the future’ and not just leave it to others.


David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


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

February 25, 2022

New Highway Code - A Look At The Changes and Road Safety Tips

Dorset Police in partnership with the Older Drivers Forum are offering free webinars on safe driving tips and the new Highway Code.

This webinar will start by giving an update on the findings from the Older Drivers Task Force report, then cover the new changes to the Highway Code. The webinar will also give advice on safe driving tips to help mature motorists carry on driving safely for longer.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to all the speakers during a Q&A at the end. The session will last for 90 minutes with a 10 minute break in the middle.

Please register below to get your link to join one of the two identical sessions – you DO NOT need a zoom account to join. We can't wait to see you there!

The webinar dates are:

• Thursday 10 March at 2pm - Click here to register
• Monday 14 March at 7pm - Click here to register

Visit https://olderdriversforum.com/webinars/ to find out more on our webinars


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


February 17, 2022

Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

A very windy shift with muddy boots today for PCSOs 5331 and 6093! Extensive foot patrols along the Coast in the Christchurch area through out the day! Take extra care whilst out and about due to the weather warnings. We also visited St Marks School to speak to a vulnerable pupil we are supporting and reassured a local family to help self guard their elderly relatives who have been scammed. #pcso5331 #pcso6093 #onthebeatdorset #christchurchpolice

For more crime prevention advice, please visit the Dorset Police website - https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/

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


February 12, 2022

Funding Faithworks Asb and Itsnotok

This week I am pleased to report that both Chris Loder MP and Richard Drax MP have been lobbying Parliament in the attempt to get Dorset a fair share of the government grant when it comes to police funding.

Dorset is 40th out of 41 forces when it comes to funding from the Government, and I am absolutely determined to see that change, so we get a fair deal in the future. I said to the Police and Crime Panel last week that I will lobby relentlessly on our counties behalf to get our fair share and to have the support of our MP’s in doing that is vital.

Also, this week I have met with Faithworks to discuss the ‘Change for Good’ initiative and help them lobby for more payment points in more places to make donating easier. I want to be at the heart of providing practical solutions to help the homeless and this initiative enables people move off the streets and rebuild their resilience away from rough sleeping.
I want to briefly mention the work of the North Bournemouth Crime Prevention Panel. They received funding from my office through the ‘Safer Dorset Fund’ and have been putting the funding to good use in their area.

I am delighted to report that they are working with ASB-HELP - a National Charity that provides effective support for anti-social behaviour victims and I am particularly pleased by the work they are doing with Bournemouth Blind Society. I’m hoping to visit the Panel in the near future, and I look forward to updating you all on the work they are doing.

Finally, as part of #ItsNotOK week I wanted to share with you a snapshot of some of the work that is happening to target Sexual Abuse and Violence in Dorset.

I share the focus that Dorset Police have on reducing and preventing sexual offences in Dorset and I join Dorset Police in actively encouraging victims to report offences, more reporting means more investigations taking place, more opportunities to put the perpetrators behind bars and more much needed help being given to victims*.

Since being elected in May, I have been working on implementing my Police and Crime Plan, which has at its heart priorities on tackling sexual violence, domestic abuse, stalking and other high harm areas such as VAWG. I am really pleased to say that there have been some significant developments when it comes to partnership working in this space:

Since taking up office, I have met with Women’s Aid, You First, STARS, the Water Lily 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.
I alongside my fellow PCCs in Wiltshire and Hampshire, have had an independent report commissioned into rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO). The review is complete, and a number of recommendations have been made which are now being considered by Senior Management. I look forward to providing an update on this soon.
I have funded an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker for 2 years to ensure victims of this crime type are supported 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 am pleased to see that the Force has in place a number of orders including Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Sexual Risk Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) in place. Some of the orders that are in place are for up to 10 years.
I was particularly pleased to see the Operation Vigilant initiative take place in Weymouth and Bournemouth last year. 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.
Drink spiking was also a concern for many last year and so in November I funded the purchase of over 1000 drink spiking testing kits, which were 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’.
Last year my office was successful in ensuring funding of almost £600,000 came to Dorset for projects to help women and girls feel safer on our streets. Part of the funding was allocated for CCTV, and intervention workshops to help increase awareness, change societal attitudes, and empower women and girls to feel safer. And £200,000 was dedicated to tackling Domestic Abuse – the funding went towards the Up2U Family Practice Model training which trains front line professionals, working with families, to identify signs of domestic abuse and start implementing intervention to promote a change in behaviour and reduce the risk of escalation. It also supported the expansion of the Up2U Creating Healthy Relationships Programme, commissioned by BCP Council, to temporarily increase their resources.

As I say, the above list is only a snapshot of the work that is happening.

Two weeks ago, I got to put a question to Rachel Maclean, Minister for Safeguarding at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Summit. I challenged the government on the introduction of a Stalking Register for those who fixate on sequential victims and I pledge to continue to ask the awkward questions and ask for more and more of our government in support of those who have been a victim of a sexual crime.

Make no mistake, tackling sexual offences, rape, domestic abuse, stalking and VAWG are all priority areas, and I will work tirelessly alongside the Chief Constable to drive down sexual crime and make Dorset the safest county.



David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

*(Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault, whether recently or in the past, is encouraged to contact Dorset Police online from www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online or by telephone to 101. In an emergency always call 999. Not everyone will wish to involve the police at first, but if that is the case please use the services provided anonymously by The Shores at 0800 970 9954 or www.the-shores.org.uk.)


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

February 10, 2022

Appeal To Locate Wanted Man from Weymouth

Detectives carrying out enquiries to locate a wanted man from Weymouth are appealing to the public for information to help find him.

Jamie Parkin, aged 21 and also known as Jamie Maguire, is wanted after failing to appear at court when required in connection with offences of assaulting an emergency worker and assault by beating.

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

View image here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14193

Detective Sergeant Mark Shields, of Dorset Police’s Fugitive Management Team, said: “We have been carrying out a number of proactive enquiries to try and locate Jamie Parkin, but these have so far been unsuccessful.

“I am now appealing to the public for anyone with information about his whereabouts, or who sees a man matching the description given, to please contact us.

“While we have no information to suggest Parkin presents a risk to the general public, I would urge anyone who sees him not to approach him but to instead dial 999 immediately.”

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 55210178332. 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)

February 3, 2022

Arrests Made Following Successful Cross Border Operation

Dorset Police joined officers from Wiltshire Police and Hampshire Police to target cross border rural criminality.

On Thursday 27 January 2022 officers from Dorset Police, Wiltshire Police, Hampshire Police, and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Dave Sidwick, came together to support a national operation developed to target hare coursing and cross border criminality.

Op Galileo is a national operation supported by many police forces across the UK, and by many agencies including the National Farmers’ Union, making life even more difficult for hare coursers.

Almost half of Dorset’s population live in rural areas, so an effective police response to reports of crime and anti-social behaviour affecting the rural communities is essential to helping to keep our communities safe.

By working with other forces across the country, we can share information and intelligence on offenders who cause greatest harm to our rural communities.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14157

For more information about the Rural Crime Team and specific issues affecting rural communities of Dorset, please visit dorset.police.uk/ruralcrime.

To report a rural crime anonymously, including hare coursing, livestock or machinery theft or industrial fly-tipping, call CrimeStoppers on 0800 783 0137 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

To report non urgent crime, or any suspicious incidents to Dorset Police, please go online to www.dorset.police.uk/contact-us.


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

January 29, 2022

Cctv Appeal Following Sexual Assault In Christchurch

Detectives investigating a sexual assault in Christchurch are issuing a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify.

Dorset Police received a report at around 7.15am on Saturday 4 December 2021 that the victim – a local woman aged in her late teens – was sexually assaulted by a man at an address in the town.

