Agenda and minutes

Police and Crime Panel - Thursday, 28th September, 2023 10.00 am

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No. Item


Endorsement of new Co-opted member


Proposed by Cllr Fry, seconded by Cllr Keddie.


Decision: that Dr Liz Mytton was appointed as Co-Opted member of the PCP.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 663 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2023.


The minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2023 were confirmed and signed.


Actions Update from the Minutes of the last meeting

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) gave an update on Dorset Force’s performance against others in the Soteria project.  He would continue to provide regular updates to the Panel.  


Update attached at Appendix 1


The Police Race Action Plan had been added to the forward plan.



Declarations of Interest

To disclose any pecuniary, other registrable or non-registrable interests as set out in the adopted Code of Conduct. In making their disclosure councillors are asked to state the agenda item, the nature of the interest and any action they propose to take as part of their declaration.


If required, further advice should be sought from the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.



No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.



Public Participation

Representatives of town or parish councils and members of the public who live, work, or represent an organisation within the Dorset Council area are welcome to submit either 1 question or 1 statement for each meeting.  You are welcome to attend the meeting in person or via MS Teams to read out your question and to receive the response.   If you submit a statement for the committee this will be circulated to all members of the committee in advance of the meeting as a supplement to the agenda and appended to the minutes for the formal record but will not be read out at the meeting. The first 8 questions and the first 8 statements received from members of the public or organisations for each meeting will be accepted on a first come first served basis in accordance with the deadline set out below.  Further information read Public Participation - Dorset Council  


All submissions must be emailed in full to by 8.30am on Monday 25 September.


When submitting your question or statement please note that:  


·            You can submit 1 question or 1 statement. 

·            a question may include a short pre-amble to set the context.  

·            It must be a single question and any sub-divided questions will not be permitted. 

·            Each question will consist of no more than 450 words, and you will be given up to 3 minutes to present your question.  

·            when submitting a question please indicate who the question is for (e.g., the name of the committee or Portfolio Holder)  

·            Include your name, address, and contact details.  Only your name will be published but we may need your other details to contact you about your question or statement in advance of the meeting.  

·            questions and statements received in line with the council’s rules for public participation will be published as a supplement to the agenda.  

·            all questions, statements and responses will be published in full within the minutes of the meeting.  

Dorset Council Constitution - Procedure Rule 9


Councillor Questions


Councillors can submit up to two valid questions at each meeting and sub divided questions count towards this total. Questions and statements received will be published as a supplement to the agenda and all questions, statements and responses will be published in full within the minutes of the meeting.


The submissions must be emailed in full to by 8.30am on Monday 25 September.

Dorset Council Constitution – Procedure Rule 13






There were no public or Town/Parish Council statements or questions.


Q1 Monitoring Report 2023/24 (00:06:15 on recording) pdf icon PDF 332 KB

To receive the Q1 monitoring report 2023/24.

Additional documents:


The Chairman and Vice-Chairman put two strategic questions to the PCC.  These and the PCC’s response can be found at appendix 1.


The PCC gave update on the quarterly monitoring report Q1 (00:16:50 on recording).  He gave a brief overview of the report, highlighting some of the main points and progress to date before focusing on the 6 Priority areas in further detail.


Priority 1 Cut Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) (00:21:55 on recording)


The PCC highlighted the following points:

A small uptick in dwelling burglary and plans for more prevention activity.

ASB had continued to fall.

The need to keep focusing on preventing road accidents in Dorset.

Investment in preventing fraud.

Supporting Young People.

Member questions (00:26:40 on recording) and at appendix 1


The PCC also highlighted the need for active reporting from the public if they witnessed people using e-scooters illegally.  The number for reporting incidents to Berol Scooters in the BCP area was 0203 003 5044.


There was still work to be done in relation to the sale of e-scooters.  This was not illegal and the answer was to lobby Government to get the legislation correct.


Follow on questions from the panel and responses from PCC in relation to ASB and burglary figures. (00:37:57 on recording).


