Martyn Underhill (Independent) - Election statement
I am the only candidate who is independent from political parties and has a good working knowledge of the police. Party politics and policing don’t mix. Dorset is a unique and special county and I am passionate to find “Dorset solutions for Dorset people”. I am an ex police officer who moved to Dorset on retirement. I led the Sarah Payne case, I advised on Soham. I understand the police and i have no connection to this force.
I am a Trustee/Volunteer for five Dorset charities and sit as Laymember on my Local Safeguarding Children Board. I lecture at Bournemouth University and am an adviser to the charity Missing People. After six months campaigning, meeting thousands of Dorset people, I feel I know what you want. That’s why I petitioned 10 Downing Street recently, fighting for a fairer budget allocation for this force.
If elected, I pledge to tackle your issues – domestic violence, anti-social behaviour, binge drinking, e-crime/identity theft, and a more approachable and accountable Police Force. Persistent offenders blight our lives, and need tackling through firm supervision. Community Engagement is a priority. I will create PCC Forums that you can sit on with me, telling me your issues, so I can help resolve them. We need more Special Constables, working in their community for the community. We need fewer victims and a quicker service. A Victims Bureau that gives you one person as a contact, wherever your case sits, be it with police, CPS or the Courts, keeping you informed. We need a Neighbourhood Watch in every community. I want to see the Voluntary Sector working as equals to the statutory bodies. And finally, I want to tackle deprived areas like Boscombe, tackling drug issues, making them safer.
Prepared by Martyn Underhill of 35 Manor Ave Poole