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police DorsetDorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick is launching a survey to ask residents for their views on crime and policing in the county – including the Gillingham area.

Members of the public are being asked to complete the survey online (see link below) and provide information about what is important to them.

The survey is being launched as the Commissioner prepares his Police and Crime Plan, setting out a new strategic direction for Dorset Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner over the next three years.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: ‘This is your chance to tell me and Dorset Police what you want us to prioritise over the next few years.

‘It will look at priorities derived from three years of campaigning and talking to the people of Dorset, which will form the basis for the plan, and now we need to check what you think about them – do you agree with them and do they align with your own values?’

Feedback from the survey will help shape the Police and Crime Plan, which will be in place by the autumn.

People completing the survey will be shown six different priority areas – from cutting crime and anti-social behaviour to making sure every penny counts – and asked to rate how important they think each one is.

The survey will also ask respondents whether they think the Commissioner’s overarching goal of making Dorset the safest county in England and Wales is a suitable ambition.

He said: ‘Remember, this plan is your plan. It sets the agenda for what the Force, as well as my own office, will focus on over the next three years.

‘Therefore, it’s crucial that we get your thoughts and opinions to make sure local policing remains dynamic and responsive to the communities it serves.

‘So please, take a moment to complete this survey. It takes just a couple of minutes to complete but the views we get will make a real difference.’

Click here to complete the survey.

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