As of March 2016, our Police Community Support Officer is PCSO 6500 Alison Donnison. She can be contacted via 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Found below are extracts from reports given by the PCSO at recent Parish Council meetings. These contain useful information, raise awareness, and highlight areas for residents to be aware of.
AskNed Information – 13th February 2018
Dorset Police ask; “could your enquiry be answered by NED?”
Do you have issues with parking? Noisy neighbours? Concerned with an animal’s welfare? Not sure who to contact… Then AskNED – the non-emergency directory.
Dorset Police has launched a new online knowledgebase designed to help the public find answers to common enquiries and guide them to the right agencies.
AskNED offers help and advice around a whole host of topics such as civil matters including landlord and tenant disputes, as well as criminal matters including burglary and assault. AskNED provides advice and information about what you should do and who can help.
The online service is quick and easy to use. It is an alphabetical list of topics the police commonly receive enquiries about, along with details of the agencies who can help you.
Head of Contact Management for Dorset Police, Superintendent Steve Lyne said: “Ask NED is a useful resource for the public, providing information on topics we are most commonly asked about.
“It is an alphabetical list of topics that hold information and signposting details for that subject.
“Ultimately, I hope that AskNED will assist the public with questions they may have and divert people away from the 101 non-emergency number which will in turn provide further improvements to our service.”
To access the AskNED knowledgebase visit www.dorset.police.uk/askNED. Remember, it is quicker and easier to report online, however the 101 non-emergency service is available should you wish to speak to someone. If a crime is in progress or life in danger always dial 999.
Fraud Prevention Information – 9th January 2018
There was a general increase in scam phone calls just prior to the Christmas period.
Dorset Police have a process to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud. It focuses on the protection of the elderly and vulnerable members of our communities, through awareness and prevention. Fraud is a hidden and underreported crime with victims often in denial or unaware.
Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people. Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks more quickly and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected.
The nature of fraud victimisation is not only financial. The emotional impact is significant and includes guilt, misplaced trust and diminished confidence, resulting in detrimental effects on physical and mental health and increased social isolation.
If anyone is aware of any individuals or groups that would benefit from a visit from myself please contact the PCSO Alison Donnison via 101 or on the Dorset Police website, “Contact Us” section.
Crime Alerts – 9th January 2018
Residents had previously asked how to register for crime alerts, users can register directly for crime alerts at the Dorset Alert link at www.dorsetalert.co.uk.
Stay Safe # This Christmas campaign Top Tips – 12th December 2017
- Make yourself aware of common scams and talk to friends, relatives and neighbours so they know how to protect themselves.
- If you’re shopping online, use reputable retailers and check payments are secure.
- Activate parental controls and/or privacy settings on new gadgets and register serial numbers with an online registry company like immobilise.com.
- Drink and drug driving affects real people, real families. If you are out enjoying a drink, plan how to get home safely.
- If you’ve been drinking, beware the morning after, you may still be over the limit.
- Stay with friends you trust on a night out, drink responsibly and plan how you will get home safely.
- Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your property if you are going away.
- Keep presents and other valuables out of sight; always lock your windows and door and keep your vehicles secure.
- There is no place for abuse, exploitation or neglect at any time of year. If you’re concerned about any adult or child, please report it
- You can make non-urgent enquiries, report concerns or speak to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team via the “Do it online” function on the Dorset Police website.
- Christmas is a busy time; help us by thinking before you call. Could your query be answered by a different agency?