Lyme meeting to hear about policing in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 12:29 03 August 2016

Martyn Underhill

Martyn Underhill


Police and Crime Commissioner to address Heritage Coast U3A branch at Woodmead Halls

Martyn Underhill, Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner since 2012, will be discussing ‘Policing in Dorset’ with the Heritage Coast U3A branch at Lyme Regis on Wednesday, August 10.

Thirty years service with the Metropolitan Police and Sussex Police culminated as a Detective Chief Inspector in Sussex, where Martyn was commended for his work on the Sarah Payne case. After retiring he became Project Manager for Child Rescue Alert; he launched the UK pilot project in 2003 with Sara Payne and in 2006 persuaded the Association of Chief Police Officers to introduce the scheme nationally.

As PCC, Mr Underhill has reversed the recruitment freeze in place since 2009, and has doubled the number of volunteers in Dorset Police. His priorities include a focus on more visible policing; a cybercrime campaign to help Dorset residents protect themselves against online crime; better support for victims of crime through The Dorset Victims Bureau - one of only two in the country; policing that helps protect future generations; and improved crisis care for people with mental health needs.

This U3A talk is at 11am on Wednesday, August 10, in Woodmead Halls, with coffee or tea available from 10am. Entrance is free to U3A members; non-members are encouraged to make a £2 donation towards the talk.

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