Dorset Chief Constable's Christmas message to county's residents

Bournemouth Echo: Dorset Police Chief's Christmas message to county's residents Dorset Police Chief's Christmas message to county's residents

DORSET Police Chief Constable Debbie Simpson has today wished Dorset’s communities a happy and safe Christmas as part of the Countdown to Christmas campaign.

Miss Simpson paid tribute to the team of staff, officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and volunteers who have worked tirelessly during 2013 to help keep the public safe.

Chief Constable Simpson said: “I would like to take this opportunity not only to wish our communities a very happy Christmas but to reflect on what we have achieved together during 2013.

“Despite the significant financial challenges that have continued throughout this year Dorset remains a high performing Force with an excellent reputation. Our staff, officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the public continue to receive the service they depend upon. As a result Dorset remains a safe place to live and visit.

“In Dorset we pride ourselves on our team approach to delivering a quality service. Not only am I proud of all the staff who play their part, but I am grateful for the support provided by friends and families and the sacrifices they make in ensuring the public receive this service.

“The success achieved is not in isolation however, and I would like to add my thanks to all our partner agencies that have faced and overcome similar difficulties to meet the needs of the public.

“At the Police and Crime Plan launch earlier this year I said that the time appeared right to just stop and check whether the current Force values of Professionalism, Respect, Fairness and Integrity said all that we wanted about Dorset Police. I asked for feedback from colleagues, our partner agencies and our communities and the response was overwhelmingly ‘let’s keep the values we have’, because these are still valid despite the challenging environment we face.

“In order to meet some of the financial challenges, there has been real progress toward collaborating further on some of our functions while ensuring that we continue to provide a quality service to the public of Dorset. This is an important area of work that will continue into the New Year.

“So, once again I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard this year and share my passion in making that difference to our communities.

“All that remains is to wish you, your family and friends a very happy Christmas and a healthy and safe New Year.

“As always, you can contact Dorset Police 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over the festive season by phoning 101 for all non-urgent enquiries.

“In an emergency, when a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.”

You can follow the Countdown to Christmas campaign on Twitter @dorsetpolice and looking out for #DPXmasCountdown.

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8:09am Mon 23 Dec 13

roguetrader666 says...

Not sure about working tirelessly. Can't remember a policeman ever sweating, other than from being overweight! Remember them standing around in large groups at traffic incidents, never giving a thought to directing traffic as it seems to be deemed below them now. I'm sure they are all geared up for stopping motorists and pursuing dubious quotes on twitter and Facebook after Xmas. Don't forget, crime is still falling!
Not sure about working tirelessly. Can't remember a policeman ever sweating, other than from being overweight! Remember them standing around in large groups at traffic incidents, never giving a thought to directing traffic as it seems to be deemed below them now. I'm sure they are all geared up for stopping motorists and pursuing dubious quotes on twitter and Facebook after Xmas. Don't forget, crime is still falling! roguetrader666

8:54am Mon 23 Dec 13

jill M says...

roguetrader666 wrote:
Not sure about working tirelessly. Can't remember a policeman ever sweating, other than from being overweight! Remember them standing around in large groups at traffic incidents, never giving a thought to directing traffic as it seems to be deemed below them now. I'm sure they are all geared up for stopping motorists and pursuing dubious quotes on twitter and Facebook after Xmas. Don't forget, crime is still falling!
Thanks for that- I m sure they will think of your post whilst they re out working in all weathers over Christmas and New Year, and you re sat at home enjoying the festivities with the company of your loved ones. I would like to thank all our emergency services for doing the job they do, and giving up their Christmas to keep us safe. Merry Christmas!!
[quote][p][bold]roguetrader666[/bold] wrote: Not sure about working tirelessly. Can't remember a policeman ever sweating, other than from being overweight! Remember them standing around in large groups at traffic incidents, never giving a thought to directing traffic as it seems to be deemed below them now. I'm sure they are all geared up for stopping motorists and pursuing dubious quotes on twitter and Facebook after Xmas. Don't forget, crime is still falling![/p][/quote]Thanks for that- I m sure they will think of your post whilst they re out working in all weathers over Christmas and New Year, and you re sat at home enjoying the festivities with the company of your loved ones. I would like to thank all our emergency services for doing the job they do, and giving up their Christmas to keep us safe. Merry Christmas!! jill M

9:00am Mon 23 Dec 13

funkyferret says...

