Police And Crime Commissioner Sets Out Goals

Police And Crime Commissioner Sets Out Goals

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 4:03pm 12th May 2016. (Updated at 7:24am 16th May 2016)

Martyn Underhill has been talking to Wessex FM about his priorities for Dorset after his re-election as the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Martyn Underhill has been talking to Wessex FM about his priorities for Dorset after his re-election as the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mr Underhill, the Independent candidate, was re-elected on 6 May with a total 66,660 votes, taking into account the first and second stage voting process, when Dorset residents went to the ballot box to elect their Commissioner.

A total 129,461 votes were cast, giving an overall turnout of 22.54% - an increase on the 16.77% turnout during the inaugural 2012 elections.

Martyn said: "I would like to thank the people of Dorset for placing their trust in me to continue to ensure that Dorset benefits from an efficient and effective police service. We have made significant progress during my first term with a police force judged as 'good' in most areas of policing by the independent inspectorate."

"I have guided the force through unprecedented cuts of £18m to the policing budget during my first term, whilst introducing a new IT system to modernise policing and equip officers with the necessary tools to be more visible in our communities.

"Whilst we've made significant progress, there is still much work to do and I will continue to work hard with the Chief Constable to reduce crime, improve community safety and most importantly, represent Dorset residents' views in policing and crime, independent of party politics."

"I have big ambitions for my next term to build upon the good work that has been achieved so far. I want to place a greater focus on the prevention of casualties on our roads, provide greater support to our marine and rural communities as well as reduce the number of victims of crime and reoffending rates, protecting those members of our community that are most at risk."

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