It is reported that the victim had met the man earlier during the night whilst out in Bournemouth.

Detective Constable David Alway, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Our investigation into the incident is ongoing and the victim is being supported while enquiries are carried out.

“I have obtained a CCTV image of a man I would like to speak to and would urge anyone who recognises him to please contact Dorset Police.”

View images here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13812

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 55210194942. 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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Overall Crime Continues To Drop For Dorset Police

Dorset Police has seen a 5.4 per cent drop in recorded crime, according to new figures released on Thursday 27 January 2022, and has the eighth 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 seventh consecutive quarter covering the 12 months to the end of September 2021. 
 
Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya said Dorset continues to be one of the safest counties in the country to live and visit.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14123


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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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A Busy and Thought Provoking Week

This has been a busy and thought-provoking week.

I continue to meet regularly with BCP Council on a variety of issues, however this week I got to discuss policing and summer planning with the Leader of BCP Council, the Chief Executive, the portfolio holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services and the Local Area Commander for BCP amongst others.

Our shared intention is to ensure that we build on what went well last Summer and put in place a shared strategic and tactical response to dealing with the increased pressure that Summer brings.

Last year saw the introduction 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 feature in my Police and Crime Plan and I can reassure residents and visitors alike that I will continue to work with our partners from both local authorities and alongside the Chief Constable to ensure that they remain a priority.

This week also sees the commemoration events of Holocaust Memorial Day. This year people are being asked to take part in the Light the Darkness ceremony, where households across the UK will be lighting candles and safely putting them in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were and to stand against prejudice and hatred today.

Holocaust Memorial Day sets out to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and victims of genocide across the world. It is abhorrent to think that millions of people can be murdered simply for having a different way of life, for having a different race or religion.

I realised this on a trip to Cologne and a visit to the Gestapo Museum which is still in the old headquarters building. There was a very emotive exhibition relating to the Holocaust and highlighted those would have been moved to the camps from the city. In addition to the Jews, The Roma people, those with disabilities and those from the BAME and the LGBTQ communities, the Gestapo and SS would send anyone they just had an ‘issue’ with to the camps. Every time you think civilisation has moved on, we find that people are being measured in ways that should be extinct.

I will be taking part in the Light the Darkness event this evening and working hard to ensure that I do everything I can, to be aware of and to tackle discrimination, racism and hatred whenever and wherever I see it.

I want Dorset to be the safest county for all of us.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


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

January 27, 2022

Community Policing Showcased As Part of A National Week of Action

Community work carried out by Dorset Police’s Neighbourhood Policing teams has been celebrated as part of the Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action.

The week of action, launched by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, took place from Monday 17 January until Sunday 23 January 2022 and was an opportunity to display and celebrate the good work the neighbourhood teams carry out in their communities across the county.

Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, from the Dorset County Neighbourhood Policing command area, said: “Seeing the good work celebrated on each local policing team social media page this week was heartening.

“Our neighbourhood policing teams are out in their communities every day, building trust and confidence, making sure that people feel safe and that we are targeting the issues that directly affect residents and business.

"This week was an ideal opportunity to show how we do this and display our continued commitment to neighbourhood policing.”

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I was happy to see the important work of the local neighbourhood policing teams celebrated on social media this week.

“Making policing more visible is a commitment I have made as part of my Police and Crime Plan. Strengthening the link between communities and the police will help us to prevent crime, keep people safe and bring offenders to justice.”

To find details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team click on the following link: https://www.dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing/

Our neighbourhood teams are available to discuss any issues you may have in your area. You can contact them online at dorset.police.uk/contact-us, or leave them a message using the 101 non-emergency service.

Remember, if a crime is in progress or life in danger, always dial 999.

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

January 24, 2022

The Last Chance To Have Your Say

The 2022/23 Policing Precept survey closes soon - so this is the last chance to have your say. If you haven't already taken the precept survey - go online now and tell your Police and Crime Commissioner your opinion. https://bit.ly/Precept22

A message from your Police and Crime Commissioner on precept...

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

Thank you
David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner



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

January 20, 2022

Bike Tagging

Christchurch NPT will be at Somerford Youth Club on Bingham Road this Saturday 22nd January between 1000hrs and 1200hrs offering FREE bike tagging.

Please come along and get you bike tagged and also to speak to the team.

Please be aware that we only have a limited amount of kits available.


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Karl Stark (Dorset Police, PCSO 5994, East Christchurch)

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Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Today we visited members of the Winkton Resident's Association Group to discuss how best to work together in the future. A number of issues were raised such as the importance of reporting and recording crime. We look forward to working and supporting this group as part of our role as local police. #pcso5331 #pcso7161 #NeighbourhoodPolicingWeek #OnTheBeatDorset #christchurchpolice

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Anna Lillywhite (Dorset Police, PCSO 5331, Christchurch West)
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Total of 112 Arrests Made As Part of Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Crackdown

The annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign saw Dorset Police target those who drive while under the influence.

In total, Dorset Police recorded 112 arrests during the December 2021 initiative – of which 84 were for drink driving, 30 for driving under the influence of drugs, and one for failing to provide a sample for analysis. Some drivers were arrested for multiple offences.

The Christmas campaign, which ran between Wednesday 1 December 2021 and Saturday 1 January 2022, was an increase on the equivalent period the previous year that saw a total of 88 drink and drug drive arrests.

Of the 84 people arrested for drink driving related offences, 65 were men and 19 were women. The youngest was 18 years old and the oldest was 75, with the average age of those arrested being 38.

For excess drug driving related offences, the driver was asked to complete a roadside swab. If this swab was positive, they were arrested and a blood sample was taken at custody for analysis. These are currently being examined before any potential charges are brought.

Of the 30 people arrested for drug driving related offences, 25 were men and five were women. The youngest was 17 years old and the oldest was 54, with the average age of those charged being 30.

During the campaign, the Force encouraged those out enjoying a drink during the festive period to plan how to get home without driving. The ‘Lift Legend’ campaign was launched, which saw Dorset Police partner with around 50 venues across Dorset to offer free drinks to those who agreed to be the designated driver for their group.

Motorists were reminded of the potential consequences of driving while under the influence and the continuing effects that alcohol and drugs can have the morning after.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14062

For non-urgent matters, or to pass information about someone who regularly drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please go to www.dorset.police.uk or call 101.


Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Neighbourhood Policing Celebrated In National Week of Action

Dorset Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council neighbourhood policing week of action, which focuses on recognising the hard work and dedication of our neighbourhood policing teams.The week of action will take place from Monday 17 January until Sunday 23 January 2022.

Neighbourhood policing is designed to make the police more visible, reduce fear among the communities and aid interaction between the public and the police. It also helps gather local knowledge, gain intelligence and build support from the public.

Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, from the Dorset County Neighbourhood Policing command area said: “Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of everything we do and building trust and confidence with our local communities is vital in helping us to prevent crime, keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities, and bring offenders to justice. “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise and celebrate the vital work that all our neighbourhood policing teams and our wider policing family perform to keep the communities of Dorset safe.”

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise the important work of the neighbourhood policing teams and highlight the good work they do within their communities. “By supporting initiatives set out within my Police and Crime Plan, such as neighbourhood watch, making policing more visible, building community strength and working with local agencies, the link between local communities and Dorset Police will be further strengthened.”

To find details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team, go to dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing. Our neighbourhood teams are available to discuss any issues you may have in your area. You can contact them online at dorset.police.uk/contact-us, or leave them a message using the 101 non-emergency service.

Remember, if a crime is in progress or life in danger, always dial 999.

Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Dorset Police Recruits New Assistant Chief Constable

Dorset Police has appointed Chief Superintendent Rachel Farrell as Assistant Chief Constable to join the Force’s Executive Team.

