Dorset's Police And Crime Commissioner Welcomes Progress Report
8:49am 6th May 2014
Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed plans to strengthen the role of police and crime panels.
Martyn Underhill also wants to see candidates at the next crime commissioner's elections in 2016 name their intended 'running mate' as deputy.
Responding to the home affairs select committee report on the progress of PCC's, Mr Underhill says they engage effectively with communities, citing the 25 forums he holds a year, and feels it is narrowing the gap between police and public.
He says the PCC's roles are different in each county but here he's become involved in issues as varied as giving victims more of a voice, and whether or not Dorset Police should form a strategic alliance with the Devon and Cornwall force.
Mr Underhill went on to say; "The concept of Police and Crime Commissioners is still in its infancy. However, I do believe that we are changing the landscape for the better. PCCs across the country are giving victims a voice and working hard to improve their journey. Last year I opened the Dorset Victims Bureau. Next year, it will become the first multi-agency victims bureau in the country. I am still learning, defining and developing my role in serving the people of Dorset but I am determined to listen and innovate to the best of my ability over the rest of my term in office. I welcome the debate which this report will generate. As always, I welcome your views. E-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org."
You can read Martyn Underhills latest blog for Wessex FM HERE.