CREATING A NEW POLICE FORCE - TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY

There are two weeks left to have your say about our proposal to create a new police force for Dorset, Devon & Cornwall.

There are two weeks left to have your say about our proposal to create a new police force for Dorset, Devon & Cornwall.

The chief constables’ decision to explore the possibility of merger between the two forces has far reaching implications for the people of Dorset, Devon & Cornwall and that’s why it’s important to have your say.

I am optimistic about the prospects for the proposed merger. I can see the potential benefits – by cutting duplication and making the most of our combined resources, a new force would be able to deliver savings and increase flexibility and resilience. There is potential to better maintain local policing through greater devolvement and re-investment in the front-line. 

However, I absolutely recognise that there are many decisions yet to be made, and many views yet to be sought. That’s why I would encourage people to come and meet us, find out more about the proposal and have their say by completing the survey. 

I, together with my team, have been at various events across Dorset this summer and we still have quite a few more to attend. We will be at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show (15 August), the Melplash Show (23 August), Bournemouth Air Festival (31 August) and the Dorset County Show (1 and 2 September). Full details of public events either hosted or attended by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) can be found on the events calendar on the Dorset OPCC website. 

I am also holding a series of public meetings across Dorset to speak about the proposed merger and I am looking to hold one or two more meetings at the end of August, so please do check online at the OPCC website for updates. 

  • Sherborne (Digby Memorial Church Hall) -  between 10am and 12noon on 14 August
  • Blandford (Durweston Village Hall) – between 2pm and 4pm on 14 August
  • Lyme Regis (Woodmead Hall) – between 10.30am and 12.30pm on 17 August
  • Bridport (The Sir John Colfox Academy) – between 2pm - 4pm on 17 August
  • Bournemouth (St Mark’s Church, Wallisdown Road) – between 6pm and 8pm on 20 August
  • Christchurch (Druitt Room at Christchurch Library) - between 10am and 12noon on 22 August
  • Online Countywide webchat 22 August – between 5.30pm and 6.30pm

 * Please note, the times shown are when the presentations and Q&A will take place.

It is important that the people of Dorset have their say – so please do come along and find out more or read more about it online and complete the survey at www.futurepolicing.co.uk

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