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Driver awareness courses: 150% profit for Dor$et Road Sa£e


So I can see that in 2010 / 2011, 20,507 attended the course at a total cost of £813,000, resulting in a cost per person of
813,000 / 20,507 = £39.65.
But you have not answered my question about what makes this cost up. £39 seems very high to for 1 person to attend a course where such high numbers are processed. Please can you provide a breakdown of the £813,000 as originally requested.
Nonetheless, a 150% profit, where there the Dft have said there should be no surplus, and with Dorset being the highest charging council, and with the Dft of the opinion that they have successfully removed financial motivation to set enforcements, has clearly demonstrated how seedy this ghastly business has become. I also note that in section 7 of the document you refer to, 2 of the objectives of DAS are "to improve internal and external police relationships" and "improve the public perception of Dorset Road Safe".
WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THE POLICE IN DORSET - the only way you will achieve these objectives is to STOP TRYING TO MAKE SO MUCH MONEY and to put proper cops on the road looking for DANGEROUS DRIVERS. The income will come from a smaller number of higher fines for more serious offences and properly reducing KSI costs. The £1m cost you mention for a death is clearly complete nonsense but if you believe it, you have to just save 2 lives to equal the income from courses. One single traffic cop could achieve much more than this. STOP THROWING OUR MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN ON SPEED CAMERAS, MOBILE OR FIXED, and the ridiculous "no excuses" operations which proudly announce numbers of fines and some of the silly things said without providing any evidence of casualty reduction - something that would probably be deeply offensive to anyone effected by road trauma.  
I look forward to your response about breakdown of the £813,000. I also note that the "Speed on green" camera will be relocated. Please could you let me know where to.
Ian Belchamber

Sent: Friday, June 24, 2011 11:18 AM
Subject: Response from Dorset Police 2011-178 NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED


Dear Mr Belchamber, 

Our reference - 2011- 178                               

Thank you for your request dated 26th April 2011 which was then extended on the 1st June 2011. The information referred to below was published late yesterday and so was not available until now.

You asked the following;

Could you please detail to me the COST OF PROVISION of the course (per person), and what makes this up? 

Your request has now been considered and we provide our response below.

Section 17 of the Act requires Dorset Police, when refusing to provide such information (because the information is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which: (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

For your request as a whole the exemption provided by Section 21(1) – Information reasonably accessible by other means – is engaged.

Section 21 - All information that is available relating to your request can be found within the following documents which are available on the Dorset Police Authority website;


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Dorset Police. Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write or contact me on telephone number 01202 223402 quoting the reference number.

Dorset Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure. If you decide to request such a review you should address your request to the Head of the Information Compliance Unit, Professional Standards Department, Dorset Police Headquarters, Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8DZ  or foi@dorset.pnn.police.uk .You have a further right to ask the Information Commissioners Office to decide whether or not your request has been appropriately dealt with, but they will not consider your complaint until the Dorset Police Review Procedure has been concluded.

Yours Sincerely,

Lucianne Pharoah

Freedom of Information Officer

Professional Standards Department

Dorset Police Headquarters

Winfrith, Dorchester. DT2 8UU