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Your opportunity to ask questions about Covid-19

Dorset residents are being invited to put their questions about how the county’s authorities are tackling Covid-19 to police and health leaders.

Anyone who wants to take part should email

The final in a series of ‘Question Time’ style virtual events, run by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, will take place at 6pm on Wednesday November 25, and will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions about how the pandemic is being handled locally during the run up to Christmas.

The event will feature Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill with Dorset Police Chief Constable James Vaughan and Sam Crowe, director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils.


BBC Radio Solent presenter Laurence Herdman will chair the event, putting questions submitted in advance to the panel.

The session will take place over Microsoft Teams, and if you would like to be in the audience please email by the end of Friday November 20. Please note audience numbers are limited so spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to ask a question during the session, please send it to the above email address, making it clear whether or not you would be happy to have your name mentioned.

Invitations will be sent out to audience members’ e-mail addresses early next week, featuring a link they need to click in order to take part.

Audience members will remain muted while the panel answers these questions, but there will be an opportunity for a general question and answer session at the end of the event if there is time.

Previous sessions – organised because the pandemic has made it impossible to meet members of the public face to face – featured specialist officers from Dorset Police and have focused on cyber crime and hate crime.

Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: “Covid-19 has dominated all of our lives throughout 2020 and as we approach a time of year when many of us traditionally come together to celebrate, sadly the virus is still very much still with us.

“Of course, we are largely in the Government’s hands when it comes to critical decisions about tackling the virus, but local leaders are playing an essential role in how we respond here in Dorset.

“As well as the challenge of tackling the virus itself, the various lockdowns we’ve seen over the course of the year have created an unprecedented situation for policing, in which officers have had to enforce ever evolving legislation.

“This event will be an excellent opportunity for the public to hear directly from the county’s police and health leads, and to put their questions directly to them.”

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