Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle Boscombe's problems
IN a first for the country, Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill is to recruit a PCC Advocate for the Boscombe area. This will be an unpaid voluntary role which is being trialled in Boscombe and, if successful, may be extended to other areas of the county.
The successful applicant will help the PCC to address the problems that are particular to Boscombe.
Mr Underhill said:"I am asking a person with a specific skill set to rise to this challenge and help make Boscombe and Dorset safer. Don't confuse this with a Deputy PCC. I am one of a number of PCC's nationally who have said no to that concept. This will be a voluntary role, an advocate to represent me.
As Martyn Underhill's appointed Advocate for Boscombe, they will represent the PCC at relevant community meetings working with key local partners, stakeholders, other community contacts and members of the public.
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The successful applicant must be available for one to five hours per week and although this is an unpaid voluntary role, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Mr Underhill added: "I cannot be everywhere all the time and I have found very quickly that 'Community Issues' are complex multi-agency challenges that need a lot of work. Hence my thought of creating an advocate, a role that allows a person well connected with the issue to help me drive things forward in that area."
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has officially advertised the role on the PCC Dorset website and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. The closing date for applications is 2 April.