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Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner Reveals 5 Year Plan

Martyn Underhill

12:42pm 31st January 2013

More support for victims of crime, better crime prevention and 250 more special constables and volunteers on the beat in Dorset.

That's what Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner wants to happen over the next 5 years.

Martyn Underhill has revealed details of his Draft Plan that'll be presented to a Police panel next week, before going out for public consultation.

The report includes six priorities. They are to reduce the number of victims of crime, reduce the number of people seriously harmed; to protect the public from serious threats; reduce reoffending; increase people's satisfaction in policing and to support Neighbourhood Policing.

Mr Underhill said "My vision is for a Dorset where people feel safe, both at home and in the community. I want to see people working together to prevent crime. We need to reduce the number of victims but for those who do become victims, we need to support them every step of the way"

Underhill also wants to introduce Clare's Law in Dorset, that'll allow people to check weather their partner has a violent past. He's written to the Home Secretary asking her to consider Dorset as a pilot for the scheme.

On a more controversial note, the Commissioner is asking households to pay an extra 1 pence a day in Council Tax to help fund the recruitment of 12 new Police Officers - details which aren't outlined in his Draft Plan.

Mr Underhill will be formally presenting his plan to members of the Police and Crime Panel on 7 February along with his proposals for the Police Budget.

The plan is available on the PCC website, click here to take a look.

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