Dorset PCC Visits Boscombe as part of Latest Community Day Programme
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill and his engagement team have spent the day in Boscombe, meeting residents to hear their views on Policing, Crime and Community Safety in the area.
The PCC spoke with residents who raised issues including drug dealing, alcohol and anti-social behaviour in and around the town centre. The engagement team spent the morning in the Sovereign Centre, surveying residents on policing and community safety. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with residents agreeing that Dorset Police do a great job.
The team were also on the lookout for residents who have lived in the Boscombe area for at least 10 years who would be willing to join a focus group to discuss community safety over that period – several residents have put themselves forward so far.
Whilst in Boscombe, Martyn went on a patrol with the CSAS team who provide a visible, uniformed presence in the shopping centre and surrounding areas. They are able to confiscate alcohol, require a name and address from those committing anti-social behaviour and move on people who are begging illegally. The team have worked with the local Safer Neighbourhood team to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.
Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “As the public voice in policing, it is vital that I go out and speak to residents so we can get a better understanding of the variety of issues our communities face. It is important that we reach out to people living in the Boscombe area to share what we’re doing to reduce crime and improve community safety.”
The PCC holds regular community days across Dorset to meet as many residents as possible. Taking place every month, these community days enable residents to have their say and influence how their local area is policed. It also gives them the opportunity to understand more about some of the recent initiatives such as the Cyber Crime campaign and victim care work.