Work with regional partners to keep people safe
In acknowledgement of the complexities and challenges in tackling serious organised crime and other shared priorities, the PCC pledged to work with partners and other police forces across the South West region. Collaborating and combining resources allows for a more efficient and effective response to cross-border issues.
There are a number of examples of how the Commissioner and his office contributes and/or facilitates efforts to work jointly with partners to tackle shared priorities and challenges, including:
Working Together programme – an alliance between Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police with the specific aim of improving delivery, resilience and flexibility across the two force areas whilst also saving money and increasing efficiency.
The programme has seen the creation of a significant number of shared functions, both frontline (eg roads policing, dog section, drone unit, marine section and armed response) and back office (eg finance and personnel services) along with the convergence and alignment of a number of shared systems and processes.
The programme has realised annual savings of £1.2m which has largely been reinvested into police officers and other frontline policing roles.
South West Regional Collaboration Programme – The PCC continues to play an active role within the long-established regional collaboration programme, which provides oversight and scrutiny of a number of initiatives, including:
South West Reducing Reoffending Board – created in 2019 to co-ordinate efforts regionally to break the cycle of reoffending and influence Government reforms to the provision of probation and offender management services. The board has identified four priority groups for focus:
This compliments a number of local groups, working together to tackle shared crime, community safety and criminal justice priorities, including Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), the Dorset Criminal Justice Board (DCJB), the Dorset Strategic Road Safety Partnership (DSRSP) and Dorset Anti-Slavery Partnership (ASP).