Triple Success for Dorset OPCC in National Communications Awards

Dorset OPCC take lion-share of national awards for their new website.

Triple Success for Dorset OPCC in National Communications Awards

The Dorset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is delighted to announce that their Communications and Engagement Team has won two silver distinctions in the prestigious Communicator Awards for their new website and has been nominated for ‘website of the year’ in the 2015 UK Public Sector Communications Awards, which recognises innovation and excellence in communications projects.

Judges commended the new bespoke website which prioritises engagement with communities across Dorset, by enabling the team to do more consultations and polls to boost interactivity between the public and the office. They also praised the site’s accessibility, enhanced transparency and responsive design.

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted that our office has been recognised nationally for their communications work and this announcement shows just how far OPCCs have come in such a short space of time. We thank residents and partners for helping to make it work. Being named the best OPCC in the country for Engagement in 2014 was good news but to have this additional national recognition for all of our engagement efforts is really pleasing.

“We are putting Dorset on the map for effective engagement but we won’t stop there. This year we are attending all the major Dorset shows and are constantly evolving our engagement programme, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the public in Dorset.”

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 so this investment was vital to ensure we are reaching as many residents as possible. Feedback on the site has been great and we’ve seen a 30% increase in page views which is fantastic to see.”

In January 2015, the OPCC launched the new website including a comprehensive engagement section with updated news and events.  The design, improved functionality and enhanced content goes towards the Dorset OPCC’s mission to inform and involve the public in their work.

In April 2014, the Dorset OPCC won the prestigious 2014 CoPaCC Award for Community Engagement. CoPaCC (Comparing PCCs), an organisation set up to scrutinise the performance of PCCs, looked at all PCC offices across England and Wales, as well as the London Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime to identify how well PCCs are engaging with the public.

Last month, the Dorset OPCC gained national recognition from the Cabinet Office, which highlighted their engagement strategy as ‘best practice’ for adopting the approach that ‘no person or group of people are hard to reach’. That publication is available via the Government website here

The Award Ceremony for the 2015 Public Sector Awards will take place at the Emirates Stadium, London on Thursday 9th July. 

Notes to Editors: 

  • The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. For more information visit their website via
  • The UK Public Sector Awards celebrates and rewards excellent communication strategies and campaigns, teams and individuals in local and national government, emergency services and not –for-profit bodies from across the UK, across 21 categories.More information about the Public Sector Communications awards can be found on their website
  • 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. 

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