Your opportunity to ask questions about plans to pay extra for policing

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Dorset residents are being invited to put their questions about proposals to pay extra for policing to the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner during an online event.

Martyn Underhill is asking the public to pay an extra £1.25 a month to enable the Force to provide an enhanced service and recruit new officers.

A survey is now taking place and residents are being asked to have their say on the proposed increases by clicking here.

A virtual event, giving members of the public the chance to find out more about the proposals and to put their questions to the PCC, will take place from 5.30pm on Thursday January 14.

How to take part

The session will take place over Microsoft Teams, and if you would like to be in the audience please email

If you would like to ask a question during the session, please send it to the above email address, making it clear whether or not you would be happy to have your name mentioned.
Invitations will be sent out to audience members’ e-mail addresses, featuring a link they need to click in order to take part.

Raising the precept

The proposed increase to the precept, the element of a monthly council tax bill that funds policing, will enable Dorset Police to deliver a balanced budget and pay for additional costs, some of which have been created as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

If approved, the figure would see those living in a Band D property paying an additional £15 a year for policing in the county.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “I ask the public about plans to increase the precept every year, and I always get an excellent response from Dorset residents.

“As part of my consultation, I always go out with my team to towns across the county to talk to people face to face. Sadly, as a result of the pandemic, I won’t be able to do that this year, so this online event is an opportunity for people to put their questions to me, find out more about why I want to raise the precept and what they will get in return.”

To take the survey please click here.

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