Continue to build on relationships with business communities
One of the commitments made by the PCC relating to business crime concerned continuing to maintain and develop relationships with local business leaders and organisations.
As with many areas of crime and community safety, a partnership approach to business crime provides the most effective response to identify ways the police and businesses in Dorset can work together to reduce crime and reduce the impact this has on the community.
The Commissioner and Chief Constable are both keen to ensure that businesses have the confidence to report crimes and incidents as intelligence and information sharing is vital for understanding the true picture of business crime locally. Whilst policing continues to face challenges around demand and levels of resourcing, an accurate picture of crime locally helps to inform appropriate responses and resourcing.
The PCC has continued to meet regularly with local business groups and leaders across the term of office, including representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), National Famers Union (NFU), Country Land & Business Association (CLA) and Castlepoint Shopping Centre. This ongoing contact has allowed the Commissioner to remain up to date on the issues and concerns affecting businesses and to assist in his role of scrutinising the police response.
As mentioned elsewhere in the commitment relating to improving the response to business crime, the office of the PCC has also been instrumental in developing a new Business Crime Strategy and represented on the working group responsible for implementing a new engagement structure, ensuring linkage and coordination between Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) ‘on the ground’ and the police and business groups at a more strategic level.
We continue to develop these arrangements and expand representation to ensure that the business ‘voice’ is fully heard.