Dorset PCC Committed To Expanding Award Winning Engagement

The Office of the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, as part of a commitment to expanding its engagement.

Dorset PCC Committed To Expanding Award Winning Engagement

The new site offers quick and easy access to information giving visitors a better understanding of the Dorset OPCC. It boasts a comprehensive engagement section with updated news and events. It also includes more focused pages on commissioning, statutory work and the budget.The design, improved functionality and enhanced content goes towards the Dorset OPCC’s mission to inform and involve the public in their work.

The new website goes live today, Tuesday 13 January, 2015 and can be found by visiting:

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “We are excited about our new website and the added information it provides for the public, partners and media to better understand our work. We believe that this new site will provide a better channel for dialogue between myself and the public, which will give them a more informative experience.”

He added: “We are committed to opening up the work of the Dorset OPCC and expanding our engagement with the public. We recognise the important role that the public can play in helping us to shape policing policy. We are proud to be an OPCC that works in collaboration with the local community and partner organisations”.

Kristian Ward, Digital Engagement Officer for the Dorset OPCC said: “We recognise that not everyone is able to meet with us face-to-face to discuss their local issues with policing, crime and community safety. We held focus groups back in the summer to understand how residents want to access information through our website and we are confident this new site will exceed expectations. It is vital for us to have an efficient and engaging website that can meet the needs of residents, businesses and partners across Dorset.”

The online platform will enable the team to do more consultations and polls to boost interactivity between the public and the office. Information will be easily accessible, enhancing transparency and providing more opportunities for the public to share their views.

Gary Seneviratne, Director and Co-founder of Adido said ‘It has been a pleasure to work alongside Dorset OPCC and we look forward to the partnership growing. Being a Dorset based digital agency Adido have always being very proud to work alongside local organisations on website projects such as this,that help to engage with our local community.’

This year, will also see the activity of the OPCC engagement team grow. They will be hosting a stand at the major shows in Dorset this year, including The Wheels Festival, Melplash Show, Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show, Bournemouth Air Festival, Dorset County Show and the Bourne Free Festival. The PCC and the engagement team will also continue to tour towns across Dorset on their community days, to meet the public and visit a number of projects.

Since being elected, PCC Martyn Underhill has gained national recognition for his engagement work. In April 2014, the OPCC won the national Gold CoPaCC 2014 Award for Engagement. They were also commended in the CoPaCC “PCCs and Innovation” Awards, September 2014.  Martyn, supported by the Dorset OPCC, has made direct contact with thousands of people through meetings, forums, community days, surgeries and correspondence. On average, the Dorset OPCC receives 100 enquires from the public every week, with issues varying from performance around 101 calls to officers attending incidents of vehicle crime.

Dorset OPCC’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of the team and PCC activity. People are encouraged to explore the website, sign up for the quarterly newsletter and share their feedback on content design and ease of access.


Notes to Editors:

The Dorset OPCC went through an official procurement process to select a website provider, as the previous contract was up for renewal. Bournemouth company, Adido, was successful in this process. Dorset OPCC spearheaded a collaborative arrangement with Devon and Cornwall OPCC in creating two new websites for Dorset and Devon and Cornwall OPCCs. The cost of the Dorset OPCC website was approximately £16,000. Devon and Cornwall OPCC are to launch their new website later this year. 

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