Rachel joins from Hampshire Constabulary and has over 26 years of policing experience including Head of Prevention and Vulnerability and Head of Major and Serious Crime along with senior leadership roles in Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships.

Dorset Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “A number of candidates took part in the highly competitive process and I am delighted that Rachel has been successful. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating her on her appointment. “I look forward to Rachel joining us in the coming weeks. I know she is committed to our aims of protecting the public, being tough on crime and making sure we remain an organisation that fully values everyone’s contribution.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell said: “I am delighted to be joining the Dorset Police family. Dorset is a place close to my heart and I have always spent a lot of time in the beautiful county as it is right on my doorstep. “Dorset is a great police force and I have been struck by the pride people have in the organisation and how determined they are about preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting victims and making sure criminals face justice for the harm they cause. I feel privileged to become part of this team. “The county is a safe place to live but there are still those who are vulnerable and exploited or who are impacted by crime. I am passionate about protecting people by tackling offenders and reducing crime. “I am looking forward to getting out and about and meeting my new colleagues, our partners and communities across the county. I will be doing everything I can to work with them all to help realise the aspirations of the Force and make Dorset even safer.”

The selection panel consisted of Chief Constable Scott Chilton MSt (Cantab), Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya, Nicky Anderson, Head of People, Gareth Sherwood, CEO of the YMCA and Dorset Ethics Chair, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Seth Why and Sophie Sajic, Head of Street Based Response Communities at BCP Council.

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

January 20, 2022

Bike Tagging

Christchurch NPT will be at Somerford Youth Club on Bingham Road this Saturday 22nd January between 1000hrs and 1200hrs offering FREE bike tagging.

Please come along and get you bike tagged and also to speak to the team.

Please be aware that we only have a limited amount of kits available.


Message Sent By:
Karl Stark (Dorset Police, PCSO 5994, East Christchurch)

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Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Today we visited members of the Winkton Resident's Association Group to discuss how best to work together in the future. A number of issues were raised such as the importance of reporting and recording crime. We look forward to working and supporting this group as part of our role as local police. #pcso5331 #pcso7161 #NeighbourhoodPolicingWeek #OnTheBeatDorset #christchurchpolice

Message Sent By:
Anna Lillywhite (Dorset Police, PCSO 5331, Christchurch West)
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Total of 112 Arrests Made As Part of Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Crackdown

The annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign saw Dorset Police target those who drive while under the influence.

In total, Dorset Police recorded 112 arrests during the December 2021 initiative – of which 84 were for drink driving, 30 for driving under the influence of drugs, and one for failing to provide a sample for analysis. Some drivers were arrested for multiple offences.

The Christmas campaign, which ran between Wednesday 1 December 2021 and Saturday 1 January 2022, was an increase on the equivalent period the previous year that saw a total of 88 drink and drug drive arrests.

Of the 84 people arrested for drink driving related offences, 65 were men and 19 were women. The youngest was 18 years old and the oldest was 75, with the average age of those arrested being 38.

For excess drug driving related offences, the driver was asked to complete a roadside swab. If this swab was positive, they were arrested and a blood sample was taken at custody for analysis. These are currently being examined before any potential charges are brought.

Of the 30 people arrested for drug driving related offences, 25 were men and five were women. The youngest was 17 years old and the oldest was 54, with the average age of those charged being 30.

During the campaign, the Force encouraged those out enjoying a drink during the festive period to plan how to get home without driving. The ‘Lift Legend’ campaign was launched, which saw Dorset Police partner with around 50 venues across Dorset to offer free drinks to those who agreed to be the designated driver for their group.

Motorists were reminded of the potential consequences of driving while under the influence and the continuing effects that alcohol and drugs can have the morning after.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14062

For non-urgent matters, or to pass information about someone who regularly drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please go to www.dorset.police.uk or call 101.


Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Neighbourhood Policing Celebrated In National Week of Action

Dorset Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council neighbourhood policing week of action, which focuses on recognising the hard work and dedication of our neighbourhood policing teams.The week of action will take place from Monday 17 January until Sunday 23 January 2022.

Neighbourhood policing is designed to make the police more visible, reduce fear among the communities and aid interaction between the public and the police. It also helps gather local knowledge, gain intelligence and build support from the public.

Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, from the Dorset County Neighbourhood Policing command area said: “Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of everything we do and building trust and confidence with our local communities is vital in helping us to prevent crime, keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities, and bring offenders to justice. “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise and celebrate the vital work that all our neighbourhood policing teams and our wider policing family perform to keep the communities of Dorset safe.”

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise the important work of the neighbourhood policing teams and highlight the good work they do within their communities. “By supporting initiatives set out within my Police and Crime Plan, such as neighbourhood watch, making policing more visible, building community strength and working with local agencies, the link between local communities and Dorset Police will be further strengthened.”

To find details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team, go to dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing. Our neighbourhood teams are available to discuss any issues you may have in your area. You can contact them online at dorset.police.uk/contact-us, or leave them a message using the 101 non-emergency service.

Remember, if a crime is in progress or life in danger, always dial 999.

Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Dorset Police Recruits New Assistant Chief Constable

Dorset Police has appointed Chief Superintendent Rachel Farrell as Assistant Chief Constable to join the Force’s Executive Team.

Rachel joins from Hampshire Constabulary and has over 26 years of policing experience including Head of Prevention and Vulnerability and Head of Major and Serious Crime along with senior leadership roles in Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships.

Dorset Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “A number of candidates took part in the highly competitive process and I am delighted that Rachel has been successful. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating her on her appointment. “I look forward to Rachel joining us in the coming weeks. I know she is committed to our aims of protecting the public, being tough on crime and making sure we remain an organisation that fully values everyone’s contribution.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell said: “I am delighted to be joining the Dorset Police family. Dorset is a place close to my heart and I have always spent a lot of time in the beautiful county as it is right on my doorstep. “Dorset is a great police force and I have been struck by the pride people have in the organisation and how determined they are about preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting victims and making sure criminals face justice for the harm they cause. I feel privileged to become part of this team. “The county is a safe place to live but there are still those who are vulnerable and exploited or who are impacted by crime. I am passionate about protecting people by tackling offenders and reducing crime. “I am looking forward to getting out and about and meeting my new colleagues, our partners and communities across the county. I will be doing everything I can to work with them all to help realise the aspirations of the Force and make Dorset even safer.”

The selection panel consisted of Chief Constable Scott Chilton MSt (Cantab), Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya, Nicky Anderson, Head of People, Gareth Sherwood, CEO of the YMCA and Dorset Ethics Chair, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Seth Why and Sophie Sajic, Head of Street Based Response Communities at BCP Council.

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

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.”

https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13812


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



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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

March 19, 2022

Catalytic Converter Thefts

Local police would like to make you aware of a recent increase in the theft of vehicle Catalytic Connverters in the BCP area. Mainly targeting Lexus, Honda.

Officers are also reminding members of the public not to leave valuables in the vehicles – thieves know all of the hiding places. We would also advise car owners to park their vehicles in a garage or on a driveway if at all possible.

Follow this link for crime prevention advice on keeping your vehicle safe from thieves https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/crime-prevention-help-advice/protect-your-property/vehicle-crime-removeitlockit/


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

Please do not use Dorset Alert to report a crime or something else that requires urgent police attention as we are unable to log details via this system.

You should call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.




Message Sent By:
Michael Wheadon (Police, PCSO 5335, Bournemouth East, North South)

March 15, 2022

Image Appeal Following Burglary In Christchurch

Officers investigating a burglary in Christchurch are issuing images of the stolen items and are asking for witnesses to come forward.
Images can be seen via the Dorset police website here.

In the early hours of Sunday 6 March 2022 a burglary occurred at an address in Thursby Road in the Highcliffe area.
Items of gold jewellery were stolen, including a Christmas tree brooch, filigree earrings, a gate bracelet, engagement ring and wedding ring.

