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North Dorset police cover a huge 235 square mile area, & work hard to effectively engage with the public & work with partner agencies to resolve local policing priorities. The team is divided amongst the main towns, & also covers the large surrounding rural areas. They support each other as well as working with our response teams & volunteers from the Special Constabulary & wider community in the guise of CCTV volunteers, Community Speed-watch, home watch & farm watch initiatives.

The teams (Gillingham & Shaftesbury, Blandford & Rural) are led by an Inspector, supported by two Sergeants, the Blandford team then comprises of, 1 PC & 2 PCSO’s. Each PC is dedicated to a specific town – but will often work with each other & come together in problem solving or addressing specific local priorities. The team also, where possible comes together to police the many events held in the area. Each town has a police presence, although the main policing hub is in Blandford.

The policing hub for North Dorset is in Blandford & the station is open twice a week for public enquiries. The town has also seen a growth in housing, & with the adjacent village across the River Stour of Blandford St. Mary, means the combined population is around 12,000. The town also has an Army Garrison a couple of miles outside - this being the home of the Royal Signals.

North Dorset has one of the lowest crime levels in the county, & is a lovely place to live, hence the continued expansion of the towns, we would like to keep you safe as well as support those affected by crime and to protect the vulnerable in our communities.



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Local Priorities

1. To Disrupt and Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) with a focus on Youth related ASB and Hotspots.

Issue Date: 01/04/2021

It is still a top priority for Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and North Dorset Rural, along with our patrol Teams to support Dorset Police's IMPACT Team (Integrated Missing Person and Child Exploitation Team) and partner agencies to protect children and young people at risk of Anti-Social Behaviour & Vulnerability. Recent trends include underage drinking, drug misuse and associated ASB and Disorder at identified Hotspots utilising the Victim, Offender, Location, Time  (VOLT) Policing Model.

We are aware that ASB adversely affects people who live within our communities, working in collaboration with our partners we will explore possible solutions. 
With the help of our communities we will identify vulnerable people who may be susceptible to becoming a victims of ASB and this will help to us to inform, reassure and signpost them for the appropriate support. As well as targeting the offenders. 

Your Neighbourhood Policing Teams welcome any information or support from the public and local community.  Please continue to report incidents to us on line, on 101 or 999 in an emergency. 

With the easing of the COVID-19 Restrictions, this priority will continue to be monitored and reviewed. 

Action Date: 01/07/2021

Following on from our recent Neighbourhood Policing Priority Surveys (published on this website and via our social media channels) Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) has been selected as a top priority for residents in Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and North Dorset Rural.

Throughout the previous quarter we continued to patrol hotspot areas and dealt with ASB using appropriate and proportionate actions. Our partner agencies have increased Youth Out Reach and we will continue to work with them throughout the summer months to protect children, young people and people at risk of exploitation. 

2. Drug Dealing - Disrupt 'County Lines' networks and criminal exploitation of vulnerable people.

Issue Date: 01/04/2021

County Lines' is a national issue which involves the exploitation of vulnerable persons; this can involve both young people and adults who require safeguarding. These vulnerable young people and adults are targeted by violent members of drug networks and gangs in order to move and sell drugs across the country or. Agencies have identified that there is growing evidence of city-based drug networks extending their drug dealing activity into new areas, many of which are coastal and market towns. The drug networks will often take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing. This has a significant impact on the local community and increases the level of street dealing and ASB

We will proactively target organised drug supply by developing and acting on community intelligence.
In conjunction with the County Lines Team, we will carry out regular safe and well checks on vulnerable members of the community. 
This will help protect them from the risks that county lines drugs suppliers pose.

We will also liaise with and signpost vulnerable victims to our partner agencies that can offer help, support and advice.  

Action Date: 01/07/2021

This priority has, again, been selected by the community as a priority this quarter. In the previous quarter we have continued to tackle drug related activity in Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and North Dorset Rural.  We have worked with partner agencies and have safeguarded persons where necessary.

As this priority has rolled into our first quarter of 2021, we will continue to work on this priority, monitor and review it when needed.    

3. Rural Crime - including Burglaries and other rural related crimes.

Issue Date: 01/04/2021

Reports of rural crime, from farm thefts to poaching, as well as criminal damage and other illegal activity, are a priority for the Neighbourhood Policing Team. These reports and crimes can represent a considerable loss to a victim.

Action Date: 01/07/2021

We will gather intelligence, engaging with rural communities to ensure that we direct our resources appropriately. We will conduct enforcement and prevention operations, with the aim of protecting victims and reducing the effect rural crime has.

We will consult with our communities to ensure we're achieving these aims.

From the recent Neighbourhood Policing Priority Survey, Burglaries have been selected as a top priority. Our rural communities have been affected by burglaries recently, therefore this will also be a focus for our teams. 

We will work in partnership with the Rural Crime team to police our rural communities, share intelligence and engage.

Work is also being done with Dorset Waste partnership targeting fly tipping and associated offences.

Please check our Social media pages for updates on our achievements.

4. Summer Demand and expected increase in Visitors/tourism – Neighbourhood Policing Teams continuing response to the regulations.

Issue Date: 01/04/2021

With the easing of Lockdown and anticipated increase in staycations- It is likely that we will see an increase in tourism and visitors which may impact on the Rural infrastructure of our areas.

We will continue to:

1) ENGAGE with our community via all safe methods available to us to inform, educate and reassure.

2) EXPLAIN the Government guidance and the Law.

3) ENCOURAGE voluntary compliance with the guidelines and the Law.

4) ENFORCE the law as a last resort.

We will apply the law in a system that is flexible, discretionary and pragmatic. This will enable us to make sensible decisions and employ our judgement where necessary.

Action Date: 01/04/2021

This priority is on-going, which will be reviewed and updated when appropriate. 


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Your Inspector

Inspector Simon Perry 1656
Inspector Simon Perry 1656

Your local station

Blandford Police Station
Salisbury Road
DT11 7HR

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Neighbourhood Policing Team

Jane Moore PS 1451
Jane Moore PS 1451
Charlotte Baylis PCSO 7164
Charlotte Baylis PCSO 7164
Jamie Burt PCSO 5313
Jamie Burt PCSO 5313
What we do

Neighbourhood policing improves the quality of life within Dorset communities. Working together with partner agencies and problem-solving with local people and groups, we will target the policing issues that matter most in your area.

Get in touch with us today to raise any issues you have and to find out what priorities we are currently working on. This is your chance to influence the service that the police, and our partners, provide.

You can contact us via the Dorset Police website or social media, where we also promote upcoming meetings and events. We are based at: Blandford Police Station.

In an emergency

The Neighbourhood Policing Team works with colleagues across Dorset Police, but does not respond to emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, always dial 999 immediately, so we can help you as quickly as possible.