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DPAC scheme for Dover, Deal and Sandwich achieves distinction

By Victoria Chessum

The Dover Partnership Against Crime (DPAC) scheme has been awarded a distinction and branded one of the best in the country.

The organisation combats theft, fraud and alcohol-fuelled disorder in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.

An assessment was carried out by Sandy Hobbs of the Association of Business Crime Partnerships who said she had “nothing but praise” for the outstanding work that DPAC had been involved with.

Following its two-yearly assessment for the Safer Business Award, DPAC has been given a distinction – for a third time.

Members display these stickers in their shop windows

“The application process for the award was exemplary,” she said.

“DPAC co-ordinator Karen Griffiths has once again submitted a flawless application and has shown that the passion and professionalism that has run through DPAC is still going strong.

“As one of her board mentioned, she weaves her financial magic to ensure that year on year DPAC lead the way with some innovative projects. One of the best applications for Safer Business Award that I have seen.”

As well as running efficiently as a charity, DPAC complies with criteria set by the Association of Business Crime Partnerships on data protection, operating guidelines, sharing photos and information, radio procedures and protocols.

Karen Griffiths with PSCO Chris Chapman and security guard at Boots, Seun Akerele

Members are also involved in the Three Strikes and Reduce the Strength campaigns to tackle alcohol problems.

In her report Sandy Hobbs highlighted a number of initiatives that DPAC had been involved with, including working with Dover Town Council to buy goggles which replicate the effects of drunkenness for use with teenagers, and showing the dangers of alcohol abuse.

DPAC chairman Graham Tutthill said they were delighted.

“It is a tribute to the efforts and commitment of all our members, in partnership with the police and CCTV, to tackle theft and other offences in our three towns,” he said.

“But it is particularly due to the diligence and hard work of our co-ordinator, Karen Griffiths, who works tirelessly to make sure DPAC works effectively.

“We are hoping that more traders will join us so that we can be even more successful.”

Read the full report in this week's Mercury, out now.

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