Police Constable Greg Johnson, of Dorset Police, said: “This burglary has had a significant impact on the victim as a number of sentimental items were taken, including jewellery that belonged to his elderly mother.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Thursby Road between the evening of Saturday 5 March and the early hours of Sunday 6 March 2022 and saw or witnessed any suspicious behaviour to please come forward.
“I am issuing images of some of the stolen jewellery in the hope that someone may recognise them and know where they are or who was responsible for this offence. These items are more than just pieces of jewellery to the victim, and I would urge anyone who has seen them offered for sale locally to please contact Dorset Police.”


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 55220036567. 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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March 12, 2022

Enough To Violence Against Women and Girls


In my newsletter last week, I briefly mentioned the Home Office ‘Enough’ campaign that aims to raise awareness around Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

This week I want to expand on the work that is happening both nationally and locally, but first, I want to say that over the past few years, I have spoken frequently and unequivocally on this issue.

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.

I would again, 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. 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.

I welcome the governments VAWG strategy which sets out to make our streets safer for women and girls. The Strategy – which was shaped by over 180,000 consultation responses - will support victims by launching a 24/7 sexual assault helpline, introducing VAWG Transport Champions, introduce revised educational guidelines and bring in a £5 million Safety of Women at Night fund.

The government are also investing £70 million in practical measures to prevent abuse, giving women the freedom to safely enjoy our night-time economy.

Last year, I was pleased to see the success of Project Vigilant in Dorset – from Bournemouth to Weymouth uniformed and plain clothes officers were out and about in high footfall areas to ensure that vulnerable people were not targeted on their night out and this year, I will be lending my support for this initiative to come back to our streets.

I am also delighted to say that last year, my office was instrumental in Dorset receiving government funding under the Safer Streets Fund and the Safety of Women at Night Fund (SWaN) and once again this year, we will be bidding for more funding for Dorset.

I’m determined to ensure that Dorset is at the forefront for change, and so I would ask you to find out more about the ‘Enough’ campaign and maybe keep an eye out for the billboards that will appear over the next couple of weeks across Dorset – you never know, maybe they will spark a conversation that helps tackle VAWG in your community.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


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Susan Bloss (OPCC, Administrator, Dorset)

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Public Warning About Use of Unlicensed Taxis In Dorset


Detectives are urging the public not to get into unlicensed taxis when going out or getting home after a night out.

The Force is aware of new groups emerging on social media platforms in Bournemouth and Poole where drivers are operating unofficial taxi or lift services.

Members of the public are risking their own safety by getting into an unlicenced vehicle belonging to someone who has not been vetted.

Detective Constable Christian Bryant, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Unlicensed drivers will not have undergone background checks, are unlikely to be insured to carry passengers in their vehicles which could be in a dangerous condition, and may be targeting lone and vulnerable men and women.

“We would urge the public not to use the services of people offering lifts on unofficial social media groups and instead book a lift with a licensed and reputable taxi company.

“There is an inherent risk in accepting lifts from strangers and most people wouldn’t dream of doing so, but for women travelling alone, getting into an unlicensed cab is just as risky as getting into the car of a complete stranger.”

Councillor Bobbie Dove, portfolio holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services at BCP Council, said: “We would also advise that anyone getting in a car with someone that they don’t know to think again. You are putting your personal safety at risk as you do not know the background of the people you are getting into a car with, and you do not know how safe the car is.

“All licenced private hire and taxi drivers undergo regular criminal record checks and their cars are examined at accredited garages every six months to ensure they are safe.”


To report concerns or a crime you can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. 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)

March 8, 2022

What Does Smart Security Mean For My Home? Free Webinar

'WHAT DOES SMART SECURITY MEAN FOR MY HOME?'
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Join this virtual chat with a smart security expert from ERA, plus Q&A
Thursday 10th March, 5 - 6pm

Find out what smart security means for your home and how simple changes can vastly improve its security. During the webinar Neighbourhood Watch CEO, John Hayward-Cripps, and ERA's smart security expert, Sumier Foster-Shah, will discuss:

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Following the discussion, they will run a live Q&A session to answer all of your questions and concerns.

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF CREATING SAFER, CONNECTED AND ACTIVE COMMUNITIES


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

March 4, 2022

Vision and Vawg

Last week saw the Chief Constable of Dorset, Scott Chilton, introduce his policing vision for the county.

His vision is one I wholeheartedly welcome and I am particularly pleased to see that it has, at its heart, being tough on crime, keeping people safe and putting victims first, priorities which are reflected in my own Police and Crime Plan.

The Police and Crime Plan is based on what the people of Dorset told me was important to them when I was campaigning to become PCC – this now is reflected in the Chief Constable’s vision for Dorset and therefore links the needs of the people through to the delivery of policing on our streets, across the whole county.

The representation of the priorities of the people and communities of Dorset is a powerful and important golden thread that runs through both plans and I very much look forward to seeing the progress associated with their implementation.

Elsewhere this week, there has been a Use of Police Powers and Scrutiny Panel meeting.
There are a few independent scrutiny panels, all of which are administered by my office and enable me to hold Dorset Police to account. The panels have an independent chair and are made up of members of the public together with representatives from the Force and OPCC.

I am grateful each and every member of the panel as their scrutiny is essential in keeping public confidence in the policing process.

Finally, this week, I should mention the new Home Office Campaign on tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) called ‘Enough’. The campaign is informed by victim support groups and survivors as well as the 180,000 responses to the Home Secretary’s Violence Against Women and Girls Call for Evidence.

This multi-year campaign will include communications to educate young people about healthy relationships and consent and ensure victims can recognise abuse and seek support.   
Beyond this campaign, the government are making significant steps forward in tackling VAWG.

The appointment of DCC Maggie Blyth, as the National Policing Lead to co-ordinate and improve the national policing response; adding VAWG to the Strategic Policing Requirement placing it on the same strategic footing as terrorism, serious organised crime and child sexual abuse and the introduction of new guidance to police forces on how to treat victims and to establish a single national survey on victim satisfaction - all important developments and all very much welcomed.


David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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

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Officers Take Action on Catalytic Converter Thefts

Officers have taken part in dedicated days of action to tackle catalytic converter thefts in Dorset.

As part of a national week of action, neighbourhood policing teams in the county were involved in a range of activity to raise awareness and crackdown on offenders between Thursday 10 February and Wednesday 16 February 2022.

The initiative saw officers join representatives from the Environment Agency, BCP Council and Dorset Council to visit scrap dealers in the area, while traffic officers also carried out a number of proactive stops of vehicles across the county.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14267

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

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Local Policing Priorities

Dear Resident,

This Dorset Alert message has been sent on behalf of your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
One of the roles of our local Neighbourhood Policing Teams is to work towards community priorities, the community inform us about. To set our priorities we look at our police systems, use our local knowledge and invite the public to complete a short survey.
Whilst each option on the survey is important, and the teams work towards tackling all the options, it is important to see what the local communities would select as their top three.
If you want to feed into our local priorities for your area, you can do so by following the link…

Click Here to Take Part

Thank you

Message Sent By:
Dom Smith (Dorset Police, NEO 5390, Bournemouth & Christchurch NEO)

March 2, 2022

Think Widen Burglary Prevention Campaign Launched

Our research shows two thirds (67%) of people are worried about their home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to reduce our chances of becoming a victim of burglary by up to 50%.

To help you be and feel safer at home, we are running our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign (1st-31st March), highlighting the simple, evidence-based WIDE measures which can be taken in any home on a variety of budgets.

