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Dorset PCC calls for victims of crime to voice concerns at Poole forum
VICTIMS of crime will have the chance to raise any issues and voice their concerns to Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner next week.
Martyn Underhill will hold his first Victims’ Forum at St Aldhelm Parish Centre in Poole on Tuesday October 22, ahead of the launch of the Dorset Victims’ Bureau next month.
The two-hour session will give victims of crime in Poole and Bournemouth the opportunity to put their questions to the commissioner. Mr Underhill said: “Victims are at the heart of my work and I will always put them first. I want to give victims a voice so I can hear about their journey and find out how to meet their needs. “I am asking those people who are victims of crime in the Poole and Bournemouth areas, to come to my forum. “We need to learn from people’s experiences and raise awareness of the different kinds of help available.” The former police officer told a victim seminar at Poole Civic Centre that the police were “atrocious” at keeping victims of crime informed. Dorset Victims’ Bureau will be one of only two dedicated services in England and Wales and the commissioner hopes it will grow into the first multi-agency victims’ service in the country.
He said: “I am passionate about improving victim services. The Bureau will also assist those victims who, for various reasons, do not pick up the phone to report their crime to the police.”
The Victims’ Forum will take place at 10am on October 22 and the next forum will be at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester on January 23.
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