Dorset's new crime commissioner welcomes opening of Swanage Pathway

Bournemouth Echo: CEREMONY: Tracey Baker, Mayor of Swanage Cllr Bill Trite, Commissioner Martin Underhill, Insp Chris Weekes and the town crier open the new Swanage Pathway police office CEREMONY: Tracey Baker, Mayor of Swanage Cllr Bill Trite, Commissioner Martin Underhill, Insp Chris Weekes and the town crier open the new Swanage Pathway police office

DORSET’S new police and crime commissioner has described the new facility that replaces Swanage Police Station as “the way forward.”

Martyn Underhill was speaking at the official opening of Swanage Pathway in an annexe of the Town Hall. The building has both a police and council receptionist and provides a base for the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Mr Underhill said: “Some members of the public contacted me saying: ‘We have lost our police to Wareham’, but how many people knew where the old police station was? It would have cost over £400,000 to keep it going.

“This ... is a collaborative project and I think that’s the way forward. It’s a better location because it’s more central to the town.

“Christchurch is the next target and the council has offered us a similar facility. In addition to the police station, we would like to have an office front in the Town Hall. It increases the possibility of police contact.”

Among the services provided at Pathway are updates for victims of crime, recording of lost property, taking messages for officers, and dealing with issues over car parking, cemeteries, parks, town hall bookings, receiving payments and information about council meetings.

Visitors will also be able to use a direct telephone link to Dorset Police’s inquiry centre, where crime details will be recorded by call handlers.

Some services previously provided at the old police station move to Wareham, including document production, bail registration and surrender of firearms.

Purbeck Neighbourhood Ins-pector Tracey Baker said: “This new facility will provide the Swanage community and visitors with a shared service where they will be able to access a range of information and services linked to both police and the local authority.

“The opening of Swanage Pathway enables us to continue policing the town from a local base, with Safer Neighbourhood teams starting and completing their duties from the facility as they previously did from the police station.

“Patrol officers will continue to be based at Wareham, as they currently are, and will provide a policing response and presence in Swanage.”

Swanage Mayor Cllr Bill Trite said: “The opening of the Pathway responds to the current budgetary restraints affecting the public sector.

“Joint working between the police and council will provide an improved service to the community and neighbouring villages.”

l Swanage Pathway will be open 10am to 1pm and 2 to 3pm October to March, and 10am to 1pm, 2 to 4pm April to September. It will be closed on bank holidays.

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4:05pm Fri 7 Dec 12

crispy_pants says...

Confused. I thought this was a new path.
Confused. I thought this was a new path. crispy_pants

4:36pm Fri 7 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

The mans publicity mad.
The mans publicity mad. pete woodley

4:48pm Fri 7 Dec 12

A Lofty says...

Mmmm. Publicity mad indeed. This is just the start.... This guy has to be voted back into his (very) well paid job at some point in the future. Much like a politician, (I honestly have no idea what his background is), he will most likely do and say anything that he thinks will make him popular and will get him re-elected. I'm sure that any changes he makes to the policing of Dorset will be made objectively and with the best interests of the community in mind and not simply to feather his nest......
Mmmm. Publicity mad indeed. This is just the start.... This guy has to be voted back into his (very) well paid job at some point in the future. Much like a politician, (I honestly have no idea what his background is), he will most likely do and say anything that he thinks will make him popular and will get him re-elected. I'm sure that any changes he makes to the policing of Dorset will be made objectively and with the best interests of the community in mind and not simply to feather his nest...... A Lofty

5:47pm Fri 7 Dec 12

SeafaringMan says...

A Lofty wrote:
Mmmm. Publicity mad indeed. This is just the start.... This guy has to be voted back into his (very) well paid job at some point in the future. Much like a politician, (I honestly have no idea what his background is), he will most likely do and say anything that he thinks will make him popular and will get him re-elected. I'm sure that any changes he makes to the policing of Dorset will be made objectively and with the best interests of the community in mind and not simply to feather his nest......
Perhaps you should have found out about his background before the election, you might then have bothered to vote. His background is a retired senior police officer.
[quote][p][bold]A Lofty[/bold] wrote: Mmmm. Publicity mad indeed. This is just the start.... This guy has to be voted back into his (very) well paid job at some point in the future. Much like a politician, (I honestly have no idea what his background is), he will most likely do and say anything that he thinks will make him popular and will get him re-elected. I'm sure that any changes he makes to the policing of Dorset will be made objectively and with the best interests of the community in mind and not simply to feather his nest......[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should have found out about his background before the election, you might then have bothered to vote. His background is a retired senior police officer. SeafaringMan

5:57pm Fri 7 Dec 12

SeafaringMan says...

“Some members of the public contacted me saying: ‘We have lost our police to Wareham’, but how many people knew where the old police station was?" I live in Poole, I visit Swanage regularly and I certainly know where the old Police Station still is, I am sure that there can be very few Swanage residents who don't.
“Some members of the public contacted me saying: ‘We have lost our police to Wareham’, but how many people knew where the old police station was?" I live in Poole, I visit Swanage regularly and I certainly know where the old Police Station still is, I am sure that there can be very few Swanage residents who don't. SeafaringMan

7:02pm Fri 7 Dec 12

LINFOST says...

The fact that Swanage Police station has stood for 113 years in the same place I am sure everyone knew where it was
The fact that Swanage Police station has stood for 113 years in the same place I am sure everyone knew where it was LINFOST

8:09pm Fri 7 Dec 12

phonehome says...

Swanage Pathway?

What was wrong with it being called Swanage Police Station?
Swanage Pathway? What was wrong with it being called Swanage Police Station? phonehome

8:23pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Old Colonial says...

"Pathway"? Oh for heaven's sake!
"Pathway"? Oh for heaven's sake! Old Colonial

9:25pm Fri 7 Dec 12

muscliffman says...

Old Colonial wrote:
"Pathway"? Oh for heaven's sake!
Not a good choice of name in current circumstances is it.
In another Government service the same name is used to identify a controversial and deliberate policy that results in the death of very ill NHS patients.
Indeed I thought this article was on that topic at first!
Oooops.
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: "Pathway"? Oh for heaven's sake![/p][/quote]Not a good choice of name in current circumstances is it. In another Government service the same name is used to identify a controversial and deliberate policy that results in the death of very ill NHS patients. Indeed I thought this article was on that topic at first! Oooops. muscliffman

9:31pm Fri 7 Dec 12

karalinda says...

Perhaps Mr Underhill would like to come to Swanage and meet those people he claims not to know where the
Police Station is.
What a condescending statement to make, a big mistake Mr Underhill, Swanage people don’t take kindly to these sort of comments. Listen to the local people and not the statistics that have been given to you
Perhaps Mr Underhill would like to come to Swanage and meet those people he claims not to know where the Police Station is. What a condescending statement to make, a big mistake Mr Underhill, Swanage people don’t take kindly to these sort of comments. Listen to the local people and not the statistics that have been given to you karalinda

11:08pm Fri 7 Dec 12

caz maz says...

“Patrol officers will continue to be based at Wareham, as they currently are, and will provide a policing response and presence in Swanage.”
Mmmmm how long for? before they are all moved and based in Poole and Wareham police station is closed and made in to a "pathway" May be this is already on the cards!
“Patrol officers will continue to be based at Wareham, as they currently are, and will provide a policing response and presence in Swanage.” Mmmmm how long for? before they are all moved and based in Poole and Wareham police station is closed and made in to a "pathway" May be this is already on the cards! caz maz

11:38pm Fri 7 Dec 12

karalinda says...

SeafaringMan wrote:
A Lofty wrote:
Mmmm. Publicity mad indeed. This is just the start.... This guy has to be voted back into his (very) well paid job at some point in the future. Much like a politician, (I honestly have no idea what his background is), he will most likely do and say anything that he thinks will make him popular and will get him re-elected. I'm sure that any changes he makes to the policing of Dorset will be made objectively and with the best interests of the community in mind and not simply to feather his nest......
Perhaps you should have found out about his background before the election, you might then have bothered to vote. His background is a retired senior police officer.
We did not have any information on any of the candidates before the election was held, I wasn't going to vote on anyone without knowing what they stood for, and it was their place to campaign, the whole exercise was a disgrace and terrible waste of money that could have been used in better ways in policing the country.
[quote][p][bold]SeafaringMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Lofty[/bold] wrote: Mmmm. Publicity mad indeed. This is just the start.... This guy has to be voted back into his (very) well paid job at some point in the future. Much like a politician, (I honestly have no idea what his background is), he will most likely do and say anything that he thinks will make him popular and will get him re-elected. I'm sure that any changes he makes to the policing of Dorset will be made objectively and with the best interests of the community in mind and not simply to feather his nest......[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should have found out about his background before the election, you might then have bothered to vote. His background is a retired senior police officer.[/p][/quote]We did not have any information on any of the candidates before the election was held, I wasn't going to vote on anyone without knowing what they stood for, and it was their place to campaign, the whole exercise was a disgrace and terrible waste of money that could have been used in better ways in policing the country. karalinda

12:43am Sat 8 Dec 12

rosemary_ella says...

