Please take a moment to read the information below before completing the survey.

When I became Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2021, I knew that a significant part of my Police and Crime Plan would be dedicated to ‘Making Every Penny Count'. I also promised the people of Dorset to be transparent when it came to funding the police force and I intend to honour that promise.

The majority of government grant increase received in 2022/23 is expected to be focussed on delivery of the government’s manifesto pledge to deliver 20,000 officers nationally. This will enable the Dorset Police to enhance some of its services to the public and increase visibility within the community. 

However, it will not cover unavoidable cost increases such as inflationary pressures, which are particularly high at the moment, and the costs that enable the recruitment of those new officers, such as training, equipment, vehicles and changes to the buildings that those officers will use.

Such costs will have to be met primarily from local council tax, because, if they are not, reductions in service will be required which will significantly reduce the impact of the incoming officers within our communities. 

The Government has announced the budget for policing, which presumes that PCCs will raise the precept by £10 a year. If approved in the new year, this would mean Dorset’s precept – the element of the council tax bill that funds policing – will rise by £10 a year for those living in an average Band D property.

The plans for how the precept funding will be spent, have been aligned with my Police and Crime Plan, a plan which was formed after speaking with, and hearing from, thousands of people who live and work throughout Dorset.

Raising precept by £10, means that I am asking you for 83p a month – which will:

Strengthen Neighbourhood Policing:
·       By Embedding local Neighbourhood Policing Teams in communities and expanding the Neighbourhood Enforcement Teams to prevent and fight ASB and crime

Improve Customer Service:
·       By transforming public engagement and contact management systems to improve accessibility, including improved on-line reporting, live chat messaging, ‘pop up’ community contact hubs and improved services to 101 and emergency response

Fight Violent Crime & High Harm:
·       By investing in a new County Lines Task force targeting organised drug supply
·       By increasing capability into protecting and safeguarding children from online sex predators
·       By better use of specialist resources and partnership initiatives to help protect women and girls from violence, sexual assault, and drink spiking

Fight Rural Crime:
·       By expanding the rural crime team to protect local communities and business owners

Put Victims and Communities First:
·       By investing in digital evidence, crime investigation capability and victim care to bring more offenders to justice.

It’s time for Dorset to look forward and plan for a brighter, safer future, but I cannot do that without your help to fund the future of policing in your neighbourhood, so please take a few moments to complete the survey – your opinion is very much valued.

David Sidwick
Police and Crime Commissioner