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Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.


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Martyn Underhill

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I am the only candidate who is Independent from Political Parties and has a good working knowledge of the Police.  Party politics and policing don’t mix.  Dorset is a unique and special County and I am passionate to find “Dorset Solutions for Dorset People”.  I am an ex police officer who moved to Dorset on retirement. I led the Sarah Payne case, I advised on Soham. I understand the Police and I have no connection to this Force. I am a Trustee/Volunteer for five Dorset charities and sit as Laymember on my Local Safeguarding Children Board. I lecture at Bournemouth University and am an adviser to the charity Missing People. After six months campaigning, meeting thousands of Dorset people, I feel I know what you want.  That’s why I petitioned 10 Downing Street recently, fighting for a fairer budget allocation for this Force. If elected, I pledge to tackle your issues – Domestic Violence, Anti-Social Behaviour, Binge Drinking, E Crime/Identity Theft, and a more approachable and accountable Police Force. Persistent offenders blight our lives, and need tackling through firm supervision. Community Engagement is a priority. I will create PCC Forums that you can sit on with me, telling me your issues, so I can help resolve them. We need more Special Constables, working in their community for the community. We need fewer victims and a quicker service. A Victims Bureau that gives you one person as a contact, wherever your case sits, be it with police, CPS or the Courts, keeping you informed. We need a Neighbourhood Watch in every community. I want to see the Voluntary Sector working as equals to the statutory bodies. And finally, I want to tackle deprived areas like Boscombe, tackling drug issues, making them safer.

Prepared by Martyn Underhill of 35 Manor Ave Poole.

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