How we make Decisions

This page explains our decision making processes and how we keep a record of our decisions. It also includes information on some our engagement and consultation activity with local people.


Schedule of meetings open to the public

The Events Calendar provides information on all of our public meetings, community days and opportunities for Dorset residents, businesses and victims of crime to raise issues with the PCC face-to-face.  

To view information in relation to closed meetings being attended by the PCC, view our team diary.  This contains information about upcoming meetings in the next week. 

For more specific information, please visit the Get Involved section of the website for further details on the following:

  • Reporting concerns
  • Community days
  • Public meetings
  • Surgeries
  • Consultations
  • Conferences
  • Recruitment
  • Engaging communities

This section will include meeting agendas, minutes, and other background papers and reports as appropriate.


Records of important decisions

Information on our internal governance structure and decision making processes, including our Scheme of Delegations, can be found in our Single Governance Policy and our Code of Corporate Governance Framework.

Joint Executive Board (JEB): Minutes from our JEB meetings are published on the Dorset Police website.

We also maintain a Decision Log, reviewed and updated regularly, providing details of all decisions made by the PCC.

The Decision Log will be regularly updated to capture details of decisions as soon as is practicable after they have been taken. The Log will also include links to any background or supporting material used to inform those decisions, where available.


Public consultations

A key responsibility for the PCC and OPCC is to engage with the public, understand their issues and concerns, and to seek their views to help inform our work and the Police and Crime Plan priorities.

Details relating to specific public consultation exercises can be found on our Consultations page.

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