Roguetrader666 - I wonder who you'll be calling for assistance when (woe betide) your car is broken into, your house burgled, or you are assaulted?
Be aware that Dorset Police has had its funding cut by about 30%, yet still provide a 24/7/365 service of amongst the highest quality.
Officers do work 'round the clock' when supporting the families of those who have been seriously injured or lost their lives whether by crime or accident,
They are backed up by civilian employees whose expertise & dedication complement that of the officers. It is very easy (and topical) to 'knock' the police, and criticise minor drops from a perfect service, but they will be there on every minute of every day, irrespective of the weather, throughout the festive season for the benefit of YOU and your family / friends.
I will be remembering all those who have lost their loved ones, in addition to the officers who have also paid the ultimate sacrifice this festive season, and thinking of their families.
I wonder if you will be - and who would you upon call instead?
Roguetrader666 - I wonder who you'll be calling for assistance when (woe betide) your car is broken into, your house burgled, or you are assaulted? Be aware that Dorset Police has had its funding cut by about 30%, yet still provide a 24/7/365 service of amongst the highest quality. Officers do work 'round the clock' when supporting the families of those who have been seriously injured or lost their lives whether by crime or accident, They are backed up by civilian employees whose expertise & dedication complement that of the officers. It is very easy (and topical) to 'knock' the police, and criticise minor drops from a perfect service, but they will be there on every minute of every day, irrespective of the weather, throughout the festive season for the benefit of YOU and your family / friends. I will be remembering all those who have lost their loved ones, in addition to the officers who have also paid the ultimate sacrifice this festive season, and thinking of their families. I wonder if you will be - and who would you upon call instead? funkyferret

9:57am Mon 23 Dec 13

ASM says...

why is there such a huge budget cut? 30% is massive! she seems like
why is there such a huge budget cut? 30% is massive! she seems like ASM

9:57am Mon 23 Dec 13

ASM says...

a good boss
a good boss ASM

10:46am Mon 23 Dec 13

djd says...

Christmas is not the time to be spouting off politics but it appears the Governmet's plan is to cut the police and fire service budgets to such an extent that they are left with no option but to amalgamate the smaller forces into laager faceless conglomerates. The thinking behind this is that bigger is less expensive.
They are not telling forces and services to amalgamate, just cutting the budgets to such an extent that there is no other option.
The police and fire services do a marvellous job in the most difficult of circumstances and, like other posters have said, who do you call when you need help?
Christmas is not the time to be spouting off politics but it appears the Governmet's plan is to cut the police and fire service budgets to such an extent that they are left with no option but to amalgamate the smaller forces into laager faceless conglomerates. The thinking behind this is that bigger is less expensive. They are not telling forces and services to amalgamate, just cutting the budgets to such an extent that there is no other option. The police and fire services do a marvellous job in the most difficult of circumstances and, like other posters have said, who do you call when you need help? djd

11:11am Mon 23 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

****.And there was me thinking the Chief Constable was going to say 'After The 1st Of January there will be no PCC'. But by the look on her face it says 'yes, i have to work with him too'.
****.And there was me thinking the Chief Constable was going to say 'After The 1st Of January there will be no PCC'. But by the look on her face it says 'yes, i have to work with him too'. politicaltrainspotter

3:07pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Tictock says...

I would feel more reassured if the PCC and tribe were abolished and the money reinvested in proper policing!
I would feel more reassured if the PCC and tribe were abolished and the money reinvested in proper policing! Tictock

6:52pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

Just ditch those useless PCSO's, the PCC and the hobby bobbies, even though they're free to use (and always have ill fitting uniforms - maybe hand-me-downs!) and concentrate on a police service full of full time police!!

There we are!! Budget sorted!! Crime sorted!!

Merry Xmas!
Just ditch those useless PCSO's, the PCC and the hobby bobbies, even though they're free to use (and always have ill fitting uniforms - maybe hand-me-downs!) and concentrate on a police service full of full time police!! There we are!! Budget sorted!! Crime sorted!! Merry Xmas! Controversial But True

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