David Sidwick: Hate crime has no place in our society

By David Sidwick, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Dorset As we reflect on national Hate Crime Awareness Week, I wanted to dedicate my blog to raising awareness and encouraging the reporting of this offence to the police. Let me begin by saying that hate crime, in any form, is abhorrent, the ignorance and prejudice thatContinue reading “David Sidwick: Hate crime has no place in our society”

Hate Crime Awareness Week ends

During this year’s national Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW), Prejudice Free Dorset organised several events. Dr Raymond Davies, Chair of the PFD Business Sub-group, spoke at the Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday 13th October, highlighting the importance of collaboration between PFD and businesses across Dorset. Dr Davies then continued the activates on ThursdayContinue reading “Hate Crime Awareness Week ends”

People First Forum: A safe place for all

For national Hate Crime Awareness Week, Prejudice Free Dorset talked to Amanda Frost and Paul Thomas from PFD member People First Forum (PFF), an organisation which gives adults with learning disabilities a voice in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. As Amanda and Paul explain, members can benefit from keepsake advice, help if they are victims ofContinue reading “People First Forum: A safe place for all”

A guide to 3rd party reporting

During Hate Crime Awareness Week, Prejudice Free Dorset is raising awareness of the important role third party reporting centres play in combatting hate crime. Is your organisation interested in becoming a third party reporting centre? Watch the video below to hear from Nathalie Sherring, Chief Executive of PFD member Dorset Race Equality Council, about whatContinue reading “A guide to 3rd party reporting”

Kushti Bok: Giving gypsies & travellers a voice

Ahead of national Hate Crime Awareness Week, Prejudice Free Dorset caught up with Betty Smith-Billington, Chair of long-standing member Kushti Bok Dorset. As Betty explains, Kushti Bok is a volunteer-led organisation which helps ensure gypsies and travellers in Dorset have a voice. These minorities are still wrongly targeted with negative labels and media attention, andContinue reading “Kushti Bok: Giving gypsies & travellers a voice”

Supt Gemma Morris on joining PFD

The newly appointed Chair of PFD, Supt Gemma Morris, reflects on her vast experience and ongoing commitment to tackling hate crime in Dorset. By Superintendent Gemma Morris, Dorset Police Having grown up in Dorset, I first served with Surrey Police for ten years before transferring back to Dorset in 2009. In both forces I haveContinue reading “Supt Gemma Morris on joining PFD”

Workshop for housing associations

By Tina Symington, BCP Community Safety Officer Following on from Prejudice Free Dorset’s No Place for Hate 2019 Conference, there was an action to hold an event for housing association staff. The request had come through from several sources, and housing associations, who had attended the event. The initial event was planned to be inContinue reading “Workshop for housing associations”

Want to become a Prison Officer?

Want to learn more about being a Prison Officer? Perhaps you’re looking for a new career? Come along to a free online event on July 1st, to hear more about this fascinating role from officers at HMP Exeter and HMP Channings Wood – and to learn more about careers within Her Majesty’s Prison and ProbationContinue reading “Want to become a Prison Officer?”

Windrush stories

By Samuel Johnson Today marks the fourth national Windrush Day in the UK, as well as the 73 years that have passed since the SS Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 carrying the first Caribbean migrants to the UK – to help re-build the Motherland, Great Britain, after the Second WorldContinue reading “Windrush stories”

Dorset Police launches summer campaign to increase online reporting

Dorset Police has launched a new summer-long campaign to help reduce demand on their 101 non-emergency number. This summer, Dorset Police is expecting a large number of calls and increased demand. To reduce non-emergency call waiting times, they are asking people to consider other ways to contact the police. The new campaign – #ItsPersonal –Continue reading “Dorset Police launches summer campaign to increase online reporting”