Driver Awareness Course payments

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Dear Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner,

Not long ago I was aware that payments for the DAS were made to the PCC rather than Dorset Police. Could you let me know if this is still the case?

Yours faithfully,

Ian Belchamber

.PCC, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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.PCC, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr Belchamber,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 14 February 2023 asking if payments for the Driver Awareness Scheme were made to the Police and Crime Commissioner rather than Dorset Police. Whilst this is not a valid request under the Freedom of Information Act, I can advise that technically all receipts and payments are made in the name of the Police and Crime Commissioner, but the Driver Awareness Scheme receipts are managed by Dorset Police and included in their accounts.

Yours sincerely

Yvonne

Yvonne Fenwick | Governance and Contact Manager
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner | Force Headquarters | Winfrith | Dorset | DT2 8DZ
E: [Dorset PCC request email]

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Dear .PCC,

Thank you for the reply, although I can't find any indication in the rules about the request being not valid, can you indicate why?

Regardless of that, the answer seems a bit mirky, although it does seem as though it is still the PCC who actually receives the money.

However I can find no mention of it in the accounts for either the PCC or Dorset Police for 2021 or 2022, can you please point me in the direction of where this income is actually declared / recorded? Or is this an ommission which should be corrected? In any case, please could you provide me with the course income for each of the last 10 years.

Please can you provide any assessment that has been completed that demonstrates that the course, sold to the public as a "road safety" service actually delivers a road safety benefit?

In the event that no benefit has been formally identified, please can you provide me with any communcations there may have been about the legitimacy / correctness of this as it seems to be a conflict that the PCC receives £ millions directly from the public in the name of "road safety" when no proper evidence exists that this is achieved, when the PCC is meant to be holding the police to account on behalf of the public?

Yours sincerely,

Ian Belchamber

.PCC, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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