Ongoing crime and anti-social behaviour issues faced by Bournemouth town centre businesses were raised with Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner by BID Chief Operating Officer, Paul Kinvig.
Mr Kinvig meets regularly with the PCC David Sidwick, to keep him informed of the views and concerns of the BID’s 700 plus levy payers.
At the latest meeting on January 4, matters affecting the office sector, especially ASB, were on the agenda.
Mr Kinvig said: “These meetings are extremely useful and ensure that the concerns of the businesses are communicated directly and quickly to the police. I know that the important messages are getting through.”
The PCC is an elected official whose role is to represent the public, set policing strategy and secure funding for the police service. A PCC does not have responsibility for or get involved with operational policing, which remains the job of the chief constable.
Mr Kinvig added: “It is clear that Dorset Police has resource issues and remains underfunded compared with equivalent forces.
“Nevertheless, being able to directly challenge the PCC on a regular basis is one of the most important thing we can do at present because of the major issues the town centre is currently facing.”
Mr Kinvig said the collaboration with police in the new Town Team was a significant step forward and that the Business Crime Reduction Partnership being launched later this month with funding support from the PCC, could be a game-changer for town centre businesses .