As part of our ongoing commitment to engagement with all community groups, we regularly hold conferences. We also co-host some events in conjunction with partners who provide specialist input.
During 2015 the OPCC hosted 2 major conferences and hosted a further 3 in partnership with other agencies.
Hundreds of delegates attended and found benefit in the dozens of workshops that we provided.
Business Crime Conference - November 2015
This annual conference was facilitated by the OPCC and attracted 80 interested parties from across the business sector. The day had a number of guest speakers followed by workshops which covered topics such as:
- Action Fraud
- Rural Crime
- Counter Terrorism
- Counterfeit Goods
Youth Conference - November 2015
The Youth Conference has been held for the last two years and was a joint event with Dorset Police. The conference was held at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester and attracted approximately 140 young people and stakeholders with the aim of keeping young people safe. Dramatic pieces and interactive workshops were put on throughout the day covering a range of topics such as child sexual exploitation, knife crime and youth empowermentit Goods
Prejudice Free Hate Crime Conference - January 2016
Held at Bournemouth University in conjunction with Dorset Police and other partners such as Victim Support and Bournemouth Borough Council, the first Prejudice Free Hate Crime conference was a huge success. The conference aimed to challenge discrimination issues and discuss barriers to reporting hate crime as well as looking at how Dorset Police can support victims and instil confidence.
Sex Workers Conference (SWARC)
The SWARC was held at Bournemouth International Centre and attracted partners and stakeholders involved in the safeguarding of street walkers in and around Dorset. A number of speakers gave talks about the different elements of safeguarding street walkers and the services available to help them through any crime or incidents that may occur.
VCS 0 - 19 Conference
The annual VCS 0 – 19 conference was held at Charlton Down in Dorchester and was put together with a number of partners such as Bernardos. This year the conference had a focus on safeguarding and child sexual exploitation. Talks were given in the morning and partners held follow-up workshops in the afternoon on topics such as loan sharks and ensuring the safety of young people in and around Dorset.