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Dorset Police Rated Good In Recent Inspection

Dorset AlertFollowing annual reviews of police effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy and leadership (PEEL), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has graded Dorset Police as good overall in all areas inspected.

Reports published today, Friday 27 September, have been welcomed by the Force and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said: I am delighted that HMICFRS has assessed Dorset Police as good across all areas inspected. I am particularly pleased that our commitment to protecting vulnerable people was recognised.

I have set a high ambition for the Force and while I am pleased the Force has been rated as good we aim to provide an outstanding police service across Dorset with a particular focus on services to vulnerable people.

Protecting vulnerable people is a priority for Dorset Police and the report found that the Force has a good understanding of the nature and scale of vulnerability throughout the county and works well with partner organisations, such as local authorities, health or education services, and victim support groups.

It went on to further recognise Dorset Police’s dedication to protecting vulnerable people, stating that staff across the Force know how to recognise vulnerability. Officers attend incidents involving vulnerable victims promptly with care given. It also recognises that the Force is good at investigating crimes with investigators that are well trained and cases allocated to officers with appropriate skills.

The report also acknowledged that the Force has a good charge rate, in line with, or above, other forces in England and Wales. For the 12 months to 30 September 2018 the proportion of recorded offences given a charge or summons outcome was 9.6 percent, compared to an England and Wales rate of 8.3 percent.

Dorset Police was found to be good in terms of its legitimacy and how it treats the public and its workforce. The report states that the Force is good at treating the public fairly and officers make fair and ethical decisions.

The report also acknowledges the funding that has been invested in wellness from the OPCC with equal importance placed on physical and mental wellbeing.

Chief Constable James Vaughan continued: Economic conditions mean that the funding climate for policing has been tough over recent years and I understand the pressures and demands this has placed on staff.

I am pleased that we have been given a commitment to significantly uplift spending in policing and this will provide the means to take us from good to outstanding.

The report recognises that the wellbeing of our workforce is a priority for Dorset Police. We will continue to invest time and effort in promoting its importance to the extraordinary men and women who work for Dorset Police, as well as providing internal access to support and advice.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: The people of Dorset should be greatly reassured by this report, which recognises that their Force is still rated good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

They should be particularly comforted to see that Dorset Police has been praised for its work in protecting vulnerable people, an area that has become more important than ever over recent years.

Dorset Police logoI’m incredibly pleased to see that my investment in a fund to look after the physical and mental wellbeing of officers and staff has been acknowledged. I’ll be working closely with the Chief Constable to make sure the workforce continues to benefit from this investment, and that the Force continues to provide the best service possible to our communities.

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Adrian Lowes (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Assistant, Dorset)

Witness Confident – Do the Right Thing. It’s Self-Evident .

For lots of reasons many residents in Ferndown do not like to report crime – this could include  fear of retribution, having the Police come round to your house, do you have the time to get involved and is it worth bothering?  Well there is now an easy way to do this and send photographic evidence using  your phone and a free app called “Self Evident” which has been designed and released by the Witness Confident Charity.

See their Website –

Self Evident is a free, convenient and effective way for people across England & Wales to engage with the police. With 28,000 registered users already, the app is used every day to report crime and capture digital evidence.

Self Evident makes it easy for you to

  • file a crime report with the police from your smartphone
  • send the police photo and video evidence,
  • record a reliable statement,
  • keep a secure record of your report and evidence, and
  • validate the evidence you have captured.

Watch the Met Police tutorial video below to see how easy the app is to use.

What users say

“You can show when and where you were and attach photos”

“It’s really helpful you can describe the event and capture the emotion of what happened”

“It gives you confidence. It’s almost like having a witness with you”

Read full case studies

Met Police report on Self Evident

In its comprehensive report on the App, the Met Police found that…

“Since launch Self Evident has succeeded in

  • Becoming the leading, most practical crime reporting app on Android & Apple
  • Crucially assisting the public & Police to capture & exhibit evidence with ease
  • Saving Police time & reducing the barrier to reporting by creating a solution to the digital incapability of Police services
  • Allowing for better triaging of reports entering Police systems
  • Being recognised by the CPS as a secure & legitimate evidence provider
  • Providing Police officers evidence required to arrest & charge suspects
  • Securing convictions at court, based on evidence gathered on Self Evident”

Following his manifesto pledge in 2012 to “develop a crime-reporting app for smartphones, allowing the public to immediately report crimes using their smartphone, including pictures and footage, and making it faster and easier to report crimes,” London Mayor Boris Johnson praised Self Evident in 2016 because it helps “increase reporting even further, boosting confidence, reducing repeat offences and helping victims get the support they need.”

Download Self Evident for free for iPhone and Android.

The app is a simple and secure way for victims and witnesses report any non-emergency crime, whether it’s anti-social behaviourburglarychild abusecriminal damagedomestic violenceforgeryfraudharassmenthate crimemuggingpolice misconductrobberysex crimestalkingstreet violenceterrorism or theft.