South West Portwatch Scheme Launch

12 December 2017, PCC Martyn Underhill and Poole Harbour Watch supported the launch of a new South West Portwatch scheme, which took place at the Dorset Police Marine Unit in Poole.

The scheme has been rolled out across the strategic alliance, aiming to tackle the specific and unique challenges faced by marine communities. The scheme consists of a secure website and a phone application which sends push notifications out to members.

Inspector Derek McKerl of the Alliance Operations Department said: “Portwatch is a two-way regional messaging system that allows the police, partners and marine communities to share intelligence and manage threat, risk and harm more efficiently. The scheme allows members to report marine or ports related crime directly to those working in this specialised area, reducing demand on control rooms. 

To find out more about the South West Portwatch scheme, visit www.maritimeportwatch.schemelink.co.uk. If you feel that your business could benefit from membership, contact portwatch@dorset.pnn.police.uk for further details. 

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