Agenda and draft minutes

Police and Crime Panel - Thursday, 1st February, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ. View directions

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2023.


The minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2023 were confirmed and signed.


Actions from the last meeting had all been completed:

information on the saved lives project

an update on shoplifting and

the community safety partnership.


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 29 January 2024.


When submitting your question or statement please note that:  


- You can submit one question or one 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 three 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 29 January 2024.


Dorset Council Constitution – Procedure Rule 13





There were no questions or statements.




Budget Precept Financial Year 2024/25 (00:03:22 on recording) pdf icon PDF 312 KB

To set out the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposals for the 2024/25 budget, precept and the medium term financial strategy.

Additional documents:


The Chairman advised that the Panel should consider the PCC's proposed budget requirement and independently scrutinize its appropriateness.  The options open to the Panel were to either support, not to support or veto the proposal.


The PCC introduced the report and framed the strategic need – he gave a positive resume of this 7-year plan which he confirmed was working.


He reminded the Panel that Dorset Police was the second lowest recipient of the national funding formula, and that over half of the Force was paid for by the people of Dorset, whereas in other parts of the country it was 20%.


The Chief Constable then presented an oversight from the point of view of Operations (00:09:38 on recording).  It had been a challenging year due to the impact of high inflation, increased borrowing costs and an underfunded pay award.  Savings had been made by renegotiating contracts, innovative use of technology and a reduction of police staff posts, non-essential travel costs and non-essential training had been removed and overtime controls improved.  Changes had been made to the way services were delivered and the budget was expected to balance. The Chief Constable highlighted a number of improvements and successes achieved and areas where crime had fallen in Dorset.


The Chief Finance Officer then set out the details of the key funding sources for the budget as well as the pressures facing the Force and the proposals to balance the budget including the precept proposal put forward.  (00:30:25 on recording).  The Chief Finance Officer advised that the final settlement had been confirmed and there were no changes required to the report. The pay award presented the greatest risk within the budget as this was estimated from September onwards.  In summing up the Chief Finance Officer confirmed that the reserves level was adequate and the budget proposals robust.


The Director of Operations shared the results from the public consultation that had been run between the 19th December 2023 and 26th January 2024 (00:34:37 on recording)


Following the presentations, the Panel members were given the opportunity to ask questions of the PCC and his team. (00:43:20 on recording) The questions and responses can be found at appendix 1 to these minutes.


Decision: that the Police and Crime Panel support the PCC’s proposal to increase the precept for 2024/25 to £88,130,280 equivalent to a Band D charge of £293.58, an increase of £13 per annum or £1.08 per month”.


10 minute comfort break 11;20 - 11;30




Q3 2023/2024 Monitoring Report 01:26:24 on recording pdf icon PDF 379 KB

To receive the quarterly Monitoring Report.

Additional documents:


The PCC gave an update on progress against the police and crime plan.


Priority One - Cut Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour.

Total crime had reduced in Dorset.  Year to date ASB was down by 14% overall, and non-dwelling burglary had also reduced.  There had been a slight increase in dwelling burglary.  The PCC talked about his road safety campaigns, the Doc-Bike charity and the Fix the Future Fund which had awarded £51,824 to 11 organisations.


Panel members were given the opportunity to ask questions. The PCC responded to questions in relation to ASB, highlighting his Operation Relentless Community Fund which was designed to address ASB and had proved to be successful in a number of areas. He also acknowledged that it does take some time put mechanisms in place to address this issue.


Priority Two - Make Policing More Visible and Connected (01:41:18 on recording) The number of full time equivalent police offers had increased to 1432, the response times for call handling and follow up had improved and the introduction of Rural Mounted Volunteers had increased visibility.


(01:48:30 on recording) Questions from the Priority Leads and Panel members.  (attached at appendix 1).


Members discussed the complexity of crime and intelligence reporting, the importance of engagement and making sure the correct messages were relayed to the communities.  Ward Councillors, Parish/Town Councillors and Faith Leaders should all be key community contacts to liaise with the Force.


ACTION: PCC to provide an update at the next meeting on the outcome of measures taken to improve and simplify the call handling process and communications to explain to the public how to use the website.


Proposed By Cllr Jespersen, seconded by Cllr Barrow.


Decision: In accordance with procedural rule 8.1 a vote was taken, the committee agreed to exceed the 3 hour meeting time limit.


Lunch Break 12;15 to 12:45


Priority Three - Fight Violent Crime and High Harm (02:44:14 on recording)

The PCC focussed on addiction substance misuse and Operation Scorpion.  Dorset had been successful in arresting 26 people and taking £93,000 worth of drugs out of operation, increasing the latest figures to over 600 arrests with over one million pounds worth of drugs taken off the streets.


The PCC planned to use some reserves to get a violence reduction unit up and running.  He had launched the Violence Against Women and Girls Improvement Panel, which brought subject matter experts together to provide vital feedback and insight.


Priority Leads and Panel members were invited to put forward questions (02:52:00 on recording.


In order to drive down knife possession the PCC had funded each patrol car to have a knife wand and he had also funded a portable knife arch.


Priority Four - Fight Rural Crime (02:59:51 on recording)

The PCC was pleased to report that rural crime had reduced.  He had carried out a rural crime survey, the Dorset Partnership against rural crime continued and 5 Forces had come together to share intelligence in Operation Ragwort to look at transit across borders.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.


Rehabilitation (03:48:51) pdf icon PDF 348 KB

To provide members with an update on the PCC’s work in support of the rehabilitation of offenders. This paper also seeks to address the following four Key Lines of Enquiry as provided by the Dorset Police and Crime Panel:


The PCC presented the report which provided the Panel with an update on the PCC’s work in support of the rehabilitation of offenders.  The report addressed the four Key Lines of Enquiry provided by the PCP.


The PCC focussed on elements of the report, namely the importance of offender rehabilitation in reducing offending rates.  This required a full “wrap around” service to make sure those people leaving prison had what they needed to stop them offending again.  Factors being looked at ranged from getting offenders into accommodation, including a new initiative in the Southwest Region called “Prisoners Build Homes”.  These were basically eco-pods and those constructing the homes were gaining new skills which would also give them the resources needed to find work.  PCC’s in the South West had funded Dorset Trade Skills to deliver education and training to younger people, Future Roots was another operation in North Dorset where a farm housed young people who may have been involved in county lines and may have issues.  The PCC highlighted a number of opportunities available to young people to steer them away from criminality.


The PCC raised concerns that the whole country was not getting to grips with drug and alcohol problems.  The situation needed tough enforcement, effective treatment and impactful prevention, which is what had been implemented in the “From Harm to Hope” drug combating partnership which had been running in Dorset for two years.


Questions from the authors of the Key Lines of Enquiry (04:08:52 on recording)


ACTION: In response to member questions the PCC suggested that an update on the outcome of the criminal justice board was added to the workplan.




Complaints Update

To receive a verbal update.


There had been no complaints to report.


Forward Workplan pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To consider the forward workplan.


The PCP forward plan was noted. 


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 are no exempt items scheduled for this meeting.  



There was no exempt business.


Appendix 1 pdf icon PDF 130 KB