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Dorset PCC Defends Force Over Watchdog Report

Debbie Simpson and Martyn Underhill

2:33pm 4th September 2014

A new Core report published today into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time has suggested areas of improvement in Dorset as well as identifying good practice in the County.

The business report explains how well the force in Dorset are doing in all aspects of policing which includes preventing anti-social behaviour as well as how they respond to reports of crime.

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner said; "Dorset Police is one of the lowest funded forces in England and Wales, and have had to make 20% savings over the last 5 years. This places a huge strain on an already shrinking workforce."

The Commissioner also said that we cannot expect officers to attend 100% of crime and gave the example of a homeowner reporting a stolen garden ornament.

In an effort to improve efficiency and help free up police time, Dorset Police are introducing body cams and mobile date devices that will save officers time whilst boosting their visibility in the community.

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