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Award for Dorset PCC

Martyn Underhill

8:10am 29th April 2014

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner has been presented with a prestigious national award for the way that he engages with the community.

Martyn Underhill was given the award ahead of the 41 other PCC's around the country, for using public forums and private focus groups to reach out to victims of crime.

His team, which is one of the smallest compared to other commissioners, were also awarded for transparency last year by the body set up to scrutinise their performance.

Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC who presented the award said: "What is particularly impressive is that Dorset OPCC is one of the smallest teams in the country. It is an indication that with the right team, it is possible to achieve great things. This award is about recognising quality, drive and dedication."

Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: "This is the second accolade we have received from CoPaCC. Not only have we been awarded Gold for our engagement, we were also highly commended in the CoPaCC transparency awards last year. This is a remarkable achievement for my office. I would like to thank my team, advocates and volunteers for all their hard work."

Susan Bickle, Community Engagement Officer for Dorset OPCC said: "We are expanding our engagement across Dorset, from open public forums to private focus groups for victims of crime. These are a great way for members of the community to discuss their experiences and voice any concerns they may have. This national award recognises our commitment and dedication to communities in Dorset."

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