ASB was the number 1 criteria for most of the people of Dorset and Dorset was the 6th safest county in the country, there had previously been a reduction in burglary and the PCC was doing a deep dive to see what else could be done to reduce these figures.



Priority 2 Make Policing More Visible and Connected (00:43:20 on recording)


Dorset Police had exceeded their recruitment target set by Government.


Follow on panel questions and responses from PCC (00:47:14 on recording)


174 new officers had been recruited, these were in addition to the baseline numbers.

The PCC highlighted the issues relating to the unfair grant formula for Police funding in Dorset and the need for some Police Officers to carry out staff roles.  The PCC and the Chief Constable (CC) were both confident they could deliver the Police Crime Plan with the resources they had however the PCC would still continue to lobby for more funding.


Priority 3 Fight Violent Crime and High Harm (00:55:13 on recording)


The PCC felt it was important to look at the causes behind violence, ie addiction and substance mis-use. Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention were the three measures he felt were needed to combat this.


ACTION: Deep dive into Serious violence and violent crime for the next meeting

Drugs and alcohol to be put on the Forward Work Plan.


Panel questions and responses from the PCC (1:01:40 on recording) and attached at appendix 1.


Additional Panel questions (01:07:48 on recording)


In relation to the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU)The PCC had identified funding and hoped partner agencies would work with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to address knife crime. This with a combination of education, awareness and youth work could help  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Visible Policing in the Community (2:00:56 on recording)


The PCC pointed out the salient points from the report which provided the Panel with an update on Priority 2 – Make Policing more Visible and Connected.

The report focused on the key lines of enquiry outlined within the report.


Panel comments, questions and responses from the PCC (02:19:40 on recording).


The PCC advised that the Single Online Home reporting system was fully operational and they had seen an increase in the number of people using it.



Supporting Young People (2:30:20 on recording) pdf icon PDF 545 KB

This paper provides an update on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s work to support young people. This paper also seeks to address six Key Lines of Enquiry as provided by the Dorset Police and Crime Panel.


The PCC outlined the details of the report which gave an update on his work to support young people and addressed the key lines of enquiry outlined within the report.


He voiced concerns about the lack of youth centres and youth support workers in Dorset and highlighted some workstreams designed to identify the challenges facing young people and to support them to move away from addiction and substance misuse.


Panel member questions and responses from the PCC (2:41:45 on recording)


These were related to fund bidding, the PCC had bid for funding from the Youth Endowment Fund but had been turned down, as Dorset had not been considered bad enough to qualify.


Action: the PCC would bring back figures for cases that had been dealt with through the Restorative Justice System.



Complaints Update (2:50:05 on recording)

To receive a verbal update and:


a) Appoint five panel members to sit on the Complaints Sub-Committee

b) Appoint a Chair and Vice Chair for the Complaints Sub-Committee



One historical complaint was due to be considered that afternoon by the PCP Complaints Sub-Committee.


Proposed by Cllr Les Fry, seconded by Cllr Tony Trent

Decision: that the following members were appointed to the PCP Complaints Sub-Committee:

Cllrs Les Fry, Patrick Canavan, Alasdair Keddie and Dr Liz Mytton


Forward Plan (2:51:11 on recording) pdf icon PDF 218 KB

To receive and review the PCP Forward Plan.


The Service Manager for Assurance outlined the 2 items on the workplan for the next meeting.  As part of the Panel holding an informal training day there had been a review of the Forward Plan. 


Cllr Graham Carr-Jones suggested that there was a direct correlation between alcohol, drug misuse and gambling abuse in relation to the items on reducing crime and rural crime.  He asked for all three items to be linked and reviewed together.


The Chairman would address this with the Service Manager for Assurance and look into bringing the item to the February meeting.



Urgent items

To consider any items of business which the Chairman has had prior notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b) of the Local Government Act 1972. The reason for the urgency shall be recorded in the minutes.



There were no urgent items.


Exempt Business

To move the exclusion of the press and the public for the following item in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of schedule 12 A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

The public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the item of business is considered.

There is no scheduled exempt business to report.



There was no exempt business.

Appendix pdf icon PDF 206 KB