Since his re-election in May, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, has outlined eight key manifesto pledges he will achieve during the first 100 days of his new term of office.
He has pledged that the initial priorities will be achieved by 20 August 2016. These are:
- Introduce a 101 Service Improvement Panel to deliver ongoing public scrutiny of non-emergency telephone contact with Dorset Police.
- Launch a charitable ‘Safer Dorset Foundation’ to support crime prevention and promote a safer and improved quality of life.
- Increase the number of officers dealing with cases of online child abuse in response to rising demand.
- Fund an extra post in the marine section to maintain cover across two separate shifts.
- Implement a rural crime team to prevent, investigate and prosecute crimes specifically affecting rural communities.
- Commission a report to better understand what energy efficiencies can be made to reduce the amount spent on utilities across the force every year and to improve our carbon footprint.
- Continue to educate residents and businesses on how to stay safe online.
- Increase the availability of drug driving test kits across the force.
Martyn Underhill said: “We’ve made significant progress during my first term but there is still a large amount of work to be done. Achieving these first seven commitments will be a stepping stone onto further work I outlined during my election campaign. We cannot stand still. Policing is constantly changing and we must change with it to keep Dorset safe.
“Some of the longer term objectives I’ve got for this term include moving the police complaints process into my office, reducing the number of victims of crime and reoffending rates in Dorset, protecting those members of our community that are most at risk and increasing overall police officer numbers.”