DORSET Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council neighbourhood policing week of action, which focuses on recognising the hard work and dedication of neighbourhood policing teams.

The week of action will take place from Monday, January 17, until  Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Neighbourhood policing is designed to make the police more visible, reduce fear among the communities and aid interaction between the public and the police.

It also helps gather local knowledge, gain intelligence and build support from the public.

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Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, from the Dorset County Neighbourhood Policing command area said: “Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of everything we do and building trust and confidence with our local communities is vital in helping us to prevent crime, keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities, and bring offenders to justice.

“This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise and celebrate the vital work that all our neighbourhood policing teams and our wider policing family perform to keep the communities of Dorset safe.”

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This week of action is an ideal opportunity to recognise the important work of the neighbourhood policing teams and highlight the good work they do within their communities.

Bournemouth Echo: Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, David Sidwick. Picture: Finnbarr WebsterPolice and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, David Sidwick. Picture: Finnbarr Webster

“By supporting initiatives set out within my Police and Crime Plan, such as neighbourhood watch, making policing more visible, building community strength and working with local agencies, the link between local communities and Dorset Police will be further strengthened."