At Neighbourhood Watch, we also believe neighbours keeping an eye out for each other is key to reducing burglary, so we've extended the WIDE acronym to WIDE(N):

W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked
I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb
D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors
E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor
(N): NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours


To learn more about WIDE(N) and burglary prevention measures, visit ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden.

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said 'It is not okay for two-thirds of people to fear being burgled. More needs to be done to help people be and feel safer, and when it comes to burglary, prevention is always better than cure. Since 1982 we have been supporting communities to feel and be safer. We know that by securing your home's windows, interior, doors, exterior and keeping an eye out for neighbours, we can all give ourselves the best chance of not being burgled. If you have been burgled recently, criminals are familiar with your home and may come back once you've had time to purchase new items. Act soon to avoid being retargeted - use the WIDE(N) advice for a combination of simple yet effective prevention measures.'

We have joined forces with our longstanding primary smart security partner, ERA Home Security, to bring their expertise to our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign. We are excited to invite you to some events this month:


WEBINAR: WHAT DOES SMART SECURITY MEAN FOR MY HOME? 10th March, 5-6pm delivered in partnership with ERA – booking opening soon on ourwatch.org.uk/webinars.
ASK THE EXPERTS DAY: 16th March on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram channels (see links below) – an opportunity to learn more and discuss burglary prevention live with ERA experts and Neighbourhood Watch


Member discount
In addition, as a thank you for your continued support of Neighbourhood Watch, ERA is offering a discount of 10% off all alarm kits using the code NHW2022. Click here to take advantage of this special offer. Take advantage of this offer by 31st March 2022.


If you have any questions or feedback regarding the campaign, please email enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk.

Message Sent By:
Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales)

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
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Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

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Police Security Information Point

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a public meeting.

This will take place on Saturday 9th April 2022 at TESCO EXTRA on RIVERSIDE AVE between the hours of 1400 - 1600hrs.

Please come along as this is your opportunity to speak with your local officers to discuss any issues of concern to you.

If you are unable to attend this meeting but wish to speak to us about an issue, please call 101 or visit your local Neighbourhood Policing Team page on the Dorset Police website.

Message Sent By:
Sam Hoskins (Police, PCSO 5343, Bournemouth East, North South)
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Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Good afternoon! I started my shift attending a planned street corner meeting in Burton outside the Onestop Shop. Is was great to catch up with one of Burton and Winkton Parish Councillors to discuss local issues.

I will keep arranging these meetings and try different times and locations across the area. I also patrolled Burton following reports of a male sleeping in a tent. Unfortunately no one was with the tent at the time. This is something we will continue to monitor and offer support if needed.

Next I attended the BP Garage and collected images of local shop lifters that are in the area. This will be shared with other local shops for their awareness.

Finally I attended Stable School on Dudmoor Farm Road to give a police talk to the pupils with our Safer Schools Officer. The children loved trying on the uniform and playing with the lights on the police car! #pcso5331 #ssct #onthebeatdorset #christchurchpolice

Message Sent By:
Anna Lillywhite (Dorset Police, PCSO 5331, Christchurch West)

March 1, 2022

Dorset Police Chief Constable Vows To Be Tough on Crime

Dorset Police Chief Constable Scott Chilton has launched a new vision for the Force with a pledge to take the fight back to criminals in Dorset.

Chief Constable Chilton’s drive will see a relentless commitment to tackling criminal activity, making Dorset a hostile place for criminality and making the county the safest in the country.

Chief Constable Chilton said: “I am committed to creating a hostile environment for criminals in Dorset, we will switch the misery from those victims of crime to those who cause pain by tackling them head on.

“We are committed to bring more offenders to justice and our communities will see a more visible and proactive police force in Dorset. I will be putting more officers on our streets, be responsive to calls for service from our public and ensure we are more accessible through mobile police stations, neighbourhood surgeries and dedicated enforcement teams out in the community.

“We also need to provide a quality service to victims and put them at the heart of everything we do.

“I know our communities want to see action against anti-social behaviour and street level drug dealing, so I am investing in county lines enforcement teams and neighbourhood enforcement teams to be continuously pursuing those bringing drugs into our county through proactive and targeted action.”

Chief Constable Chilton is shaping the Force by tackling criminals on our roads coming into Dorset, targeting organised criminals who prey on young and vulnerable people and ensuring the force has robust and streamlined investigation processes to get those who need to be taken off the streets behind bars as quickly as possible.

Chief Constable Chilton added: “While recorded crime in Dorset remains relatively low, our communities are constantly telling me they want greater visibility from their local police and action to tackle behaviour and criminality which directly effects their lives – now we will see a change to address these issues.

“My vision is a commitment to responding to those concerns and put our resources in the right places to relentlessly pursue those involved in crime.

“Whether this be in our towns, in our rural communities or online cyber crime, all of my officers and staff will be playing their part in delivering this new approach and I know our communities will see a real difference in how policing is delivered.”

“Having a workforce which is visible, connected and trusted by our communities is critical to local policing.

“I’m committed to seeing real change in our communities and my hope is the public will join me in making Dorset the safest place to live, work and visit in the country.”

The vision aligns closely to the police and crime plan already published by Dorset PCC David Sidwick and will see all criminal justice partners across Dorset coming together and playing their part in making the county the safest place to live, visit and work.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the Chief Constable’s policing vision for Dorset and I am particularly pleased that the vision reflects my own Police and Crime Plan. I very much support the approach of being tough on crime.”

“The Police and Crime Plan is based on what the people of Dorset told me was important to them when I was campaigning to become PCC – this now is reflected in the Chief Constable’s vision for Dorset and therefore links the needs of the people through to the delivery of policing on our streets, across the whole county.

“The vision clearly states that Dorset Police will be tougher on crime, a key element when it comes to achieving our shared ambition to make Dorset the safest county.”


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

February 26, 2022

Gambling Fraud and Skateboarding

This week sees the publication of the Government’s white paper on the future of the Gambling Act.

As the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) joint lead for Addictions and Substance Misuse, I have added my voice to the debate in asking the Government to toughen up regulations on the gambling industry to help protect communities and vulnerable people from gambling-related harm.

I want to see improved powers for councils to determine where and how many gambling premises can open in their areas. Local authorities currently have limited powers to prevent the opening of gambling premises even if there are already others nearby or there are reasons why it may not be an appropriate location.

The Local Government Association is calling for councils to be given more legal flexibility and power to approve or reject applications for local gambling premises depending on local circumstances, taking into consideration the interests of the local economy, community impact and views of local residents.

I am also concerned about growing reports of people who are vulnerable to gambling-related harm being targeted with free bets and other marketing offers when they are trying to stop gambling and that is why I am supporting the call for the government to take steps to reduce the volume of advertising and marketing offers that are routinely made available via television and online.

I know that people can commit serious crimes to fund their gambling addiction and that problem gambling causes a great deal of harm to individuals and families across the UK, and so it is vital that there is support is available to those affected and, where the industry has acted irresponsibly, it is held to account for its actions.

On my website this week, you will find a free fraud flyer for you to download!

This whole idea came about when I met with Age UK, when I was on the campaign trail. They had identified a need for easy-to-read leaflet for older people who are nervous about being victims of fraud. The aim was to explain the types of fraud, what to look out for, where to get help, and how to report it - this flyer does just that.

I want to thank partners from Dorset Police, national Cyber-crime specialists, Citizens Advice and Dorset and BCP Trading Standards who have all worked with Age UK and my office, to produce this flyer. I hope you will share the link to it, print a copy of it for a family member or a friend and if it helps prevent just one person from being scammed, then it will have done its job!

Locally, this week, I have been meeting people across the Weymouth area to see Operation Relentless funding in action, to meet with a local Councillor in Littlemoor to discuss policing, communities and youth, as well as giving a talk to the Over 50’s Club at the Park Area Community Centre on my Police and Crime Plan.

