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ADW 2021/22 AGM Reminder

Dorset Watch members are encouraged to attend our AGM next Wednesday 4th May at the Hamworthy Club in Magna Road BH21 3AP commencing from 2pm. Planned guest speakers include our Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable.

AGM 15/10/2021

 We held our AGM yesterday which was attended by approximately 40 Watch members. We were pleased to welcome guest speakers Acting Assistant Chief Constable Steve Lyne and Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick. Steve gave updates on Policing activities and challenges followed by David who presented the key priorities of his Police and Crime plan which is planned to be published at the end of October. In ADW business Chairman Pat Halliday was re-elected and Tim Stearn was appointed Vice Chairman. Among those partners with promotional stands were Trading Standards and Community Speed Watch. Our thanks to the Attendees, Speakers, Partners plus the Hamworthy venue staff and the Police personnel supporting us on the day.

ADW's New 'Stay Safe' Booklet is now available.

The 2021/22 edition of ADW's 'Stay Safe' booklet is now back from the printers and available for watch leaders to help promote their watches. If you would like to order physical copies please contact Tim on alternatively a digital copy is available to view or download as a PDF in the  "Help & Advice... > Advice & Tips..."  section of our website.

Dorset Police announces new top team appointments

 Supporting our new Chief Constable(CC) Scott Chilton are Deputy Chief Constable(DCC) Sam de Reya and Assistant Chief Constable(ACC) Steve Lyne. ADW congratulates them on their appointments and looks forward to working in partnership with them and those under their command.

Keep An Eye on Your Belongings While On The Beach

  Reminder To Keep An Eye on Your Belongings While Enjoying The Beach In Dorset Dorset Police is reminding residents and visitors to keep an eye on their belongings while enjoying the county’s beaches to avoid becoming a victim of theft. With a good weekend of warm weather on its way, officers are keen to ensure people don’t fall victim to theft and are issuing some crime prevention advice: • If you don’t need it, leave it at home. Only take possessions you really need to the beach. • Consider one of your group staying with your personal possessions when going into the sea or the shops/toilet. • You can buy waterproof bags and pouches to store mobile phones, wallets and car keys while you are in the water.  Inspector Darren Harris said: “It is fantastic to see so many people visiting Dorset’s beaches this summer after a long and difficult year. One of the main aims of our summer policing operation is to prevent crimes from occurring in the first place and therefore reduce the chance of

ADVICE ON USE OF E-SCOOTERS (based on ADW’s current understanding)

 1. Privately owned e-scooters can only be used on private lands  2. Beryl e-Scooters can be ridden on the public highways subject to      a) rider is registered with the scheme for use in Bournemouth and Poole (not Christchurch)       b) rider has a full or provisional UK driving license        c) the Beryl e-Scooter can only be ridden on the roads or in designated cycle lanes where they exist, and NOT on pavements or shared-use walkways 


 A warm welcome to PCC David Sidwick who assumes his new role today, May 13th. ADW looks forward to working with him and his office staff

To help with selecting your next PCC, we asked candidates 3 questions

ADW posed the following three questions to each of the five candidates standing in Dorset...   1. Why should Watch members vote for you? 2. If elected, what would be your top 5 priorities in the first 90 days and what milestones would you expect to achieve within that timescale? 3. Do you regard Watch groups as important in building safer communities, and if so how would you plan to help grow membership?   To see how each of them answered please select 'Dorset PCC elections' from the Updates & Live News menu at the top of the page, or alternatively click   HERE    More information on each candidate can be found at

PCC Election for Dorset on May 6th

 With our current PCC Martyn Underhill not standing for re-election, there are 5 new candidates contesting the post. 4 are from Political Parties - Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal/Democrat- plus 1 Independent.  To assist in selecting for whom you would vote, we have invited each of  them to answer 3 questions relevant to actual and potential Watch members. Their responses will be posted on this website.