Bright year ahead for Dorset Police, say bosses

Bright year ahead for Dorset Police, say bosses

Published by George Sharpe at 9:44am 24th December 2019.

Dorset Police bosses look to the next year and reflect on 2019.

Dorset Police's Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner say next year promises more officers and new opportunities.

This year the force got 10 out of 10 'good' ratings by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services. 

They're also urging people to stay safe this Christmas.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said:

"As a force we have had another busy, but hugely successful, year and I would like to thank all of my officers and staff for their hard work and dedication keeping Dorset safe. The fact Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) rated us as a 'good' force in all 10 areas inspected is testament to the work they all do keeping our communities safe. I am very proud to be their Chief Constable. 

CC James Vaughan

"I appreciate that we can always do more and after year-on-year budget reductions, shrinking resources and growing demand, I am delighted to be welcoming the new officers joining us next year as part of the officer uplift scheme. We will use this investment to continue to drive forward with our shared ambition to provide an outstanding service to the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

"Finally, I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those officers and staff, as well those working for other emergency services, who will be on duty over the festive period. It is not lost on me the impact this has on them and their loved ones."

50 more officers

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill announced last week that he will not be standing for re-election next year, having held the role for the past 7 years.

He said:

"I want to wish everyone across Dorset a very happy and a safe Christmas. 

"Sadly, this will be my last Christmas with you as Police & Crime Commissioner, as you will have heard by now that I have made the difficult decision not to stand for a third term next May. 

"I'm hoping the New Year will bring some excellent opportunities for the Force and indeed for whoever succeeds me as PCC. I'm very encouraged by the promises of extra police officers, but we need to make sure this recruitment can be properly funded. 

Police night

"That's why I've asked residents for an additional £1.25 a month in the council tax precept, which will enable the Force to deliver a balanced budget and recruit an extra 50 officers next year. 

"Spend time with family and friends this Christmas, enjoy yourselves, but please - if you are going out to parties - don't drink and drive. I look forward to continuing to work with you in the New Year and helping ensure we have the best possible police force to serve the people of our county."

The PCC's asking us to complete an online survey about whether we'd pay an extra £1.25 to see the proposed 50 officers.