Bourne Free

The PCC, OPCC staff and volunteers attended Bourne Free to consult with communities over the new Police & Crime Plan for Dorset.

Bourne Free supports the LGBT community and for the last 13 years has staged a three day festival in the centre of Bournemouth. People came from all across the county to take part in the celebrations.

The Commissioner has previously raised concerns that the LGBTQ victims of sex abuse and domestic violence often don't report offences to police.

Events like Bourne Free, of which the PCC Martyn Underhill is a trustee, provide a fantastic opportunity to engage with LGBTQ communities to understand any barriers to reporting that may need addressing.

The OPCC unveiled the new Dorset Police Pride vehicle, used at the event as a tool to encourage engagement between the police and local communities.

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