But I want to tell you a bit more about finding myself in a skatepark to see first-hand how a local group are using grant funding from my office, from the Op Relentless Fund to make a difference and keep young people away from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.
I have to say that I was taken aback by the skill and dedication needed to ride a board and I was also really impressed with the scheme my office has help fund. The scheme running at the skatepark allows local children free skateboard lessons, which may not sound that important or maybe perceived a soft option - but when it comes to preventing the boredom that often leads to youths getting involved in ASB, I believe it’s important to create options, provide alternatives and give guidance and support.

The grant funding to Weymouth skatepark has allowed children, some with special educational needs, some who are at cross-roads when it comes to committing crime and ASB to learn a new skill, to be in a safe space, to be part of an organised and positive group which aims to encourage them to become part of a wider supportive community group, to stay safe and most of all to stay out of trouble – all of which can only be viewed as a positive.

I am determined to bring forward practical solutions to Dorset’s problems, to act and to help ‘fix the future’ and not just leave it to others.


David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


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

February 25, 2022

New Highway Code - A Look At The Changes and Road Safety Tips

Dorset Police in partnership with the Older Drivers Forum are offering free webinars on safe driving tips and the new Highway Code.

This webinar will start by giving an update on the findings from the Older Drivers Task Force report, then cover the new changes to the Highway Code. The webinar will also give advice on safe driving tips to help mature motorists carry on driving safely for longer.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to all the speakers during a Q&A at the end. The session will last for 90 minutes with a 10 minute break in the middle.

Please register below to get your link to join one of the two identical sessions – you DO NOT need a zoom account to join. We can't wait to see you there!

The webinar dates are:

• Thursday 10 March at 2pm - Click here to register
• Monday 14 March at 7pm - Click here to register

Visit https://olderdriversforum.com/webinars/ to find out more on our webinars


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


February 17, 2022

Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

A very windy shift with muddy boots today for PCSOs 5331 and 6093! Extensive foot patrols along the Coast in the Christchurch area through out the day! Take extra care whilst out and about due to the weather warnings. We also visited St Marks School to speak to a vulnerable pupil we are supporting and reassured a local family to help self guard their elderly relatives who have been scammed. #pcso5331 #pcso6093 #onthebeatdorset #christchurchpolice

For more crime prevention advice, please visit the Dorset Police website - https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/

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Message Sent By:
Anna Lillywhite (Dorset Police, PCSO 5331, Christchurch West)


February 12, 2022

Funding Faithworks Asb and Itsnotok

This week I am pleased to report that both Chris Loder MP and Richard Drax MP have been lobbying Parliament in the attempt to get Dorset a fair share of the government grant when it comes to police funding.

Dorset is 40th out of 41 forces when it comes to funding from the Government, and I am absolutely determined to see that change, so we get a fair deal in the future. I said to the Police and Crime Panel last week that I will lobby relentlessly on our counties behalf to get our fair share and to have the support of our MP’s in doing that is vital.

Also, this week I have met with Faithworks to discuss the ‘Change for Good’ initiative and help them lobby for more payment points in more places to make donating easier. I want to be at the heart of providing practical solutions to help the homeless and this initiative enables people move off the streets and rebuild their resilience away from rough sleeping.
I want to briefly mention the work of the North Bournemouth Crime Prevention Panel. They received funding from my office through the ‘Safer Dorset Fund’ and have been putting the funding to good use in their area.

I am delighted to report that they are working with ASB-HELP - a National Charity that provides effective support for anti-social behaviour victims and I am particularly pleased by the work they are doing with Bournemouth Blind Society. I’m hoping to visit the Panel in the near future, and I look forward to updating you all on the work they are doing.

Finally, as part of #ItsNotOK week I wanted to share with you a snapshot of some of the work that is happening to target Sexual Abuse and Violence in Dorset.

I share the focus that Dorset Police have on reducing and preventing sexual offences in Dorset and I join Dorset Police in actively encouraging victims to report offences, more reporting means more investigations taking place, more opportunities to put the perpetrators behind bars and more much needed help being given to victims*.

Since being elected in May, I have been working on implementing my Police and Crime Plan, which has at its heart priorities on tackling sexual violence, domestic abuse, stalking and other high harm areas such as VAWG. I am really pleased to say that there have been some significant developments when it comes to partnership working in this space:

Since taking up office, I have met with Women’s Aid, You First, STARS, the Water Lily 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.
I alongside my fellow PCCs in Wiltshire and Hampshire, have had an independent report commissioned into rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO). The review is complete, and a number of recommendations have been made which are now being considered by Senior Management. I look forward to providing an update on this soon.
I have funded an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker for 2 years to ensure victims of this crime type are supported 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 am pleased to see that the Force has in place a number of orders including Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Sexual Risk Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) in place. Some of the orders that are in place are for up to 10 years.
I was particularly pleased to see the Operation Vigilant initiative take place in Weymouth and Bournemouth last year. 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.
Drink spiking was also a concern for many last year and so in November I funded the purchase of over 1000 drink spiking testing kits, which were 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’.
Last year my office was successful in ensuring funding of almost £600,000 came to Dorset for projects to help women and girls feel safer on our streets. Part of the funding was allocated for CCTV, and intervention workshops to help increase awareness, change societal attitudes, and empower women and girls to feel safer. And £200,000 was dedicated to tackling Domestic Abuse – the funding went towards the Up2U Family Practice Model training which trains front line professionals, working with families, to identify signs of domestic abuse and start implementing intervention to promote a change in behaviour and reduce the risk of escalation. It also supported the expansion of the Up2U Creating Healthy Relationships Programme, commissioned by BCP Council, to temporarily increase their resources.

As I say, the above list is only a snapshot of the work that is happening.

Two weeks ago, I got to put a question to Rachel Maclean, Minister for Safeguarding at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Summit. I challenged the government on the introduction of a Stalking Register for those who fixate on sequential victims and I pledge to continue to ask the awkward questions and ask for more and more of our government in support of those who have been a victim of a sexual crime.

Make no mistake, tackling sexual offences, rape, domestic abuse, stalking and VAWG are all priority areas, and I will work tirelessly alongside the Chief Constable to drive down sexual crime and make Dorset the safest county.



David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

*(Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault, whether recently or in the past, is encouraged to contact Dorset Police online from www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online or by telephone to 101. In an emergency always call 999. Not everyone will wish to involve the police at first, but if that is the case please use the services provided anonymously by The Shores at 0800 970 9954 or www.the-shores.org.uk.)


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

February 10, 2022

Appeal To Locate Wanted Man from Weymouth

Detectives carrying out enquiries to locate a wanted man from Weymouth are appealing to the public for information to help find him.

Jamie Parkin, aged 21 and also known as Jamie Maguire, is wanted after failing to appear at court when required in connection with offences of assaulting an emergency worker and assault by beating.

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

View image here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14193

Detective Sergeant Mark Shields, of Dorset Police’s Fugitive Management Team, said: “We have been carrying out a number of proactive enquiries to try and locate Jamie Parkin, but these have so far been unsuccessful.

“I am now appealing to the public for anyone with information about his whereabouts, or who sees a man matching the description given, to please contact us.

“While we have no information to suggest Parkin presents a risk to the general public, I would urge anyone who sees him not to approach him but to instead dial 999 immediately.”

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 55210178332. 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)

February 3, 2022

Arrests Made Following Successful Cross Border Operation

Dorset Police joined officers from Wiltshire Police and Hampshire Police to target cross border rural criminality.

On Thursday 27 January 2022 officers from Dorset Police, Wiltshire Police, Hampshire Police, and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Dave Sidwick, came together to support a national operation developed to target hare coursing and cross border criminality.

Op Galileo is a national operation supported by many police forces across the UK, and by many agencies including the National Farmers’ Union, making life even more difficult for hare coursers.

