'Enjoy the warm weather safely' says Dorset Police

'Enjoy the warm weather safely' says Dorset Police

Published by George Sharpe at 9:07am 31st July 2020.

Dorset Police are urging us to stay safe ahead of a weekend of high temperatures.

Today's set to be one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures hitting 25 staying above 20° this weekend.

Police are urging people to enjoy the warm weather safely and responsibly as they prepare to cope with an increased demand for their service. 

They have already seen an increase in demand recently and have attended more than 3,000 incidents over the past two weeks. 

That is 20 per cent above the national average. 

Dorset Police are expecting this to rise with the sunny weather forecast over the weekend.

Superintendent Richard Bell, the Force's silver commander for summer policing, said:

"We have been working with partners throughout recent weeks to ensure we have a detailed plan in place to cope with the expected influx of visitors to our county during sunny spells this summer.

"We are all keen to welcome visitors to our area but we want to ensure people enjoy what Dorset has to offer in a safe, respectful and responsible manner that does not place an additional strain on all emergency services and public resources."

Dorset Police have been putting additional resources in place, including high visibility patrols at key hotspots, which they will continue throughout the summer. 

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Superintendent Richard Bell, continued:

"However, it may be that at times of peak demand we will have to prioritise the deployment of our officers and resources to those communities and locations which are most vulnerable, threatened or at risk of harm.

"Members of the public can help us to manage the level of demand by acting in a sensible manner and taking a moment to think before they call the police if it is not an emergency.
"Sadly we do get a number of nuisance or unnecessary calls into our control room and these can be a drain on our resources, particularly during busy periods.

"Clearly, if life is in danger or a crime is in progress, we would always urge people to call 999 immediately."

If you do have a matter that needs reporting and is not urgent, consider using the 'Do it Online' facility at www.dorset.police.uk or email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk.