Confidence in Dorset Police is slipping

Confidence in Dorset Police is slipping

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:42am 12th July 2019.

Dorset's Police and crime commissioner says despite confidence levels in the force falling the county is still doing very well.

Dorset used to be at the very top of the league for confidence, its now ranked as sixth best.

Martyn Underhill said:

"Having lost about 30,000 posts nationally the police is now on its knees and its no wonder that public satisfaction is the lowest it has been for years."

He told this week’s police and crime panel that he could expect nothing else when budgets had been cut by the Government. He said he shared the views of five Chief police officers, writing in The Times, to call for action to reverse what they described as the crisis in policing.

He said that he would support a request for a Royal Commission on the police service and would also back calls for longer-term budgets.

Mr Underhill said it was ‘a nonsense’ that budgets had to be set on an annual basis and said that a three or five-year settlement would be better for forward planning.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter