A NEW initiative from Dorset Police will be putting communities at the heart of policing.

A series of new plans under the Neighbourhood Engagement Contract (NEC) initiative are being published over the coming weeks and will set out eight minimum standards and common objectives that each team aims to achieve within their area.

Pop up events such as face-to-face engagements, public meetings, and Facebook LIVE meetings, as well as more visible policing in communities are all included in the plans.

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Rachel Farrell, Dorset Police's assistant chief constable, said: “Dorset Police is passionate about working with our neighbourhoods as we feel neighbourhood policing is the bedrock of community engagement. Our vision is to create a safe county for everyone, and this sits at the foundation of everything we do.

“We are committed to being tough on crime, keeping people safe and putting victims first. These three elements are at the core of our day-to-day activities and will help to guide our decisions and identify our priorities and future direction.

“These NECs will help us support our local communities and understand what really matters to them. This is our purpose and will help us to achieve our vision and bring us closer to all communities, partners and visitors.”

Bournemouth Echo: Rachel Farrell, Assistant Chief Constable at Dorset PoliceRachel Farrell, Assistant Chief Constable at Dorset Police

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: “Making policing more visible and connected is one of the policing priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan.

“I know how important local policing is to our residents and communities - seeing and knowing who your local officers and PCSO’s are, is vital to building up a well-supported and understood community and I want every resident to know who is on their beat and how to get in touch with them.

“I welcome this important pledge from Dorset Police, and I look forward to working closely with the Force over the coming months and years to build on the Neighbourhood Engagement Commitment and ensure Dorset Police officers and staff are as close as possible to the people they serve.”

To find more information about your Neighbourhood Policing Team please go to www.dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing