Holocaust Event attended by Dorset PCC
For our Dorchester Community Day, PCC Martyn Underhill met and discussed policing and crime issues with people at Tesco and at his surgery at the Corn Exchange. He also gave a talk at the Holocaust Memorial Day event and visited staff and volunteers at Dorset Advocacy and Dorset Police Station.
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill joined others in giving a moving talk at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day in Dorchester on Friday before holding a surgery for people wishing to meet and discuss particular policing and crime concerns.
This was part of a wider community day event, which included him meeting the public at his engagement stand in the Dorchester Tesco store and then later in the day, visiting the Vulnerable Adult Advocacy Project at their offices in Poundbury.
Dorset Advocacy provides an Appropriate Adult service on behalf of the PCC, with trained volunteers supporting adults with learning, physical or mental disability and other impairments, who are being questioned as suspects by police in the custody suites at Bournemouth and Weymouth. The service ensures they are treated fairly whilst in custody.
Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: “It was great to meet staff and volunteers at the Dorset Advocacy and learn how this project is helping people. It is really important that we continue to support this project as it can be difficult for vulnerable people to understand and exercise their rights. Custody can be a frightening place for someone with a learning disability or mental impairment and having an advocate who can explain the process and oversee their time whilst in custody is invaluable.”
The PCC’s visit to Dorchester is part of a rolling programme of monthly community days across Dorset, giving residents a chance to talk to Martyn about his role and raise any policing or wider community safety issues. Dates and locations of future community days are included on the Police and Crime Commissioners website www.dorset.pcc.police.uk
The day concluded with the PCC visiting Dorchester Police Station to discuss local policing issues with Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Marsh.