COVID-19 (coronavirus)

This page will be used to keep you updated on how Dorset Police is responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

On Friday 3 April, Chief Constable James Vaughan released the below message to our communities in which he gives:

  • A tribute to Police Sergeant Ian Woodward who sadly died this week at home
  • A big thanks to our communities for following the advice and helping to prevent the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives
  • Further advice about travel and second homes


On Thursday 26 March, Chief Constable James Vaughan released the below message explaining how officers will use the new police powers handed down from Government. 


On Tuesday 24 March, Chief Constable James Vaughan released the below message explaining the importance of following Government guidelines. 

Operational updates: 

With the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are living in unprecedented and worrying times. With this in mind, Dorset Police are doing all we can to keep our officers, staff and community’s safe.

Emergency and high priority calls

  • You will see no changes to the way we respond to emergency and high priority calls. These are a critical function we will maintain to protect the public.
  • To help us to continue to provide a service please can, where possible for non-urgent calls, people visit our website to use our online crime reporting and other reporting forms instead of calling 101.
  • If you have a question and not sure who can help then try our non-emergency database, AskNED.

Police Enquiry Offices

Dorset Police are taking precautions to reduce the risk of contamination, including closing or reducing hours of police station enquiry officers. This has been a difficult decision, but a vital one in protecting the health of our officers and staff. Please do not visit police stations unless you really need to – you can find the latest information about opening times on the ‘Visit us’ page.

Staying up to date

  • Read our latest news online.
  • Follow us on Twitter.
  • Follow us on Facebook.

Government and Health advice

We all need to play our part in reducing the spread of the virus and you are urged to continue following the Government’s advice around social distancing, good hygiene and self-isolation.

Changes to policing services

  • With immediate effect all Driver Awareness courses are postponed until further notice. The Central Ticket Office will be in touch with all participants in due course, additionally the payment line has also been suspended until further notice.