Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martyn Underhill and his team hosted an all day seminar to which members of the business community, crime prevention organisations and local authority focus groups were invited.

There were introductory and closing presentations by Martyn himself and Debbie Simpson the Chief Constable of Dorset plus Q & A sessions to the speakers.

Between them, in a packed agenda, there were talks by civilian and police experts in the fields of fraud, organised and cyber crime, counter terrorism and major incident measures and rural crime in the county. The huge and valued importance of intelligence in the battle against criminals in the 21st century was emphasised throughout. All of the content matter and the subjects presented were highly relevant and hopefully enthralled the 80 or more attendees and left them confident that, in Dorset, all aspects of crime and security are very high on the list of priorities even in times of budget shortage. 

The work of Crimestoppers was complimented and once again that the value of intelligence provided by anonymous callers to 0800 555 111 can not be overestimated.

Crimestoppers committee members Kathy Emery and David Tharby participated and were impressed by the professionalism and dedication to reducing and solving crime on show and the fact that in Dorset crime overall is reducing and conviction rates increasing, bodes well for the future. Crimestoppers would love the opportunity to speak at meetings, Watch meetings and any other interested service groups such as Chambers of Trade, Rotary, Lions, Round Table/41 Clubs to explain how members of the public can have a real impact on preventing and solving crime in our County.

Call David Tharby on 01305 263732 or email davidtharby@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to discuss a speaker for a forthcoming meeting.