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”

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”

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”

David Sidwick: What I plan to do as Police & Crime Commissioner

By David Sidwick, newly elected PCC for Dorset I am humbled and grateful to the people of Dorset for electing me as their Police and Crime Commissioner. I’ve lived in this county all my life, my children were brought up here and my family goes back generations. It is therefore a great honour to representContinue reading “David Sidwick: What I plan to do as Police & Crime Commissioner”

Out of Court Disposal: A one-stop guide to OoCD and Scrutiny Panels in Dorset

At PFD’s ‘No Place for Hate’ conference, some of you expressed your interest in more guidance around the purpose and responsibility of Out of Court Disposal (OoCD) Scrutiny Panels in Dorset. We’ve compiled a number of frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, please let us know in the comments and we willContinue reading “Out of Court Disposal: A one-stop guide to OoCD and Scrutiny Panels in Dorset”

Training dates: 3rd party reporting

Prejudice Free Dorset is pleased to offer a set of free, online training sessions on third party reporting to organisations across Dorset. The sessions, which can be booked free of charge via Eventbrite, are suitable for any organisation looking to become a third party reporting centre, as well as organisations already working with us. SpacesContinue reading “Training dates: 3rd party reporting”

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

During Hate Crime Awareness Week (10th – 17th October), partners in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset will continue to work together to promote awareness around tackling prejudice and hate crime. Look out for events and activities on Prejudice Free Dorset’s website, Twitter and Facebook page.  In the meantime, there are 26 local reporting centres forContinue reading “Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020”

Working together to ensure Dorset is no place for hate

By Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner I am proud to be a member of Prejudice Free Dorset and its work to raise awareness of hate crime in Dorset. It brings organisations together with a common goal to help make the county a place where everyone can live, work and visit free from hostilityContinue reading “Working together to ensure Dorset is no place for hate”

Building a prejudice free community

By Superintendent Gavin Dudfield, Chair of Prejudice Free Dorset All members of Prejudice Free Dorset have been asked to write a short blog regarding their roles, any projects they are working on or any current or non-recent issues that may be of interest to those who visit this site.  I have decided to simply writeContinue reading “Building a prejudice free community”