Olympics leads to cut in crime rate in Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: SAFE AND SECURE IN DORSET: Great Britain’s Ellott matchrace crew Lucy MacGregor, Annie Lush and Kate MacGregor during the Olympic quarter-final against Russia off Weymouth SAFE AND SECURE IN DORSET: Great Britain’s Ellott matchrace crew Lucy MacGregor, Annie Lush and Kate MacGregor during the Olympic quarter-final against Russia off Weymouth

CRIME levels in Dorset appear to have gone down during the Olympic Games compared to the same period last year, police have revealed.

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting, who is in charge of Olympic and Paralympic safety and security said: “Dorset continues to be one of the safest places in the country and the Olympic period has been no different.

“Our initial assessment is that crime levels have been lower than for the same period last year, reflecting the continued downward trend over several years.”

Mr Whiting added: “The support we’ve had from local communities has been fantastic. They’ve ensured that the 15 days of Olympic events in Dorset have been embraced, enjoyed and celebrated in safety.

“It’s been great to see the success of Team GB and other participating nations. Our safety operation will, of course, continue and we remain completely focused on ensuring a safe and secure Paralympic Games.”

Mr Whiting also saluted officers and staff from Dorset and 35 other forces. “The fact that the operation has gone so seamlessly demonstrates the professionalism of the British police service.

“While we’ve had significant mutual aid for the Olympics , neighbourhood policing teams have continued to focus on local priorities and on dealing with the things that matter to the people of Dorset.”

Mr Whiting said the summer would continue to be a busy one for the county’s public services, with Bournemouth Air Festival , the Great Dorset Steam Fair , Dorset County Show and Paralympic sailing all coming up.

Michael Taylor, chairman of Dorset Police Authority, said: “On behalf of all members and officers, I congratulate Dorset Police on a first class Olympic safety operation, aided by the contribution from other police forces, our local partners and the public. The detailed planning and implementation of the overall policing operation have been exemplary.”

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2:49pm Tue 14 Aug 12

gerbil112 says...

Could this be anything to do with the fact that Dorset has been swamped with Police, many from other counties, over the past few weeks? What will happen now that we are getting back to normal levels of Policing, and later this year when the Police face a 20% cut in manpower???
Could this be anything to do with the fact that Dorset has been swamped with Police, many from other counties, over the past few weeks? What will happen now that we are getting back to normal levels of Policing, and later this year when the Police face a 20% cut in manpower??? gerbil112

3:52pm Tue 14 Aug 12

IRingwoodLoveTo says...

Dorset hasn't been swamped with Police officers from other forces, only Weymouth has. The 20% cuts is an ongoing thing until 2016 so it won't happen suddenly at once resulting in a massive increase in crime or what have you. As can be seen, crime rates continue to fall despite officer numbers coming down. Those officers still employed are obviously having to work harder to do the same job but it looks like they're doing it well. Sure the cuts will probably affect figures in the long term, but that is hardly Dorset Police's fault is it? If you want to moan to someone, moan to your MP instead of the Echo as they can actually do something about it if they really want to (Which they evidently don't).
Dorset hasn't been swamped with Police officers from other forces, only Weymouth has. The 20% cuts is an ongoing thing until 2016 so it won't happen suddenly at once resulting in a massive increase in crime or what have you. As can be seen, crime rates continue to fall despite officer numbers coming down. Those officers still employed are obviously having to work harder to do the same job but it looks like they're doing it well. Sure the cuts will probably affect figures in the long term, but that is hardly Dorset Police's fault is it? If you want to moan to someone, moan to your MP instead of the Echo as they can actually do something about it if they really want to (Which they evidently don't). IRingwoodLoveTo

4:02pm Tue 14 Aug 12

IRingwoodLoveTo says...

And when I say Weymouth has been "swamped", I certainly don't mean that literally. I think the Police mutual aid has been significant in the area at keeping crime down in Weymouth, but certainly hasn't affected the rest of Dorset which has seen normal levels of Police Officers doing their work in a perfectly capable and efficient manner, it would appear. Good on them.
And when I say Weymouth has been "swamped", I certainly don't mean that literally. I think the Police mutual aid has been significant in the area at keeping crime down in Weymouth, but certainly hasn't affected the rest of Dorset which has seen normal levels of Police Officers doing their work in a perfectly capable and efficient manner, it would appear. Good on them. IRingwoodLoveTo

1:58pm Thu 16 Aug 12

kingstonpaul says...

Probably nothing to do with increased policing levels.
I suspect the main factor was that there were fewer people out on the streets - and that was down to the compelling quality of the sport during the Olympics.
We were sitting at home with our pizzas and 4-packs watching telly!
Probably nothing to do with increased policing levels. I suspect the main factor was that there were fewer people out on the streets - and that was down to the compelling quality of the sport during the Olympics. We were sitting at home with our pizzas and 4-packs watching telly! kingstonpaul

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