Almost half of Dorset’s population live in rural areas, so an effective police response to reports of crime and anti-social behaviour affecting the rural communities is essential to helping to keep our communities safe.

By working with other forces across the country, we can share information and intelligence on offenders who cause greatest harm to our rural communities.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14157

For more information about the Rural Crime Team and specific issues affecting rural communities of Dorset, please visit dorset.police.uk/ruralcrime.

To report a rural crime anonymously, including hare coursing, livestock or machinery theft or industrial fly-tipping, call CrimeStoppers on 0800 783 0137 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

To report non urgent crime, or any suspicious incidents to Dorset Police, please go online to www.dorset.police.uk/contact-us.


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

January 29, 2022

Cctv Appeal Following Sexual Assault In Christchurch

Detectives investigating a sexual assault in Christchurch are issuing a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify.

Dorset Police received a report at around 7.15am on Saturday 4 December 2021 that the victim – a local woman aged in her late teens – was sexually assaulted by a man at an address in the town.

It is reported that the victim had met the man earlier during the night whilst out in Bournemouth.

Detective Constable David Alway, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Our investigation into the incident is ongoing and the victim is being supported while enquiries are carried out.

“I have obtained a CCTV image of a man I would like to speak to and would urge anyone who recognises him to please contact Dorset Police.”

View images here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13812

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 55210194942. 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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Overall Crime Continues To Drop For Dorset Police

Dorset Police has seen a 5.4 per cent drop in recorded crime, according to new figures released on Thursday 27 January 2022, and has the eighth 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 seventh consecutive quarter covering the 12 months to the end of September 2021. 
 
Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya said Dorset continues to be one of the safest counties in the country to live and visit.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14123


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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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A Busy and Thought Provoking Week

This has been a busy and thought-provoking week.

I continue to meet regularly with BCP Council on a variety of issues, however this week I got to discuss policing and summer planning with the Leader of BCP Council, the Chief Executive, the portfolio holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services and the Local Area Commander for BCP amongst others.

Our shared intention is to ensure that we build on what went well last Summer and put in place a shared strategic and tactical response to dealing with the increased pressure that Summer brings.

Last year saw the introduction 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 feature in my Police and Crime Plan and I can reassure residents and visitors alike that I will continue to work with our partners from both local authorities and alongside the Chief Constable to ensure that they remain a priority.

This week also sees the commemoration events of Holocaust Memorial Day. This year people are being asked to take part in the Light the Darkness ceremony, where households across the UK will be lighting candles and safely putting them in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were and to stand against prejudice and hatred today.

Holocaust Memorial Day sets out to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and victims of genocide across the world. It is abhorrent to think that millions of people can be murdered simply for having a different way of life, for having a different race or religion.

I realised this on a trip to Cologne and a visit to the Gestapo Museum which is still in the old headquarters building. There was a very emotive exhibition relating to the Holocaust and highlighted those would have been moved to the camps from the city. In addition to the Jews, The Roma people, those with disabilities and those from the BAME and the LGBTQ communities, the Gestapo and SS would send anyone they just had an ‘issue’ with to the camps. Every time you think civilisation has moved on, we find that people are being measured in ways that should be extinct.

I will be taking part in the Light the Darkness event this evening and working hard to ensure that I do everything I can, to be aware of and to tackle discrimination, racism and hatred whenever and wherever I see it.

I want Dorset to be the safest county for all of us.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner


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

January 27, 2022

Community Policing Showcased As Part of A National Week of Action

Community work carried out by Dorset Police’s Neighbourhood Policing teams has been celebrated as part of the Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action.

The week of action, launched by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, took place from Monday 17 January until Sunday 23 January 2022 and was an opportunity to display and celebrate the good work the neighbourhood teams carry out in their communities across the county.

Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, from the Dorset County Neighbourhood Policing command area, said: “Seeing the good work celebrated on each local policing team social media page this week was heartening.

“Our neighbourhood policing teams are out in their communities every day, building trust and confidence, making sure that people feel safe and that we are targeting the issues that directly affect residents and business.

"This week was an ideal opportunity to show how we do this and display our continued commitment to neighbourhood policing.”

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I was happy to see the important work of the local neighbourhood policing teams celebrated on social media this week.

“Making policing more visible is a commitment I have made as part of my Police and Crime Plan. Strengthening the link between communities and the police will help us to prevent crime, keep people safe and bring offenders to justice.”

To find details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team click on the following link: https://www.dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing/

Our neighbourhood teams are available to discuss any issues you may have in your area. You can contact them online at dorset.police.uk/contact-us, or leave them a message using the 101 non-emergency service.

Remember, if a crime is in progress or life in danger, always dial 999.

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

January 24, 2022

The Last Chance To Have Your Say

The 2022/23 Policing Precept survey closes soon - so this is the last chance to have your say. If you haven't already taken the precept survey - go online now and tell your Police and Crime Commissioner your opinion. https://bit.ly/Precept22

A message from your Police and Crime Commissioner on precept...

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

Thank you
David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner



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

January 20, 2022

Bike Tagging

Christchurch NPT will be at Somerford Youth Club on Bingham Road this Saturday 22nd January between 1000hrs and 1200hrs offering FREE bike tagging.

Please come along and get you bike tagged and also to speak to the team.

Please be aware that we only have a limited amount of kits available.


Message Sent By:
Karl Stark (Dorset Police, PCSO 5994, East Christchurch)

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Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Today we visited members of the Winkton Resident's Association Group to discuss how best to work together in the future. A number of issues were raised such as the importance of reporting and recording crime. We look forward to working and supporting this group as part of our role as local police. #pcso5331 #pcso7161 #NeighbourhoodPolicingWeek #OnTheBeatDorset #christchurchpolice

Message Sent By:
Anna Lillywhite (Dorset Police, PCSO 5331, Christchurch West)
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Total of 112 Arrests Made As Part of Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Crackdown

The annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign saw Dorset Police target those who drive while under the influence.

In total, Dorset Police recorded 112 arrests during the December 2021 initiative – of which 84 were for drink driving, 30 for driving under the influence of drugs, and one for failing to provide a sample for analysis. Some drivers were arrested for multiple offences.

The Christmas campaign, which ran between Wednesday 1 December 2021 and Saturday 1 January 2022, was an increase on the equivalent period the previous year that saw a total of 88 drink and drug drive arrests.

Of the 84 people arrested for drink driving related offences, 65 were men and 19 were women. The youngest was 18 years old and the oldest was 75, with the average age of those arrested being 38.

For excess drug driving related offences, the driver was asked to complete a roadside swab. If this swab was positive, they were arrested and a blood sample was taken at custody for analysis. These are currently being examined before any potential charges are brought.

Of the 30 people arrested for drug driving related offences, 25 were men and five were women. The youngest was 17 years old and the oldest was 54, with the average age of those charged being 30.

During the campaign, the Force encouraged those out enjoying a drink during the festive period to plan how to get home without driving. The ‘Lift Legend’ campaign was launched, which saw Dorset Police partner with around 50 venues across Dorset to offer free drinks to those who agreed to be the designated driver for their group.

Motorists were reminded of the potential consequences of driving while under the influence and the continuing effects that alcohol and drugs can have the morning after.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14062

For non-urgent matters, or to pass information about someone who regularly drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please go to www.dorset.police.uk or call 101.


Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Neighbourhood Policing Celebrated In National Week of Action

Dorset Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council neighbourhood policing week of action, which focuses on recognising the hard work and dedication of our neighbourhood policing teams.The week of action will take place from Monday 17 January until Sunday 23 January 2022.

Neighbourhood policing is designed to make the police more visible, reduce fear among the communities and aid interaction between the public and the police. It also helps gather local knowledge, gain intelligence and build support from the public.

Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, from the Dorset County Neighbourhood Policing command area said: “Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of everything we do and building trust and confidence with our local communities is vital in helping us to prevent crime, keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities, and bring offenders to justice. “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise and celebrate the vital work that all our neighbourhood policing teams and our wider policing family perform to keep the communities of Dorset safe.”

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise the important work of the neighbourhood policing teams and highlight the good work they do within their communities. “By supporting initiatives set out within my Police and Crime Plan, such as neighbourhood watch, making policing more visible, building community strength and working with local agencies, the link between local communities and Dorset Police will be further strengthened.”

To find details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team, go to dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing. Our neighbourhood teams are available to discuss any issues you may have in your area. You can contact them online at dorset.police.uk/contact-us, or leave them a message using the 101 non-emergency service.

Remember, if a crime is in progress or life in danger, always dial 999.

Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Dorset Police Recruits New Assistant Chief Constable

Dorset Police has appointed Chief Superintendent Rachel Farrell as Assistant Chief Constable to join the Force’s Executive Team.

Rachel joins from Hampshire Constabulary and has over 26 years of policing experience including Head of Prevention and Vulnerability and Head of Major and Serious Crime along with senior leadership roles in Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships.

Dorset Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “A number of candidates took part in the highly competitive process and I am delighted that Rachel has been successful. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating her on her appointment. “I look forward to Rachel joining us in the coming weeks. I know she is committed to our aims of protecting the public, being tough on crime and making sure we remain an organisation that fully values everyone’s contribution.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell said: “I am delighted to be joining the Dorset Police family. Dorset is a place close to my heart and I have always spent a lot of time in the beautiful county as it is right on my doorstep. “Dorset is a great police force and I have been struck by the pride people have in the organisation and how determined they are about preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting victims and making sure criminals face justice for the harm they cause. I feel privileged to become part of this team. “The county is a safe place to live but there are still those who are vulnerable and exploited or who are impacted by crime. I am passionate about protecting people by tackling offenders and reducing crime. “I am looking forward to getting out and about and meeting my new colleagues, our partners and communities across the county. I will be doing everything I can to work with them all to help realise the aspirations of the Force and make Dorset even safer.”

The selection panel consisted of Chief Constable Scott Chilton MSt (Cantab), Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya, Nicky Anderson, Head of People, Gareth Sherwood, CEO of the YMCA and Dorset Ethics Chair, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Seth Why and Sophie Sajic, Head of Street Based Response Communities at BCP Council.

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

January 20, 2022

Bike Tagging

Christchurch NPT will be at Somerford Youth Club on Bingham Road this Saturday 22nd January between 1000hrs and 1200hrs offering FREE bike tagging.

Please come along and get you bike tagged and also to speak to the team.

Please be aware that we only have a limited amount of kits available.


Message Sent By:
Karl Stark (Dorset Police, PCSO 5994, East Christchurch)

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Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Today we visited members of the Winkton Resident's Association Group to discuss how best to work together in the future. A number of issues were raised such as the importance of reporting and recording crime. We look forward to working and supporting this group as part of our role as local police. #pcso5331 #pcso7161 #NeighbourhoodPolicingWeek #OnTheBeatDorset #christchurchpolice

Message Sent By:
Anna Lillywhite (Dorset Police, PCSO 5331, Christchurch West)
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Total of 112 Arrests Made As Part of Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Crackdown

The annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign saw Dorset Police target those who drive while under the influence.

In total, Dorset Police recorded 112 arrests during the December 2021 initiative – of which 84 were for drink driving, 30 for driving under the influence of drugs, and one for failing to provide a sample for analysis. Some drivers were arrested for multiple offences.

The Christmas campaign, which ran between Wednesday 1 December 2021 and Saturday 1 January 2022, was an increase on the equivalent period the previous year that saw a total of 88 drink and drug drive arrests.

Of the 84 people arrested for drink driving related offences, 65 were men and 19 were women. The youngest was 18 years old and the oldest was 75, with the average age of those arrested being 38.

For excess drug driving related offences, the driver was asked to complete a roadside swab. If this swab was positive, they were arrested and a blood sample was taken at custody for analysis. These are currently being examined before any potential charges are brought.

Of the 30 people arrested for drug driving related offences, 25 were men and five were women. The youngest was 17 years old and the oldest was 54, with the average age of those charged being 30.

During the campaign, the Force encouraged those out enjoying a drink during the festive period to plan how to get home without driving. The ‘Lift Legend’ campaign was launched, which saw Dorset Police partner with around 50 venues across Dorset to offer free drinks to those who agreed to be the designated driver for their group.

Motorists were reminded of the potential consequences of driving while under the influence and the continuing effects that alcohol and drugs can have the morning after.

View full article here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/14062

For non-urgent matters, or to pass information about someone who regularly drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please go to www.dorset.police.uk or call 101.


Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Neighbourhood Policing Celebrated In National Week of Action

Dorset Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council neighbourhood policing week of action, which focuses on recognising the hard work and dedication of our neighbourhood policing teams.The week of action will take place from Monday 17 January until Sunday 23 January 2022.

Neighbourhood policing is designed to make the police more visible, reduce fear among the communities and aid interaction between the public and the police. It also helps gather local knowledge, gain intelligence and build support from the public.

Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, from the Dorset County Neighbourhood Policing command area said: “Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of everything we do and building trust and confidence with our local communities is vital in helping us to prevent crime, keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities, and bring offenders to justice. “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise and celebrate the vital work that all our neighbourhood policing teams and our wider policing family perform to keep the communities of Dorset safe.”

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise the important work of the neighbourhood policing teams and highlight the good work they do within their communities. “By supporting initiatives set out within my Police and Crime Plan, such as neighbourhood watch, making policing more visible, building community strength and working with local agencies, the link between local communities and Dorset Police will be further strengthened.”

To find details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team, go to dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing. Our neighbourhood teams are available to discuss any issues you may have in your area. You can contact them online at dorset.police.uk/contact-us, or leave them a message using the 101 non-emergency service.

Remember, if a crime is in progress or life in danger, always dial 999.

Message Sent By:
Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)
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Dorset Police Recruits New Assistant Chief Constable

Dorset Police has appointed Chief Superintendent Rachel Farrell as Assistant Chief Constable to join the Force’s Executive Team.

Rachel joins from Hampshire Constabulary and has over 26 years of policing experience including Head of Prevention and Vulnerability and Head of Major and Serious Crime along with senior leadership roles in Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships.

Dorset Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “A number of candidates took part in the highly competitive process and I am delighted that Rachel has been successful. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating her on her appointment. “I look forward to Rachel joining us in the coming weeks. I know she is committed to our aims of protecting the public, being tough on crime and making sure we remain an organisation that fully values everyone’s contribution.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell said: “I am delighted to be joining the Dorset Police family. Dorset is a place close to my heart and I have always spent a lot of time in the beautiful county as it is right on my doorstep. “Dorset is a great police force and I have been struck by the pride people have in the organisation and how determined they are about preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting victims and making sure criminals face justice for the harm they cause. I feel privileged to become part of this team. “The county is a safe place to live but there are still those who are vulnerable and exploited or who are impacted by crime. I am passionate about protecting people by tackling offenders and reducing crime. “I am looking forward to getting out and about and meeting my new colleagues, our partners and communities across the county. I will be doing everything I can to work with them all to help realise the aspirations of the Force and make Dorset even safer.”

The selection panel consisted of Chief Constable Scott Chilton MSt (Cantab), Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya, Nicky Anderson, Head of People, Gareth Sherwood, CEO of the YMCA and Dorset Ethics Chair, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Seth Why and Sophie Sajic, Head of Street Based Response Communities at BCP Council.

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

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.”

https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/13812


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



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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


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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


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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



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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)

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