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David Sidwick's first 100 days

It’s been a huge honour to take up the role and serve the people of the county, but I was very clear that once I had been elected it had to be about delivery.

That’s why we created a 100-day plan straight away to start addressing the priorities that matter to you.

When I started in the post, I told you I had six areas I wanted to focus on, based on my conversations with residents and businesses across Dorset.

Now, I’m going to let you know what’s been happening in those areas.

Read more here.

Cutting crime and anti-social behaviour

The Force has launched Operational Relentless to create a clear focus on anti-social behaviour, ensuring the public know it will not be tolerated.

OPCC has launched Operation Relentless Community Fund, providing small grants to community groups and charities who want to fund projects helping them tackle anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods.

The Force has launched a drink drive campaign to crack down on illegal activity on our roads.

OPCC is working with the Force to distribute SmartWater kits, making it easier for officers to identify recovered catalytic converters that had been stolen.  

Making policing more visible and connected

Agreement in principle with the Force to ensure uplift officers are used to increase the size of Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

Examining Force's Neighbourhood Engagement Contract, to ensure teams keep their promises to provide localised services that work for our communities.

Providing two extra police cadet units in Weymouth and Poole, expanding from the existing unit in Bournemouth.

We will be increasing the number of special constables by 25%.

Fight violent crime and high harm

Discussions have taken place with South West colleagues to create a regional priority on drugs

I have taken up a national role as joint co-lead on alcohol and substance misuse, ensuring Dorset has a voice in the national debate around drugs.

Provided two years' funding to pay for an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker (ISAC). 

Funding agreed and recruitment ongoing for vulnerability lawyers to introduce the use of Stalking Protection Orders and other powers.

Fighting rural crime

The size of the rural crime unit is to be doubled.

Exercise is underway into scope crime risk across rural areas of Dorset.

Discussions are taking place to launch a new concept of 'Parish Watches' carrying out a rural equivalent of the work done by Neighbourhood Watch groups.

Putting victims and communities first

Reviews into services commissioned for victims of crime are now underway.

Work is underway to ensure that people with disabilities are aware of hate crime, how to report it and what help is available for victims.

Making every penny count

Reviews into governance and audit structures around the Force and the OPCC are now underway.

Chief Constable Scott Chilton has now been recruited to deliver on the priorities that will make Dorset the safest county in England and Wales.


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