When we look at crime and anti-social behaviour statistics over the last few years, crime has decreased in the area for the third consecutive year. However, violent crime and sexual assaults have increased.
I lead a team of community safety specialists and has worked as a front line Police Constable. I have been keeping communities safe in Dorset for several years and even with the 58% increase in anti-social behaviour during the pandemic, I led my team through enormous change, pressure and challenges with positive outcomes for the community.
I have worked alongside Dorset Police in my current role and know that the next few years will be challenging for communities and policing. I understand through my partnership work with statutory and non-statutory agencies the importance of working closely with the public to tackle local issues to bring about change and improvements.
If elected I will:
We’ve got to look at solutions – we’ve got to look at why. And also we’ve got to consider what’s around the corner – our restrictions now are lifting.
What will that mean for us and and how will as a county we come together, and how can I voice on behalf of the public what they would see as a priority?
Naturally, everybody will always ask for more visible policing on our streets. And that of course will always be something that we would try to improve, and increase the numbers.
However, there are other options too – such as special targeted programmes. So if there is an area which is struggling with anti-social behaviour, or perhaps as an increase of crime in certain hotspots, we need to really, really target those areas. And that allows us to look at resourcing more effectively.
It also allows us to use intervention programmes, to really target those sets of individuals or groups of individuals that are doing and causing that nuisance and annoyance and potentially widespread disorder within their community.
There are other solutions. And this is what we need to be looking at. It’s not as simple as just putting more police on the streets. There are other options for us to consider and truly invest in, to start making a difference at the root problems within our community.
Protecting those within our community most at risk of harm
Tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence
Creating a sustainable police force
Engaging to ensure wellbeing and protection of police officers, staff and police volunteers
Supporting victims and witnesses of crime and anti-social behaviour
Investing in new innovation opportunities for the prevention and detection of crime
Building inclusive communities
To protect the most vulnerable, support victims, and take action to prevent and stand up against all forms of domestic abuse, sexual violence and hate crime.
Commitment to family and community based work focusing on empowering communities and investment in targeted youth interventions.