Christchurch Town Centre

Find your neighbourhood

The Christchurch Town NPT policing area covers the Christchurch Borough Town Centre Ward. The area forms a natural peninsular bordered by the River Stour to the west and south with Bournemouth on the far bank and to the east by the River Avon with Purewell Ward on the opposite bank. These rivers merge at the southern tip of the peninsular and enter Christchurch harbour. The network south railway line creates a manmade barrier and the ward boundary to the north with Portfield Ward.

Christchurch Town Centre Ward is predominately a residential area that in 2001 contained 1,856 habitable properties and supports a population of 3,622. 17% of housing is Council or Local Housing Authority/Social Housing (in the main exclusively sheltered housing for the elderly). The ward is the commercial heart of Christchurch, containing the main shopping centre, town public facilities and Twynham Comprehensive School. It is also the main centre for the town’s social nightlife and includes the recreational spaces of The Priory and Convent Meadows, Millhams Common, The Quomps, and the town’s large playing field and recreation ground.

Local priorities

Current Priorities Jan 2019


1 - Bike Thefts

There has been an increase in bike thefts at Two Riversmeet.  Liaising with the local leisure center, we are looking to promote the use of D locks and plan a crime prevention event with bike tagging.

Please keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for dates and locations.

2 - ASB

High visibility patrols targeting well know ASB hotspot areas.  Liaising with the local council, housing associations and youth services to bring regular offenders to justice.

You said - we did

This section is for us to share some of the daily work we do on your behalf.

You said
Residents were worried about ASB in the area following a spate of bus attacks. This was well recorded all over social media and it received a lot of attention .
We did
We planned a public meeting inviting Councilors and residents to address their concerns, encouraging reporting of ASB offences to the Police. We also addressed the situation on social media, responding to any comments made that may be relevant and helpful. This is an ongoing situation that we are dealing with.

Get involved

Speak with the team at one of the following local events.

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Your inspector

Inspector 1919 Shawn Whitley
Inspector 1919 Shawn Whitley

Your local station

Dorset Police NPT Office Fire Station Fairmile Road Christchurch BH23 2LB

Telephone: 101 for non-emergency calls. In an emergency please call 999.

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Front counter opening hours
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Local partner agencies

Christchurch and East Dorset council, civil enforcement officers and parking wardens and dog warden – all can be found on

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Christchurch Town Centre

Neighbourhood Policing Team

PS Kerry Shelley
PS Kerry Shelley
PCSO Dave Carmichael
PCSO Dave Carmichael
PC Matt Leeding
PC Matt Leeding
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: Dorset Police NPT Office Fire Station Fairmile Road Christchurch BH23 2LB.

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.

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