Dorset Police is set to share live real-time updates on hundreds of incidents this Saturday including redacted information of every contact received into the Force via 999 and 101 over a 12-hour period.
The event will run from 3pm on Saturday 16 September 2023 and will highlight the significant demand the Force faces on a daily basis, giving the public an idea of the variety and volume of calls for assistance received.
Members of the public can keep up to date with what’s happening on X (formerly known as Twitter) by following @DorsetPolice and keeping an eye out for the #ControlRoomLIVE hashtag.
In the equivalent 12-hour period last year, the Force dealt with 425 calls: 280 of these through the emergency 999 line and 145 via the 101 non-emergency number. This resulted in the Force creating 315 incidents and recording 80 crimes.
In the last few weeks, the force has also been busier than ever before receiving 13,082 calls to 999 in August 2023 alone – an increase of 15 per cent versus August 2022. This is on top of over 22k non-emergency contacts also received in August 2023.
Chief Superintendent Gavin Dudfield said: “We hope this initiative will give the public an insight into the diverse range of calls that come into the Force on an average Saturday night, which is one of the busier times of the week.
“The vast majority of our demand starts with a phone call to our contact centres, and I would like to thank our dedicated officers and staff who work hard to ensure we deliver an outstanding service to our communities day-in, day-out.”