That is a ridiculous statement, I live on the same road as it, it was used by lots of people on a daily basis including myself. When I was in a car accident this year it was so easy to go across the road and make a statement or see if there was any more news, rather than having to drive to the other side of Purbeck every 5 minutes to speak to someone in person. Also, people lose wallets, cards, jewellery, keys, phones etc all the time, especially in the summer. How man people are going to make the drive to Wareham to hand it in? Especially tourists. In my opinion there has already been a noticeable increase in crime in Swanage.
That is a ridiculous statement, I live on the same road as it, it was used by lots of people on a daily basis including myself. When I was in a car accident this year it was so easy to go across the road and make a statement or see if there was any more news, rather than having to drive to the other side of Purbeck every 5 minutes to speak to someone in person. Also, people lose wallets, cards, jewellery, keys, phones etc all the time, especially in the summer. How man people are going to make the drive to Wareham to hand it in? Especially tourists. In my opinion there has already been a noticeable increase in crime in Swanage. rosemary_ella

12:46am Sat 8 Dec 12

rosemary_ella says...

And when I say ridiculous statement, I am referring to Mr Underhill saying that people don't even know where Swanage police station is. Also, I'd like to know where the £400,000 figure has appeared from and more information about it. I cannot see how it is going to cost that amount to run every year. The Police Station has been there for over 100 years!!
And when I say ridiculous statement, I am referring to Mr Underhill saying that people don't even know where Swanage police station is. Also, I'd like to know where the £400,000 figure has appeared from and more information about it. I cannot see how it is going to cost that amount to run every year. The Police Station has been there for over 100 years!! rosemary_ella

6:59am Sat 8 Dec 12

manyogie says...

Pathway, pre-loaded, already Mr under hills prediliction for chintzy nice words to use is making me regret my X in his box.
Stop attending the opening of a crisp bag n do your job martin.
Pathway, pre-loaded, already Mr under hills prediliction for chintzy nice words to use is making me regret my X in his box. Stop attending the opening of a crisp bag n do your job martin. manyogie

8:17am Sat 8 Dec 12

John T says...

pete woodley wrote:
The mans publicity mad.
I am delighted to see that you have returned from hospital in good heart, albeit 'wearing your heart on your sleeve'.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: The mans publicity mad.[/p][/quote]I am delighted to see that you have returned from hospital in good heart, albeit 'wearing your heart on your sleeve'. John T

9:06am Sat 8 Dec 12

karalinda says...

rosemary_ella wrote:
And when I say ridiculous statement, I am referring to Mr Underhill saying that people don't even know where Swanage police station is. Also, I'd like to know where the £400,000 figure has appeared from and more information about it. I cannot see how it is going to cost that amount to run every year. The Police Station has been there for over 100 years!!
I agree with this comment, how is the sum of £400,000 arrived at, public information please Mr Underhill. When will you attend an Open Meeting with the people of Swanage to discuss the closure of Swanage Police Station and to answer just what is available at this ridiculously named Pathway Office??
[quote][p][bold]rosemary_ella[/bold] wrote: And when I say ridiculous statement, I am referring to Mr Underhill saying that people don't even know where Swanage police station is. Also, I'd like to know where the £400,000 figure has appeared from and more information about it. I cannot see how it is going to cost that amount to run every year. The Police Station has been there for over 100 years!![/p][/quote]I agree with this comment, how is the sum of £400,000 arrived at, public information please Mr Underhill. When will you attend an Open Meeting with the people of Swanage to discuss the closure of Swanage Police Station and to answer just what is available at this ridiculously named Pathway Office?? karalinda

10:06am Sat 8 Dec 12

Azphreal says...

Has he released who his backers were yet? If so can someone put the link her as the paper seems to have forgotten about it.
Has he released who his backers were yet? If so can someone put the link her as the paper seems to have forgotten about it. Azphreal

10:44pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Yankee1 says...

Hmm.

Why not do what we do in the States?

Creates sub-police stations in high (comprehensive) schools. Armed coppers in schools.

