Candidate Statement of Martyn Underhill

Martyn Underhill is the only Independent Candidate for the role of Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner.

He is standing for election because he feels that Party Politics and Dorset Police do not mix.

He believes in “Dorset Solutions for Dorset People”, and wants an Independent voice for Dorset.

Martyn was a Detective Chief Inspector in Sussex, he was second in charge of the Sarah Payne case and went on to be an adviser on the Soham case of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Martyn is an acknowledged expert on child abduction and has recently worked with the media in relation to the April Jones case in Wales.

He retired to Dorset in 2009.

In retirement, Martyn went on to campaign for safeguarding issues, including Sarah's Law, which was introduced into Dorset in 2010.

Martyn is very involved with the community as a Lay Member on the Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children's Board. He also sits as a Panel Member for Educational Appeals in Poole and Bournemouth.

Martyn is an operational advisor to the national charity Missing People.

Martyn is a trustee to three Dorset charities and a volunteer for Circles UK (South West) which supervises high risk sex offenders. Martyn is Vice President of Parkstone Rotary Club.

Martyn has a Masters Degree and Diploma in Criminology.



Martyn has been campaigning for several months, meeting the people of Dorset, seeking people's views of their County, and policing.

If elected, Martyn will engage with the public to address their issues. Martyn wants to create 8 PCC Forums across Dorset, where the public can share their views and experiences of policing.

Martyn's main priority is to re-engage the public with the police, on all levels, and aims to do this by enhancing Neighbourhood Watch schemes to a pan-Dorset level, with support in Police HQ to the Watches.

He also wants to double the amount of Special Constables and Volunteers in Dorset, with Rural and Marine Special Constables being recruited as well.



1. Putting the Victim First.

2. Cutting Crime and Catching More Criminals.

3. Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour.

4. Tackling Domestic Violence.

5. Making our police more visible.

6. Reducing re-offending in Dorset.

7. Protecting our Marine and Rural Communities.

8. Delivering value for money from Dorset Police.

9. Listening to you – The people of Dorset.

10. Securing more funding for our Force.

You don't need to be a party politician to achieve good policing in Dorset.

Please visit my website for a more in depth Manifesto.

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One Response to Candidate Statement of Martyn Underhill

  1. Sceptical of PCC's (and increasingly being proved correct) says:

    An excellent candidate and an independent – however as he has a great deal of knowledge and experience of policing he is probably not qualified.

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