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Minister Supports Plans To Sponsor Dorset Police

Martyn Underhill

7:49am 16th May 2013

The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice is backing plans to sponsor Dorset Police.

The idea was thought-up the Dorset Crime Commisioner Martyn Underhill, as a way of bridging the funding gap.

Our local force is the lowest funded in the UK.

Underhill and the Chief Constable of Dorset met Damien Green MP to talk over his idea yesterday (Wednesday 15th May).

Mr Underhill said: "I am pleased with the response we received from the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, Damien Green. He has indicated his support to our approach to sponsorship providing the necessary caveats are in place. It will now be taken to the College of Policing for a national policy to be drawn up, with suitable safeguards to protect integrity and maintain the dignity of the Police."

Mr Underhill added: "We also spoke about the budget cuts the Force is facing and I stressed the need to re-address the funding formula for Dorset. The Minister has also agreed that Police and Crime Commissioners will be involved in the Police Funding Review Body. This is welcome news. It is crucial that Dorset is given fair representation."

It is the first time that the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice Damien Green has held a joint meeting with a Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable from the same Force area.

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