And have armed response units always within a 2 minute trip.

It saves money. If that is the point.

You folk DO like to copy our silliness, don't you?
Hmm. Why not do what we do in the States? Creates sub-police stations in high (comprehensive) schools. Armed coppers in schools. And have armed response units always within a 2 minute trip. It saves money. If that is the point. You folk DO like to copy our silliness, don't you? Yankee1

12:10am Mon 10 Dec 12

step up says...

Nobody cares what he thinks!!! Please dont keep quoting him every other day Echo. Its a non job with vitually zero public interest. Didnt you get that from the turn out to vote Echo?? Please not every day trust me nobody really nobody cares what he thinks!!!
Nobody cares what he thinks!!! Please dont keep quoting him every other day Echo. Its a non job with vitually zero public interest. Didnt you get that from the turn out to vote Echo?? Please not every day trust me nobody really nobody cares what he thinks!!! step up

8:52am Mon 10 Dec 12

charliethebikemonger says...

Swanage the biggest, most populated town in the area gets a "pathway" office that is open for 4 hours a day. It's not a police station,,it's a lost property office with few opening hours.

What would a call out time be on a sunny weekend when the roads are busy: Wareham to Swanage... 1 hour?

Even after reading his article I do not understand what police services this office offers. It's just a lost property office.

"how many people know where the old police station actually was" ....

How many people know who the hell you are?

How many people know who actually backed your campaign?

How many people know what POLICE SERVICES this office actually offers?
Swanage the biggest, most populated town in the area gets a "pathway" office that is open for 4 hours a day. It's not a police station,,it's a lost property office with few opening hours. What would a call out time be on a sunny weekend when the roads are busy: Wareham to Swanage... 1 hour? Even after reading his article I do not understand what police services this office offers. It's just a lost property office. "how many people know where the old police station actually was" .... How many people know who the hell you are? How many people know who actually backed your campaign? How many people know what POLICE SERVICES this office actually offers? charliethebikemonger

11:29am Mon 10 Dec 12

youknowimrightright says...

Thanks to this coalition government this is the result of police cutbacks and PCC's. To those who voted the conservatives and Lib Dems in, now reap the rewards?
Thanks to this coalition government this is the result of police cutbacks and PCC's. To those who voted the conservatives and Lib Dems in, now reap the rewards? youknowimrightright

5:00pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Bill Trite says...

A few points of information:

1. The decision to close Swanage police station was taken by Dorset Police long before Martyn Underhill became PCC;

2. Swanage Town Council didn't want the police station to close but couldn't stop it, so invited the police to retain an operational base in Swanage in the annexe to the town hall. This was a less costly option than maintaining the police station, although in an era of squeezed public finances the police are presumably looking forward to the proceeds of selling it. There are also economies of scale in the Council and police sharing an inquiry desk in the annexe;

3. The Town Council invited Martyn Underhill to the opening of these new facilities. He's then told to "Do your job" rather than visit Swanage. Had he refused to attend, the fault-finding brigade would doubtless then pillory him for being too self-important to bother with this corner of Dorset;

4. 'Pathway' simply derives from 'Police and Town Hall', but if the name threatens the future existence of the planet it can be changed;

5. Certain police services have not been retained at the town hall annexe but most have, so the Council believes these changes still serve the local public interest better than the alternative - complete police withdrawal to Wareham.

Bill Trite
Swanage Town Mayor
A few points of information: 1. The decision to close Swanage police station was taken by Dorset Police long before Martyn Underhill became PCC; 2. Swanage Town Council didn't want the police station to close but couldn't stop it, so invited the police to retain an operational base in Swanage in the annexe to the town hall. This was a less costly option than maintaining the police station, although in an era of squeezed public finances the police are presumably looking forward to the proceeds of selling it. There are also economies of scale in the Council and police sharing an inquiry desk in the annexe; 3. The Town Council invited Martyn Underhill to the opening of these new facilities. He's then told to "Do your job" rather than visit Swanage. Had he refused to attend, the fault-finding brigade would doubtless then pillory him for being too self-important to bother with this corner of Dorset; 4. 'Pathway' simply derives from 'Police and Town Hall', but if the name threatens the future existence of the planet it can be changed; 5. Certain police services have not been retained at the town hall annexe but most have, so the Council believes these changes still serve the local public interest better than the alternative - complete police withdrawal to Wareham. Bill Trite Swanage Town Mayor Bill Trite

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